“Downtown Bozeman”: June Billings Safford @ Altitude Gallery

Altitude Gallery is pleased to present “Downtown Bozeman”, a collection of original oil paintings by longtime Bozeman resident, June Billings Safford.  There will be an Artist’s Reception during the Art Walk on July 8 from 6-8pm.  Complimentary hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will be served.

Safford, born in Brooklyn, NY, moved to Bozeman forty years ago.  She has since retired from a teaching career in the English department at Bozeman High.  As a painter, the West has come alive for Safford with an eye to the rural settings and a plenitude of nature.  Her latest focus brings Safford back to her urban roots as she explores the unique architecture of downtown Bozeman.  She is drawn to the historic buildings as well as some of the newer downtown additions.  “I’ve watched Bozeman become more and more beautiful as it sheds its sixties fronts” says the artist.  “I hope those who view these paintings will form an even firmer appreciation for our vibrant downtown.”   Safford’s paintings will be showing in the gallery July 8-August 8.

Altitude Gallery has been showcasing contemporary art in the Gallatin Valley for six years, and in downtown Bozeman for over four years.  Owner Amy Kirkland says “June so perfectly captures the lively feel of our wonderful downtown.  She has included some real gems in this complete body of work.  I would encourage anyone with a love of architecture, art, or downtown Bozeman to stop in the gallery to see their favorite building done in June’s expressive style.”

Altitude Gallery is located in the heart of historic downtown Bozeman, MT at 134 E. Main St.  Voted Bozeman’s Best Art Gallery in 2010 and 2011.  Open 10-6 Mon.-Sat. and 10-3 Sun. www.altitudegallerybozeman.com