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MORart event @ Museum of the Rockies

The Museum of the Rockies will be hosting its fourth annual MORart event in honor of all the artists who have donated their art to the Wine Classic this year. MORart, to be held on Thursday, June 2, from 7–9:30 p.m. in the Museum’s newly renovated lobby, will showcase the artists’ work and provide an opportunity to mingle with the artists themselves. Hors d’œuvres will be catered by the Emerson Grill with a no-host bar, and raffle tickets with prizes including experiences with the artists will be for sale for $1. Tickets for MORart are on sale now and are $10 for members and $15 for non-members.

“Each artist gets the opportunity to not only showcase their donated piece that will be auctioned at the Wine Classic on Saturday, July 16th, but to demonstrate their art processes, talk with event guests about their progression as an artist and selling other pieces from their collection,” said Robin Chopus, Wine Classic Co-Chair.

This year’s event will feature Honorary Artist Gennie DeWeese, a true pioneer and matriarch in every sense of the word. DeWeese has received national recognition and her work has become widely collected. Primarily an oil painter, DeWeese also worked in cattle markers, paint sticks and oil sticks, as well as drawing and woodcut printmaking, monoprints and lithographs.  Painting almost daily until she passed away at the age of 86 in 2007, Gennie’s work ethic, contagious enthusiasm and warmth is remembered just as well as her talent and passion for art.

In addition, artists including the late Freeman Butts–Painter, Tina DeWeese–Wire Sculptor, Ray Campeau–Painter, Laurel Hatch–Painter, John Juracek–Photographer, Sally Horner O’Neill–Jeweler, Stacey Herries–Painter, Russ Fry–Furniture Maker, Kirsten Kainz–Painter, Tom Thornton–Painter and Sculptor, Barb Schwartz Karst–Painter, Julie Oriet–Painter, Tyler Kimball–Glass Artist and Diane Ross–Furniture Maker, will be on hand to display their art and mingle with the attendees.

For more information visit or to purchase tickets call 406-994-1998.

“Second Nature” Eco-friendly and Re-styled Vintage Furniture by Carla and Chandler Pyle

Livingston furniture makers and restorers Carla and Chandler Pyle of Living Home Furniture craft and re-craft furniture that treads lightly on the earth without sacrificing style. From a mid-century chrome club chair reupholstered with eco-friendly fabrics and foam, to a new chair constructed with sustainably harvested hardwood and hand dyed silk from Thailand, each piece of furniture from this duo is a green work of art intended to be used and lived on. Come see and sit on this exhibit of new and vintage furniture in tart during the Emerson’s artwalk, and participate in a fantastical wonderland photo booth with photographer Jessie Moore.

Definition of Second Nature: “A habit or mode of behavior so long practiced that it seems innate.” The relationship of this definition to furniture may seem a bit obscure, until one considers the current state of the world, in which our old ingrained habits are shifting to accommodate the true cost of our resource use in every facet of our lives. Finding a second use for our furniture, where its very nature is transformed to fit our changing needs, is a solution we can feel good about.

10% of the proceeds from this show will be donated to Big Brothers and Sisters of Gallatin and Park Counties.

Opening reception on Friday, May 13th from 5-8p.m in tart, rooms 107B & C in the Emerson Center, 111 S. Grand Ave. Call 406-582-0416 or visit for more information. The show will be on display through June 8th, 2011.

MSU Painting and Drawing Guild Sale @ MSU April 18-20

A small artwork sale, consisting mostly of paintings and drawings and hosted by the MSU Painting and Drawing Guild, will be held in the basement of the SUB near the bookstore on April 18th, 19th and 20th from 10:00am to 2:30pm.  With a variety of techniques and artistic styles and a wide range of prices, everyone is sure to find something within their budget that they adore!  Artwork makes a great gift for any occasion and is always original.  All works are created locally by MSU student artists.

The Painting and Drawing Guild is always seeking new members so feel free to attend a meeting, email us, or check out the guild on Facebook to get involved.  The next Guild meeting will be held Wednesday, April 27th at 6pm in the painting room, 227 Haynes Hall.  Life Drawing, open to the community, is $5 per three hour model session, each Monday evening beginning at 6:00pm in 233 Haynes Hall. For more information please call 605.728.2908 or email

Art @ the Library

Local Artists at Work
Artists Jerolyn Dirks and Terry and Whitney Hall, exhibitors in the Bozeman Library’s Atrium Gallery, will be working on current painting projects in the lobby for the month of April while their show is displayed. Terry and Whitney will be painting live every Friday, beginning April 1 from 1:00 to 3:30 pm, and Jerolyn will paint on Tuesdays, beginning April 5 from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm. The public can see original painting in progress, see how a painter operates, and ask questions about that piece or any of their artwork on display. This is a unique chance to see an artist at work!

Call for Local Artists!
The Bozeman Public Library Foundation requests submissions from solo and group artists to exhibit in the Atrium Gallery for 2012. The Atrium Gallery will showcase both traditional and innovative contemporary art forms, with each exhibit on display for one to three months. The Library is committed to exhibits that will expand the public’s appreciation of art, as well as reflecting the diversity of the community. Selections are chosen by the Library Art Committee, consisting of local artists, community members, and staff from the Library and Library Foundation. To apply for 2012 or to learn more, please see the Exhibit Proposal Guidelines at, or contact Paula Beswick, Library Foundation Director at 582-2426. Submission deadline is April 30!

“Headdress for Success” Paintings by Laura Poinsette

tart unveils a new collection of shadow boxes and paintings by Livingston artist Laura Poinsette, featuring portraits of disguise and camouflage. Inspired by the restlessness that often accompanies this season of late winter doldrums, this series illustrates the ability to transport ourselves away from our own reality using our most available vehicle, physical transformation.

A portion of the proceeds from this show will be donated to Heart of the Valley Animal Shelter and Stafford Animal Shelter, caring for stray animals in Gallatin and Park Counties.

Opening reception on Friday, April 8th from 5-8p.m in tart, rooms 107B & C in the Emerson Center, 111 S. Grand Ave. Call 406-582-0416 or visit for more information. The show will be on display through May 11th, 2011.

MSU Painting and Drawing Guild Sale in the SUB

On Monday, March 21st and Tuesday March 22nd from 11am to 2pm, the MSU Painting and Drawing Guild will be selling small paintings to raise money for an encaustic painting workshop as well as other arts events on campus. For every purchase you can submit your name into a raffle for a painting donated by one of the guild members. Whether you’ve started an art collection or are just beginning, stop by to purchase affordable artworks for yourself or as gifts made by MSU art students! For more information please call 406.579.1724 or email

Social commentary @ The Emerson: Bently Spang and Re/Vision

Two exhibits of social commentary will open at the Emerson March 11th, 2011. The Jessie Wilber Gallery will feature an installation and video by Northern Cheyenne artist Bently Spang. entitled New America Relics: Redux 2. Spang exhibits internationally and maintains a studio practice in Billings, Montana.

The exhibit is an edgy yet humorous critique on the perceived preciousness of imagined museum objects and a challenging Native perspective on how white people view Indians and cultural history. The installation is composed of dramatically lit glass “sculptures” cast from molds of commonplace objects from our contemporary corporate society. The video is a tongue-in-cheek interview with a costumed Spang. See the exhibit and video on ArtWalk, March 11, 5-8 pm or at our Open House before the PowWow, Friday,April 1, 5-7. The public is also meet the artist, hear a gallery talk, and see additional videos on Tuesday, March 29, 7 pm. All activities will take place in the Wilber Gallery.

In conjunction with Spang’s exhibit, three Montana artists will exhibit their own brand of commentary and satire in Emerson’s Lobby show entitled Re/Vision. These artists assemble disparate found objects and tell unpredictable stories that may be funny yet thought-provoking. Missoula artist and curator Stephen Glueckert is showing hand-cranked interactive sculptures that depict famous men in history, but with a playful twist that pokes fun at their roles as “celebrities.” Bryan Peterson‘s functional jewelry combines appropriated objects that communicate symbolic narratives about friends and notable characters. Petersen teaches jewelry and metals at Montana State University – Bozeman and the Bear Canyon School of Art & Craft.

Artist April Marie Hale to exhibit MFA show, “Nature of the Human Animal”

April Marie Hale will be exhibiting her Master’s thesis show, Nature of the Human Animal, in the Helen E. Copeland Gallery at the School of Art at Montana State University from March 21-25, 2011. There will be an artist’s reception on March 24 from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. April’s thesis work encompasses adornment, sculpture, and fiber art made from locally gathered natural materials. The exhibition addresses our relationships with plants, animals, ourselves, and the wilderness. The Helen E. Copeland Gallery is open Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. For more information, contact the artist at