Category Archives: Gallery interview

Mia Anima Gallery and Art Studio

The newest art gallery in The Emerson is the Mia Anima Gallery and Art Studio, located in the main gallery hall in Suite 110. A great time to check it out would be at this Friday’s Galleria art walk, October 9, 5-8 pm. The owner, artist Hallie Zolynski, tells about the gallery in Art Bozeman’s brief gallery interview format:

1. Please introduce yourself and your exhibit space.
Mia Anima Gallery and Art Studio is located in the Emerson Galleria Hall, Suite 110. We feature local artwork, apparel, and handmade crafts from Nepal and Tibet.

2. Do you have a defined mission or niche?
Our goal is to provide artwork that is affordable, local, and out of the ordinary.

3. What local/regional/national mix of artists have you had?
We have about 50% local, 25% regional, and 25% international work.

4. How do artists usually connect with you?
Artist come into the gallery usually, although I’m always on the look out when I’m out and about.

5. How should an artist looking for a show or advice best approach you?
By email (hzolynski@yahoo.com) (406-580-3597), then make an appointment.

6. Anything else you’d like to tell artists and art aficionados?
I love making art and showing art. Never give up on your goals and dreams!

Hallie is currently seeking another artist to show in Mia Anima. Please contact her if you’re interested!

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Altitude Gallery

The latest gallery interview is with Amy Kirkland of the Altitude Gallery. Altitude features art in a number of media, including glass, jewelry, painting, photography, pottery, woodworking, and others.

1. Please introduce yourself and your exhibit space.
The Altitude Gallery is located on Main Street, in the old Azteca space across from the Army-Navy store (with the horse). It’s nine feet wide by fifty-five feet deep.

2. Do you have a defined mission or niche?
The work in the gallery tends toward nature-based contemporary.

3. What local/regional/national mix of artists have you had?
We have about 50% local artists, and 50% regional, meaning Montana and surrounding states.

4. How do artists usually connect with you?
I find them, and they also find me. I find artists mostly through art shows and the Internet. They might find me by dropping in or hearing about us from a friend.

5. How should an artist looking for a show or advice best approach you?
The best would be to call first to set up an appointment. Ideally, I’d like to see one finished piece and a portfolio I can look through. A CD or web site is also good.

6. Anything else you’d like to tell artists and art aficionados?
I’m really happy to be part of the downtown Bozeman gallery scene!

Contact info: 134 East Main Street, Bozeman, MT 59715; phone 406.582.4472; info@altitudegallerybozeman.com; http://www.altitudegallerybozeman.com

The Artists’ Gallery

For the latest in my Gallery Interview series, I talked with Mary Jane Corrigan (President) and Jan Poulsen (Treasurer) of Artists’ Gallery. As it should, this took the form of a conversation, rather than following my six-question format. I’ll adhere to the structure for this post, but the formality is all mine. The gallery has as relaxed an ambiance as any I know, as you’ll find if you stop by.

1. Please introduce yourself and your exhibit space.
The Artists’ Gallery is in The Emerson, and is part of the recently-formed affiliation of first floor galleries known as the Galleria. Artists’ Gallery is run cooperatively by the current 13 members, and also shows work by many consigners, representing about 30 artists in all. We’ve been in business for 16 years, making us one of Bozeman’s oldest galleries.

2. Do you have a defined mission or niche?
We offer incredible, “down-to-earth” art at very affordable prices. Our artists work in a wide variety of genres, including jewelry, painting, bronzes, ceramics, and other media. There’s also great diversity of subject matter, including abstracts.

3. What local/regional/national mix of artists have you had?
The gallery represents entirely Montana artists, with most of them being from Bozeman or the immediate area.

4. How do artists usually connect with you?
Artists should feel free to drop by the gallery to talk with one of the artists at any time, or call us at 406-587-2127 to get information.

5. How should an artist looking for a show or advice best approach you?
Artists seeking to join or show at the gallery must be juried in; quality is very important, as is pricing. An artist should have a small selection of finished work ready to to be hung or placed. That’s the best way for us to judge how well they would fit in with the gallery.

6. Anything else you’d like to tell artists and art aficionados?
It’s called Artists’ Gallery because it belongs to the artists. We try hard to assist artists to become the best they can become in a free yet supportive environment. Bozeman has made a lot of progress in the arts over the years, and the gallery looks forward to continuing to grow with the Bozeman art community.

The Flying C Art Gallery at the Bozeman Co-op

I eat breakfast upstairs at the Co-op almost every week. I have a special fondness for that exhibit space, probably because I once had a show there myself. You can have one, too, but note the upcoming deadline of February 15 mentioned in the Gallery Interview below. (However, if you miss it, there are group shows you can submit to later, including one for April to be announced soon.)

1. Please introduce yourself and your exhibit space.
I’m Lori Keeling Campbell, Art Coordinator for The Flying C Art Gallery. It is located upstairs in the Coffee Bar at the Community Food Co-op (908 W. Main St., Bozeman, MT). We accept any media that can hang from a wall. Individual exhibits are one month long while group shows hang for two months.

2. Do you have a defined mission or niche?
We provide a forum for emerging artists who are Co-op Members. We accept a broad range of subject matter that is appropriate in a public eating area. The Co-op displays the art and allows the artist to include price and contact information, but does not handle sales. The Co-op charges no fee or commission.

3. What local/regional/national mix of artists have you had?
We only show the art of Co-op members, so the artists have been mostly local, though some, well known. We have Co-op Members living all over the U.S. who are all eligible to apply.

4. How do artists usually connect with you?

They can reach me by email at art@bozo.coop, or by phone at (406)587-4309, ext. 3038.

5. How should an artist looking for a show or advice best approach you?
Submission and information forms are located at the Customer Service Desk at the Co-op. A submission can be made at any time, but the Co-op Art Committee meets annually in order to select upcoming shows. Submissions should represent an accomplished body of work with a sense of theme or personal style. The next deadline is February 15, 2008.

Art at the Nova Café

Bozeman is fortunate to have a number of restaurants and cafés that offer display space to artists. I always look around at what’s on the walls, but I especially appreciate the chance to live with an artwork over the course of a meal, discovering things I didn’t notice at first glance. I’ve been several times to the Nova and always found interesting work there, so I was glad to get the following Gallery interview response from Julia.

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1. Please introduce yourself and your exhibit space.
My name is Julia McLeod; I work as the Gallery Coordinator at the Nova Cafe (312 E. Main St.) in Bozeman, Montana. The Nova strives to create an eclectic environment that appeals to a diverse clientele through locally featured artists.

2. Do you have a defined mission or niche?
Our venue is best suited to the visual arts, but we are open to any and all possibilities.

3. What local/regional/national mix of artists have you had?
The Nova has hosted a number of local artists working in a variety of media.

4. How do artists usually connect with you?
My contact information is available through the Nova Cafe (406-587-3973).

5. How should an artist looking for a show or advice best approach you?
It is easiest to contact me by phone or e-mail. I will personally meet with each artist to preview their work before entering into an agreement.

6. Anything else you’d like to tell artists and art aficionados?
In the short time I have been doing this, I have met artists who are doing amazing work. The Nova is honored to be a venue for the many talented artists living in the Bozeman area. We try to rotate the art every one to two months, so there is often something new to see. Come check us out!

Shack Up Design: the Art Bozeman interview

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Yesterday I interviewed Kathryn Helzer at Shack Up Design. It was actually more of a conversation, and I was distracted by the amazing leather armchair I was sitting in, but here’s my best effort at organizing it into questions and answers.

1. Please introduce yourself and your exhibit space.
pixel.gif I’m Kathryn Helzer and I manage Shack Up (908 N. Rouse Ave., Bozeman).

2. Do you have a defined mission or niche?
pixel.gif We are trying to promote contemporary work in the context of a non-traditional gallery setting. We sell classic modern to contemporary rustic. We try to promote design that meshes with almost any decor.

3. What local/regional/national mix of artists have you had?
pixel.gif We focus on local and regional, meaning Western. There are enough artists in this area that need to be showcased. Also, that’s what people are looking for.

4. How do artists usually connect with you?
pixel.gif Sometimes I ferret them out. I go to lots of openings and try to keep aware of what’s out there. Many of the artists I’ve known for some time, and I hear of others or they hear of us through word of mouth.

5. How should an artist looking for a show or advice best approach you?
pixel.gif Peruse your surroundings, go to galleries, and have a good idea of where your work would fit in. I’m always happy to look at work.

6. Anything else you’d like to tell artists and art aficionados?
pixel.gif Do what you love and for the art aficionados out there…go to galleries and buy art! Showing and selling contemporary art is hard work, but there is nothing else I would rather do.

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anna visscher @ tart @ The Emerson

I own a small shop/gallery named tart in the Emerson Cultural Center, and am looking for artists to do month long shows. I feature local and regional art, both jewelry, accessories, and more traditional art that hangs on walls. The space is bright, colorful, and fun. I’m looking for more contemporary, less traditionally “western” work, the quirkier the better. If you’re interested in showing in tart, I prefer email contact (tartalicious@yahoo.com), with images of your work attached. If it looks like it’s a fit, I’ll get in touch with you and ask you to come in and show me the work in person.