The New Entropy is exhibiting an exploration of imagery, Upon the Heels of the Mystics, at the Danforth gallery on August 27 at 5pm for members of the Danforth and 5:30pm for the public. New works from Dalton C. Brink, Ryan Mitchell, April Hale, and William Shirey will be on display for your viewing pleasure. A live performance from our hometown hero Jason Lytle of Grandaddy and Admiral Radley fame will be granted for your listening pleasure. The exhibition includes works of painting, writing, film, installation, live performance, music, fashion, ceramics, sculpture, and much more. Wine and refreshments for the taking. Come and enjoy.
RAW, an exhibition of recent work by five returning Montana State University graduate students, will be on display at the Danforth Gallery in Livingston from May 21st- June 22nd. An artist reception will be held Friday May 21, 5:30-8:30 PM.
Sukha Worob, Emily Browne, Shannon Berg, April Hale, and Lorie Hoffman are returning to the Danforth Gallery after completing their second year with the School of Art at MSU. “We are eager to have these talented young artist back for their second group show at the Danforth this year”, said Traci Isaly, the Danforth Gallery Director. “These students present work that is fresh, unfiltered, and deliberate. As they evolve through the program at MSU, it is interesting to watch their progression in terms of style, themes and subtle variations of those themes, over time. What transpires over the course of their 3-year journey to an MFA degree is exciting as well as engaging. We are delighted to partner with these young artists and share their progression with our members as well as the general public”, said Isaly.
The exhibiting artists include sculptor Shannon Berg, exhibiting large drawings; 2-D artist Emily Browne, showing figurative paintings/drawings; Lorie Hoffman, op art paintings; April Hale, conceptual “jewelry” that combines cast and fabricated metal objects with appropriated mixed media; and Sukha Worob, prints with a “pop art” influence. The exhibiting artists employ both traditional and contemporary techniques with the scale ranging from the intimacy of jewelry to expansive paintings. Some artists focus on a purely aesthetic and optical experience while others promote concepts and emotions that are essential to appreciating the work.
Trace: An exhibition of recent work from graduate and undergraduate students of the Montana State University School of Art will be on display at the Danforth Gallery in Livingston from May 22nd- June 23rd.
The exhibition was organized by Traci Isaly and curated by Rollin Beamish, Assistant Professor of Painting at MSU-Bozeman. While the work of these young artists is formally diverse, it is nonetheless unified by a certain resonance, a searching or questioning about the very nature of our existence as cultured beings, and a meditation on the after-effects of our presence within our natural and cultural landscape. Whether figurative, non-objective, or a mixture of both, each artist is hunting for an elusive understanding, and the works they produce can be read as clues or “traces” along the way; open-ended statements that act more as invitations for participation than definitive claims, asking viewers to share in this inquisitiveness.
Participating artists include: Shannon Berg, Emily Browne, Gretchen Bundy, Crystal Carpenter, April Hale, Lorie Hoffman, Thane Lund, and Sukha Worob. There will be an artist reception on the evening of Friday May 22nd from 5:30 – 8:00 p.m. The Danforth Gallery is located at 106 N. Main Street. For more information contact the gallery at 406-222-6510.
Dalton Brink, Jonathan Raney, Will Shirey, and April Hale are putting on a show at the Waller-Yoblonsky Gallery at the MSU graduate studios on May 8, 7-9pm. Entitled Family Tree, it will feature works composed on canvas, by all, of identical dimensions, root 3, root 4 canvases. A reception will be held featuring music by Jeff Pagano.
Dalton Brink: I like the idea of being able to create something real, a narrative story inside the viewer’s head, whether or not it has anything to do with some predetermined intent I may have had during its creation. I find it rewarding when each individual viewer has their own explanation, their own story, behind the images I produce, a living world completely apart from me. I hope you can see some of your own stories in my work.
Equal parts metalsmithing and taxidermy, these works by April Hale highlight the humble detritus of highways and byways. Fur, bones, and teeth combine with metal to create odd, haunting things of beauty. The show will be on display through the end of October. Opening reception during Hatch artwalk on Wednesday, October 1st, 5-8p.m.
Aunt Dofe’s winter holiday show opening on Sunday December 16 will
appeal to a wide audience. The main gallery will be full of fabric
yardage and banners that have been shibori dyed by Marlene Saccoccia.
Shibori is an ancient hand dying technique most of us are familiar
with in its common form as “tie died”. But this isn’t the stuff you or
your grandmother wore to Grateful Dead concerts. Those bright colors
and bold blotches are there on some of the pieces, but subtle colors
and small, intricate patterns and textures are also well represented.
The room full of fabric is available for casual wanderers, but the
show is of particular interest to quilters and clothing makers looking
for something spectacular to accent their projects.
The show is set up like an exotic bazaar in the main gallery and
to stretch the bazaar theme further, jeweler/ sculptor April Hale will
be showing her work that is fabricated from silver and “roadkill” in
“the meat locker”. In this series of work Ms. Hale combines her
beautifully conceived and crafted silver work with materials we
usually don’t consider beautiful. She takes a few quills and some bone
and makes a finger ring reminiscent of abstract sculpture. But there
is nothing abstract about it. It is silver. It is quill from a
roadkilled porcupine. It is bone from who knows where. And it is
really beautiful sculpture. April treats all the elements of her work
with deep respect that often uses humor, but never makes rude jokes.
And so she makes us look at that blob at the side of the road with a
renewed appreciation of what it was and what it could become. She will
also be showing work that isn’t from the roadkill series just to get
us looking at scrabble tiles and cheep paperbacks with her same fresh
BAZAAR will open at noon on Sunday December 16 and the artist’s
reception will be from 5 until 7 that evening. Aunt Dofe’s Hall of
Recent memory is at 100 Main Street in Willow Creek. If you would like
to take an afternoon drive with a unique destination on any other day
before the closing on January 16, 2008, please call Dave Kirk at 285-6996 to arrange it.