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Fundraiser for Aunt Dofe’s Hall of Recent Memory

Like a hole finger-poked in the soil, Aunt Dofe’s (rhymes with loaf) Hall of Recent Memory, provides a place for artists to grow. In these times of ever-growing concern, curator Dave Kirk not only encourages artists who might not have a place to show their work, but inspires them to push beyond their limits and examine their own processes. For the last half a dozen years, Kirk nurtured known as well as unknown makers of contemporary art in his non-profit gallery located on Main Street in Willow Creek, Montana. But to take the metaphor further, Kirk doesn’t weed the garden, but allows it to grow whatever decides to take root – and an extraordinary thing happened – people came from all over the state to gorge themselves on the bounty.

It is never easy to admit, but now more than ever this gallery is asking for help. Dozens of artists have donated their work to the cause. The fundraiser/sale of pieces by Robert Royhl, Sara Mast, Tom Ferris, Jeffrey Conger, Ellen Ornitz, Tina DeWeese, Tom Thorton, Nina Alexander, Marcy James, Gabriel Kulka and many others will be available for purchase on a first come, first sold basis, on Sunday, November 2nd from 2 to 8 pm.

Across the street, the Willow Creek Café will offer gourmet meals, with the proceeds going to keep Aunt Dofe’s open. If this is something you’re interested in doing please call 406-285-6996 for more information or to reserve your ticket.

Kirk, and his gallery in Willow Creek, is a haven both for artists with a tendency toward the unconventional and for the rest of us, whose belief is often shaken by the hard edges of the world.

Turning a New Corner at Aunt Dofe’s

Aunt Dofe’s Hall of Recent Memory in Willow Creek has had a funding crisis of sorts and has had to at least postpone and perhaps cancel the next two years of scheduled shows. Reacting to this crisis, there is a group of people who are exploring ideas to help Aunt Dofe’s continue and maybe expand. Some of these ideas will be presented at the last Willow Creek Artwalk of 2008 this Friday, September 19, from 6 until 9 PM. There will be a suggestion box and sign-up sheets for people who want lend their support.

“We are going to try something new in the main gallery this time” says curator Dave Kirk. “We’re going to have the stuff for sale, with price tags on the art.  Our plan isn’t to change the format of the main gallery as much as to test the waters for putting such a gallery in the back of the building to help support the format we’ve been using in the front.”

Dave Kirk goes on to say in the spirit of this foray into actually selling art, Aunt Dofe’s will be replacing the show originally scheduled for September with a show of his own work.

[Ed. note: Those who haven’t been to Aunt Dofe’s can’t know what they’re missing. Check it out this Friday if possible. If you’re out of town like me, Dave can always be reached at davekirk22@gmail.com]

Noellynn Pepos and Jerry Rankin @ Aunt Dofe’s Hall of Recent Memory

Noellynn Pepos and Jerry Rankin will present: “…resonance, when vowels fall” at Aunt Dofe’s Hall of Recent Memory, 102 Main Street, Willow Creek from August 15 until September 14, with an artists’ reception from 5 until 9 PM, Friday August 15.

Meanwhile, until August 10, the work of Kathryn Yelsa is on view. A reception with Yelsa will be held July 18. See earlier post for more about Yelsa.

Phone 285 6996 for information or an appointment.

Kathryn Yelsa: ELEMENTS @ Aunt Dofe’s Hall of Recent Memory (updated)

Kathryn Yelsa is a Saint Ignatius sculptor who works with what she calls “opulent local materials” She showed work at the first Butte Phantom Galleries in 2004. Her older work proved her to be an accomplished sculptor, but she was also showing some of her newer work that took her insights a ways farther. In that work, Ms. Yelsa was treating “simple river stones” as if they were precious gems, and so, in her hands and eyes, they became precious gems. And simple river stones will never be simple again.

And neither will red dogwood bark, wire, and found doll parts after you see her Garden Goddess standing in the gallery. She has the rare sophistication to never allow her technique to overpower the materials so the bluebird on a chipped piece of found crockery is allowed to sing its clear, pure notes without the artist’s interference. Kathryn Yelsa will be showing some of her older work as well as her latest sculpture and wearable art at Aunt Dofe’s Hall of Recent Memory, 102 Main Street in Willow Creek from July 18 until August 10. She will be attending a reception during The Willow Creek Art Walk from 5 until 9 PM on Friday July 18. Please call Aunt Dofe’s at 285-6996 to arrange other viewing times while her show is up.

BAZAAR Opening in Willow Creek @ Aunt Dofe’s Hall of Recent Memory

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.