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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 www.museumoftherockies.org or to purchase tickets call 406-994-1998.

Lecture by photographer Thomas Joshua Cooper

Montana State University presents a lecture by renowned photographer Thomas Joshua Cooper at the Museum of the Rockies at 7 p.m., Monday, Feb. 22. Admission is free but space is limited.

Working solely with an 1898 Agfa field camera, Thomas Joshua Cooper has established himself as one of the foremost photographers of our time and was the recipient of the 2009 Guggenheim Fellowship. He photographs only outdoors, but his pictures are far from nature “shots.” They are images he makes or finds, each unique, with each site captured in a single exposure, and then rendered as a selenium-toned silver gelatin print.

He is perhaps best known for his Atlas Project. Inspired by reading about Magellan’s circumnavigation of the world in the 16th century and the lasting impact that has had on world history, Cooper set out about 20 years ago to “chart” the Atlantic Basin, capturing points of land he had picked out on a map. He has published the photos from each segment of his photographic journey, from South Africa to Scandinavia (point of no return, 2004), along the eastern coast of South America (Ojo de Agua, 2006), in the Arctic and Antarctic (true, 2009), and, during his Guggenheim Fellowship term, up the eastern and Gulf coasts of North America, exploring the Rio Grande, Mississippi River and Hudson’s Bay as well. Once this final section is completed, Cooper will collect these parts into a single work titled “An Atlas of Emptiness and Extremity.”

Cooper is currently a professor and senior researcher in fine art at the Glasgow School of Art. See Wikipedia for more information on Cooper, or Artnet for a sampling of his photographs.

First chance to see Wine Classic art work @ MOR

The Museum of the Rockies will host a preview of exclusive art pieces for sale at the annual fund-raiser Wine Classic, 7-9 p.m., Thursday, June 4.

This is a chance to meet regional artists, including Barbara Van Cleve, Jeb Todd, Parks Reece, Keith Anderson, Adria Pope, Kyle Bajakian, Brad Anderson, Will Pope, Kirstin Kainz, and Beth Livingston. Hear the stories behind their art while sampling hors d’oeuvres with a no-host wine bar. The artists will have exclusive art pieces for sale as well as a raffle drawing. For reservations call 994-1998. Cost is $10 for members, $15 for non-members. More details at MOR.

Edward Curtis: A Conversation with the Curators @ MOR

Edward Curtis, praised as a photographer but often criticized for his romanticized images of American Indians, will be the topic of discussion by curators Michael Fox and Steve Jackson on Thursday, April 2, 6:00-7:00 PM at the Museum of the Rockies. A collection of Curtis photographs is on display at the Museum through May 10.

Photographer Mark Klett @ Museum of the Rockies: “Thoughts about space and time”

The photographer Mark Klett will give a public lecture at the Museum of the Rockies Hager Auditorium on Friday, October 10, at 5:30 pm.

Trained as a geologist, Mark Klett established his artistic perspective on the Western American landscape as the chief photographer for the Rephotographic Survey Project (1977-79), which rephotographed scenes visited by the first photographic surveys of the West in the 1860s and 1870s.

Salvatore Vasapolli @ Museum of the Rockies – NORTHERN ROCKIES: The Introspective Landscape

The Museum of the Rockies presents an exhibition of 27 large-format landscapes representing a selection of Salvatore Vasapolli‘s best photographic work produced during his many years photographing in Montana and Wyoming. His recently published large-format tabletop book Montana, with text written by Montana’s former congressman, Pat Williams (Graphic Arts Center Publishing Company) has won World International Awards as well as the 2004 Sappi Gold Medal for top photographic book in North America. Vasapolli’s artwork hangs in many private collections and corporate offices from New York to California.

“Salvatore Vasapolli’s photographs of the Northern Rockies Region of Montana and Wyoming are among the finest expressions of the color landscape being done today. His intuitive sense for the quality of light and color are combined with a strong formalist style to create images of the land that range from the intimate to the dramatic.”

~Steven B. Jackson, Curator of Art and Photography, Museum of the Rockies

Vasapolli’s photographs will be on display in the Loft Gallery October 11 – January 4. A members-only preview will be on Friday, October 10, from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

More images at Vasapolli’s web site

Photographer Florian Schultz: Yellowstone to Yukon

Award-winning photographer Florian Schulz will give a presentation and book-signing at the Museum of the Rockies, Thursday, March 6, at 7:00 pm ($5 for Museum members, $7 for non-members). Schulz has been photographing extensively in the Rockies in support of the Yellowstone to Yukon Conservative Initiative, whose aim is to

to ensure that the world- renowned wilderness, wildlife, native plants, and natural processes of the Yellowstone to Yukon region continue to function as an interconnected web of life, capable of supporting all of the natural and human communities that reside within it, for now and for future generations.

You can learn more about Florian Schultz and see his image galleries and presentations on Y2Y and other projects at his web site.