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Glass artist Mike Conrad @ Nova Café

Mike Conrad is showcasing a variety of glass art this month— fire goddesses whose svelte figures support cones of glass flames, ominous black trees with small enticing red apples—at the Nova Café. The show also features everything from Conrad’s intricate goblets, methods learned in Murano, Italy, under master Cesare Toffolo, to whimsical and seasonally appropriate heart pendants. The show runs through the end of February.

Conrad has been working with glass for almost 13 years. He spends much of his time in his Bozeman glass shop doing torch work, but may also be found at home in Washington. He trained in both Seattle and Italy, working with Roger Parramore, Nancy Callan and Lucio Bubacco, combining torch and hotshop techniques. Conrad also teaches workshops at Pratt Fine Arts Center in Seattle.

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!