The School of Art of Montana State University and Shack-Up announce Glory of the West: Contemporary Montana Artists from the Waller-Yoblonsky Collection. Visionary art collector Tony Waller will give a lecture and slide presentation profiling contemporary Montana Artists, particularly from his personal collection. The lecture will be held at the Museum of the Rockies’ Hager Auditorium, Friday, February 22 at 7:00 pm. A native of Montana who now resides in Washington DC, Waller has been inspired by and collecting Montana artists for over three decades. Not only a patron of Montana contemporary artists, Waller was one of the 2002 recipients of the Alumni Achievement Award from MSU, contributing to future generations.
Glory of the West exhibition will run from February 23 through April 4, 2008 at Shack-Up, at 109 North Rouse. Saturday, February 23 from 5:00 – 7:00 pm, Waller and some of the artists he has collected will be at Shack-Up for a reception. The events are open and free to the public.
For more information please call Erin W. Anderson at 994-2562 or Shack-Up at 586-6336.
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.
I’m Kathryn Helzer and I manage Shack Up (908 N. Rouse Ave., Bozeman).
2. Do you have a defined mission or niche?
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?
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?
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?
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?
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.