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Losing Color: mixed media paintings by Mika Holtzinger @ Zoot Art Gallery

Mika Holtzinger, recently moved to Montana, will present at the Zoot Art Gallery her most recent series, Losing Color: large scale paintings that celebrate the beauty and mystery of different species and their ecosystems. An opening reception will be held Thursday, July 7th from 5 to 8 PM, located at the Zoot Art Gallery, 555 Zoot Enterprises Lane, Bozeman, MT 59718. The work will be on exhibit July thru October.  The Zoot Art Gallery is open from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday.


Holtzinger, a contemporary wildlife painter, began her collegiate studies in the Midwest, graduating with a bachelor of fine arts from Wichita State University in Kansas. She also studied in Italy at the International School of Painting, Drawing and Sculpture before receiving her masters from the University of Oregon, in Eugene. Over the past ten years, Holtzinger has worked in many genres. She layers pencils, paints, inks, and pastels in such a way that the surfaces seem to almost vibrate. In her recent work she has abandoned the structure of traditional paintings, “I wanted this work to have a feeling of a tapestry or a flag rather than a painting. Years ago, I lived in a Buddhist ‘temple’ for a summer. It was a special place that housed traveling Tibetan monks but also rented safe and serene rooms to women. My fondest memories of living there are sitting in the prayer room and admiring the long, brilliant, hand painted prayer flags. I still feel connected to those images. This was my inspiration for using cloth as my surface and the scroll as my template.”

The natural world has always motivated Holtzinger, over the last few years her work has focused on creatures which pollinate, mostly birds and bees. ‘Losing Color’, marks a new direction for the artist.  “I was doing research on animal totems for a series of paintings I was working on, the more I studied about different animals and their biomes, the more I became aware of threatened and endangered species … the more I learned, the more I felt my work had to focus on these issues”. Holtzinger often refers to herself as a ‘steward’ to nature, someone who is tending and protecting the place where she lives.  Her images not only observe nature and the interconnectedness between species but also arouse reverence for her subjects. “I strive to make work that inspires people to more intricately bond with their environment, in hopes of forming a deeper appreciation for their surroundings”.

More information is available at www.zoot-art-gallery.com or www.mikaholtzinger.com

Jennifer Pulchinski drawings @ Zoot Art Gallery

Jennifer Pulchinski is the artist of intriguing barbed wire sculpture and unforgettable portrait drawings.  Her drawings, rendered in soft pastel, are reminiscent of what makes us human, emotionally.  Her sculptures display an inviting, soft movement made of an intense material.  Pulchinski is always recognized for her individual style.

An exhibit of Jennifer’s drawings from 2007 to current work will be on display at the Zoot Art Gallery March 4, 2011-June, 2011.  This collection will include drawings from her “Artists in Studio” theme, self-portrait work, drawings from her Identity Series 08-09 and individual portraiture work. A public opening reception will be held March 16, 5 – 8 PM. The gallery is located at the Zoot Headquarters building, 555 Zoot Enterprises Lane, near Four Corners. See map.

Chris Terfloth: Abstract paintings at the Zoot Gallery

A showing of colorful abstract “flow” paintings by local artist Chris Terfloth opens at the Zoot Enterprises Gallery of Art with an artist’s reception Friday, November 16 from 5pm to 8pm. The reception will include music by cellist Kyle Brenner, wine and hors d’oeuvres.

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Chris Terfloth has always been fascinated by “nature as art”. Terfloth translates natural patterns into colorful, abstract paint flows and geometric shapes. He also incorporates elements such as fused glass, sand, garnet and mica to create texture. “I like my paintings to have a tactile quality that encourages the observer to want to touch,” says Terfloth. Judy Hartz, owner of the Whooping Crones Gallery in Missoula where Terfloth’s paintings are currently exhibited, states: “I like the combination of organic nature and geometric abstract in Terfloth’s work. His paintings incorporate a multilayered style that encourages the viewer to find different facets and meaning.”

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An illustrator for many years, Terfloth was drawn to the freedom and challenge of abstract expressionism. “Every work is a leap of faith. I start with a concept but as my idea evolves, I let the painting tell me which direction to go.”

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Chris Terfloth’s work will be on display at the Zoot Enterprises Gallery of Art on the 2nd floor atrium from November 1, 2007 thru January 31, 2008. Zoot Enterprises is located at 555 Zoot Enterprises Lane Bozeman, MT 59718