CURRENT EXHIBIT

Aug 18 - Sep 23  •  2017

COMPOSITIONS: Catherine Earle, Trey Hill, Jennifer Eli French & Crystal Morey

Opening Reception: Aug 18, 5-8pm

This year’s COMPOSITIONS series features 2D and 3D work by four superb artists. Catherine Earle’s acrylic paintings pay tribute to the animal kingdom with lush imagery that is simultaneously precise, spontaneous and spirited. With his conceptual ceramic sculptures, Trey Hill explores the limits and possibilities of what and how we see, with forms that are graceful and otherworldly. Jennifer Eli French’s surreal and sublime works in acrylic spring from her affection for folk tales, medieval art, Victorian portraiture and the Western landscapes of her childhood. And finally, with her exquisitely crafted, alluring porcelain figures, Crystal Morey examines our complex relationship to animals, as well as humankind’s accelerating impact on the natural world.

Artist bios: EarleHillFrenchMorey

Trey Hill

Trey Hill has a BFA from Bowling Green State University and an MFA from San Jose State University. His work has appeared in galleries and museums around the world. He has been an artist-in-residence at the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, MT; the LH Project in Joseph, OR; Da Wang Cultural Highlands in DaWang, China; HAP Studios in Beijing, China; Fule International Ceramic Art Museum in Fuping, China; and the Roja Art Lab in Roja, Latvia. Hill is an Associate Professor at The University of Montana where he teaches ceramics and sculpture.

Hill writes, "Many classical Greek and Roman sculptures are built with a support, a carved stone element typically in the shape of a tree trunk that supports the weight of the figure and allows the sculpture to stand. The support is meant to be inconspicuous, unseen—yet it is instrumental to the form. In my current work I use the tree element as a metaphor for what goes unseen but is essential to our existence. Other pieces use anatomical fragments, recognizable figures and forms, composed to raise and reflect complex inquiries into sight and attraction. My work hints at a deeper view, a silent demand, and celebrates the unseen."

Catherine Earle

Catherine Earle was born and raised on a flower farm in Nimes, France. She studied at l’École des Beaux-Arts, a school whose history spans more than 350 years, attended by many of the great artists in Europe. Her paintings have appeared in exhibitions across the US, and in 2015 Earle was featured in Western Art and Architecture’s "In the Studio" series. She currently lives in Sandpoint, ID, with her two daughters.

Inspiration for Earle’s paintings began in early childhood. For her, the natural world was and remains endlessly inspiring. Her earliest watercolors and encaustic works pulsed with ethereal color-spirals and organic lifeforms morphing into one another. The plants and animals that appear in Earle’s paintings now blossom, buzz and sing against abstract backgrounds that are themselves distinctly organic. Developed with little planning, her images emerge out of a natural process fueled by intuition, mark-making and observation. Using acrylic, Earle employes watercolor and encaustic techniques, meticulously adding and obscuring layers such that light seems to glow from within the canvas.

Jennifer Eli French

Jennifer Eli French was born in Denver, Colorado, and moved frequently while growing up. After attending high school in England, she earned a BFA in painting from the Rhode Island School of Design and settled on the East Coast. Every summer throughout her nomadic childhood, she returned to a ranch in Montana that has been in her family for four generations. After twenty years in New England, she moved back to Billings where she currently lives with her husband and twin sons.

In her work French incorporates acrylics, collage and found objects to create paintings that are at once familiar and mysterious, nostalgic and surreal. For the pieces in this show, she drew inspiration and subject matter from a far-ranging and eclectic set of sources, including summertime in Eastern Montana, Angela Carter short stories, homesteading, Lizzie Borden, insomnia, and the upcoming solar eclipse. They portray the intersection between the animal kingdom and the human realm, and our often fraught relationship with the natural world.

Crystal Morey

Crystal Morey received her BFA in Ceramic Sculpture from the California College of the Arts and her MFA in Spatial Art from San Jose State University. Her work has been featured in New Age of Ceramics, 500 Figures in Clay, Juxtapoz, Hi-Fructose, American Art Collector, Hey Magazine, Palace Costas, and Sculpture Review. Morey has been an artist-in-residence at the LH Project, Watershed, and Penland School of Craft. Currently living in Oakland, California, she maintains an active studio practice exhibiting her work in galleries and museums internationally.

"Humankind has become the driving influence and force behind natural evolution,” writes Morey. “We are able to alter single cells as well as entire ecosystems. Intentionally or unintentionally, we are rapidly affecting changes to the environment that would have taken natural processes millennia. Through these actions we are leaving many vulnerable species and habitats frantic, facing disruptions and uncertainty. In my work I investigate these actions while also creating a narrative that depicts our connections to the land and animals around us."

UPCOMING EXHIBITS

2017

Sep 29 - Nov 4 • 2017

Group show featuring new artwork by Courtney Blazon, Joe Boddy, Susan R. Carlson, Pamela Caughey, Michael deMeng, Theo Ellsworth, Lauren Gallaspy and Philip Slagter.

Nov 11 - Dec 24 • 2017

4th Annual Holiday Show.

2018

Jan 26 - Feb 24 • 2018

Group show featuring new artwork by Pamela Caughey, Beth Lo and Sean O'Connell.

Mar 2 - Mar 31 • 2018

MONTANA FOUND, open/invitational group show.

Apr 6 - May 5 • 2018

Group show featuring new artwork by Amanda Jaffe, Tim Nielson and Brooks Oliver.

May 11 - Jun 9 • 2018

3rd Annual Ceramics Invitational

PAST EXHIBITS

2017

Jul 7 - Aug 12 • 2017

Sonnets featuring new artwork by Julia Galloway and Stephanie J. Frostad.

May 26 - Jul 1 • 2017

Object • Manner • Means featuring new artwork by Holly Andres, Chris Bivins, Victoria Brace, Hannah Lee Cameron, MyungJin Kim, Linda Leslie, Megan Moore, Ben Pease, Chris Riccardo, and Shannon Troxler.

Apr 14 - May 20 • 2017

2nd Annual Ceramics Invitational featuring new artwork by Adrian Arleo, Chuck Aydlett, Alessandro Gallo, Miriam Griffin, Kenyon Hansen, Jeremy Hatch, Giselle Hicks, Heesoo Lee, Steven Young Lee, David Peters, Deborah Schwartzkopf and Eric Van Eimeren. Take the virtual tour.

Mar 3 - Apr 8 • 2017

Group show featuring new artwork by Crista Ann Ames, LeAnn Boyd, Ric Gendron and Doug turman. Take the virtual tour.

Jan 20 - Feb 25 • 2017

Group show featuring new artwork by Hadley Ferguson, David Hiltner and Bobbie McKibbin. Take the virtual tour.

2016

Nov 4 - Dec 24 • 2016

3rd Annual Holiday Show featuring artwork by 99 artists.

Sep 21 - Oct 26 • 2016

Group show featuring new artwork by Josh DeWeese, Megan Moore and James G. Todd, Jr.

Jul 30 - Sep 16 • 2016

2nd Annual Juried Exhibition ("The Changing Moment") featuring artwork by 61 artists.

Jurors: Liz Dye, Hadley Ferguson and Kristi Scott.

Jun 17 - Jul 23 • 2016

Group show featuring new artwork by Dana Boussard, Michael Haykin and Dale Livezey.

Apr 22 - Jun 11 • 2016

2nd Annual Ceramics Invitational featuring new artwork by Crista Ann Ames, Adrian Arleo, Josh DeWeese, Christopher Dufala, Julia Galloway, Mel Griffin, Beth Lo, Randi O'Brien, Alison Reintjes, Shalene Valenzuela and Tara Wilson.

Feb 27 - Apr 16 • 2016

The Last Best Place: Surrealism Here & Now featuring new artwork by Deighton Abrams, Crista Ann Ames, Bayla Arietta, Adrian Arleo, Courtney Blazon, Molly Blazon, Susan R. Carlson, Monte Dolack, Theo Ellsworth, Jennifer Eli French, Stephanie J. Frostad, Stephen Glueckert, Lillian Nelson, Wesley Saint John, James G. Todd, Jr and Cathy Weber.

Jan 20 - Feb 21 • 2016

Group show featuring new artwork by Lucy Capehart, Stephen Glueckert and Randi O'Brien.

2015

Nov 20 - Dec 24 • 2015

2nd Annual Holiday Show featuring artwork by 76 artists.

Sep 17 - Nov 14 • 2015

Radius 1: Anniversary Show featuring artwork by Courtney Blazon, LeAnn Boyd, Lucy Capehart, Susan R. Carlson, Pamela Caughey, Ric Gendron, Michael Haykin, Karen Kemp, Louise Lamontagne, Bobbie McKibbin, Megan Moore and Barb Schwarz Karst.

Aug 12 - Sep 12 • 2015

Compositions featuring artwork by Eric S. Carlson, Darcy Chenoweth, Chris Maynard and Barbara Michelman (collaborating with Charles Finn).

Jun 11 - Aug 8 • 2015

2nd Annual Juried Exhibition ("Scapes: Land • Sea • Mind") featuring artwork by 61 artists.

Jurors: Barb Schwarz Karst, Stephen Glueckert and Jennifer Leutzinger.

May 6 - Jun 6 • 2015

Life | Stories featuring new artwork by Melissa S. Cole and Ric Gendron.

April 22 - May 2 • 2015

Everyone In Me Is A Bird featuring new artwork by Courtney Blazon and Susan R. Carlson.

Mar 11 - Apr 18 • 2015

Form In Action featuring new artwork by LeAnn Boyd, Pamela Caughey, Louise Lamontagne, Rick Phillips and Barb Schwarz Karst.

Jan 14 - Mar 7 • 2015

Second Sight featuring new artwork by Bobbie McKibbin.

2014

Nov 21 - Dec 23 • 2014

1st Annual Holiday Show featuring artwork by 54 artists.

Oct 3 - Nov 16 • 2014

Wind & Bones featuring artwork by Melissa Bangs, Elizabeth Bass, Tricia Bass, Cindy Betka, Courtney Blazon, Joseph Boddy, Lucy Capehart, Susan R. Carlson, Pam Caughey, Monty Cawker, Darcy Chenoweth, Samantha Dwyer, Craig Edwards, Ric Gendron, Dean Johnson, Ivette Kjelsrud, Louise Lamontagne, David Lusk, Bobbie McKibbin, Barbara Michelman, Karen Shimoda and Cynthia Swidler.

Aug 18 - Oct 1 • 2015

Introducing Radius Gallery featuring artwork by Melissa Bangs, Courtney Blazon, Lucy Capehart, Susan R. Carlson, Ric Gendron, Karen Kemp, Louise Lamontagne, Bobbie McKibbin and Megan Moore.