CURRENT EXHIBIT

Sep 29 - Nov 4  •  2017

MIND FIELDS: Group Show

Opening Reception: Sep 29, 6-8pm

Mind Fields is a group exhibition featuring the work of eight tremendously talented artists working in a variety of mediums—ink, paint, metal, wood, ceramic, found objects and more.

What these artists have in common is work so stylistically distinctive, so thoroughly envisioned and fully realized that each individual piece seems to spring from an entire otherworld of the artist’s making. Each artwork, distinct and compelling on its own, also offers a glimpse into a broader, meticulously conceived, occasionally perplexing but always compelling imaginative realm.

Courtney Blazon

Courtney Blazon’s mixed media drawings reference fields of science, history, culture, mythology and fairy tales. Her images take us someplace between the known world and dreamscape, a surreal marriage of naturalism and fantasy. The results can be simultaneously whimsical and grotesque, witty and disturbing. The tension of these unions suggests our own struggle to achieve balance in a chaotic world.

Blazon is a graduate of the Parsons School of Design. She received the Montana Arts Council’s Artists Innovation Award in 2011. Her solo exhibition The Year Without a Summer opened at the Missoula Art Museum in 2016. Outside of Montana, her work has been exhibited in Seattle, Portland, and New York. Her art has been featured in New American Paintings (Western edition), Studio Visit Magazine, and on juxtapoz.com.

Joe Boddy

For the past 30 years Joe Boddy has worked as a freelance illustrator for over two dozen major publishing houses and design firms. His work contributes to hundreds of educational, trade and mass market publications.

In 2013 Boddy began to dedicate his time primarily to sculpture. Since then his three-dimensional work has been shown in national juried shows, including the prestigious National Sculpture Society’s Annual Exhibition. He is a four year juried artist in Loveland Colorado’s Sculpture in the Park exhibition and his animal sculpture is part of the Vickers Collection galleries in Vail and Aspen, Colorado.

For the last two years he has devoted all of his time to a series of one of a kind contemporary sculptures using fired clay, glass, wood, steel and reused objects.

Susan R. Carlson

The collage and mixed media assemblages of Susan R. Carlson are remarkable for their unique constructions, their sophisticated use of color and pattern, their sheer power to engage the viewer in the act of storytelling.

Each piece encapsulates a world (or at least a boisterous neighborhood) of its own—a place where rules and norms are still being worked out, where composed elements perch tensely at the edge of meaning. Stripped of their familiar contexts, objects and signifiers—numbers, words, phrases, textiles—have been cohesively reassembled in a manner that celebrates mystery, humor and tenderness. While themes emerge, we are never confronted by a didactic message; rather, Carlson’s pieces remind us of the certainty of change—from past to present, whole to broken, valued to discarded.

Pamela Caughey

Pamela Caughey grew up in Wisconsin, where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry from UW-Madison. After moving with her family to Hamilton, MT in 1986, she began her serious study of art, and in 2010 received her MFA in Painting and Drawing from the University of Montana.

Caughey works in many media, with special interest in cold wax/oil, encaustic, mixed media and acrylic. Her paintings have been exhibited in galleries nationally and internationally, and are in the permanent collections of several museums—Missoula Art Museum, Holter Museum of Art, Nicolaysen Museum of Art. Her work appears in the newly published book Cold Wax Medium: Techniques, Concepts, Conversations. Caughey has taught foundations courses at UM’s Bitterroot College, and now teaches workshops throughout the country and abroad.

Michael deMeng

Michael deMeng is a former resident of Missoula now living in Vancouver, Canada. He exhibits throughout the United States, teaches workshops around the country, and is the author of Secrets of Rusty Things: Transforming Found Objects into Art and Dusty Diablos: Folklore, Iconography, Assemblage, Ole! among other books.

In his art, deMeng addresses issues of transformation. Discarded materials find new and unexpected uses; they are reassembled and conjoined with unlikely components, a form of rebirth into new life and new meaning. These assemblages are metaphors for the evolutions and revolutions of existence: from life to death to rebirth, from new to old to renewed, from construction to destruction to reconstruction. These forms are examinations of the world in perpetual flux, where meaning and function are ever-changing.

Theo Ellsworth

Theo Ellsworth is a self-taught artist and storyteller. He developed his art while wandering the United States in a motor powered vehicle. He is uncommonly fond of clouds, monsters, trees, and impossible objects. He is prone to fits of whimsy, and his mind is filled with preposterous notions, yet he still manages to come across as semi-normal. He devotes much time to making comics, art zines, and imaginary phenomenon.

Ellsworth has written and illustrated several graphic novels, including Capacity, Sleeper Car (excerpted in The Best American Comics 2010) and The Understanding Monster trilogy (Book One receiving the 2013 Lynd Ward Honor Book prize). In 2010, he was a recipient of the Best Art Vinyl award for his design of the Flying Lotus album Pattern + Grid World. He lives with his wife and son in Missoula.

Lauren Gallaspy

Lauren Gallaspy has an MFA from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University. In 2013, she was recognized by the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts as an Emerging Artist, and was one of 25 artists awarded the prestigious Joan Mitchell Painters & Sculptors Grant for 2012. Her work has been featured in numerous publications, including Ceramics: Art & Perception, Ceramics Monthly, and the recently published Glaze: The Ultimate Ceramic Artist's Guide to Glaze and Color.

Gallaspy has exhibited nationally and internationally in over 60 group and solo exhibitions, including State of the Art: Discovering American Art Now at Crystal Bridges Museum in Arkansas. She was an Assistant Professor of Fine Arts from 2012 to 2015 at the University of Utah, and a long term resident at the Archie Bray Foundation in 2016-17.

Philip Slagter

Philip Slagter is a self-taught painter whose work has been exhibited nationally and internationally since the mid-1970s. A contemporary of Robert Williams, Todd Schorr, Mark Ryden and other first-generation Pop Surrealists, Slagter helped introduce the world to so-called “lowbrow” art. His paintings were recently featured in an exhibit titled The Comeback at La Luz de Jesus gallery in Los Angeles.

Slagter is a skilled technical painter who can maintain a precise level of detail while working on a large scale. His paintings are often packed with religious, political and pop cultural imagery, and references from the cultures of the places he’s lived and traveled: China, Thailand, Kenya, South America and elsewhere: an historical mash-up that reflects different eras of kitsch rendered authentically, whether the style is graffiti, anime, ’50s cartoons or hyper-realism.

UPCOMING EXHIBITS

2017

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

Aug 18 - Sep 23 • 2017

Compositions featuring new artwork by Catherine Earle, Jennifer Eli French, Trey Hill and Crystal Morel.

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.