CURRENT EXHIBIT

May 26 - July 1  •  2017

OBJECT • MANNER • MEANS

Opening Reception: May 26, 5-7pm

Collector's Preview: May 25, 4-7pm

Object-Manner-Means: An Exhibition of Figurative Art features the work of 10 visual artists:

(click names for short bios of each artist)

The title of the show comes from Aristotle’s philosophical writings about art and the uniquely human compulsion to create images representing scenes and subjects found in real life. The artfulness of these images is a combination of the subject (or "object") drawn from reality, the artist’s stylistic rendering or interpretation (i.e. the "manner"), and the materials or mediums used (i.e. the "means"). Aristotle also asserted that art, by stylistically imitating the world, could cause people to reflect productively on human affairs, and is a means of catharsis—a purification or purging of raw emotion with beneficial effect.

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Holly Andres has had solo exhibitions in New York, LA, San Francisco, Atlanta, Seattle, Istanbul, Turkey, and Portland, where she lives and works. Her work has been featured in The New York Times Magazine, Time, The New Yorker, Art in America, Artforum, Exit Magazine, Art News, Glamour, and other publications. In 2008 Art Ltd. profiled her as one of 15 emerging artists under the age of 35.

Andres has said, "I am interested in revisiting, recreating and preserving history, and am fascinated with the interweaving of fact and fiction, and finding a place in which autobiography and fictitious narration come together."

Andres’ museum exhibition The Homecoming features dozens of photographs created over the last decade. It first premiered at The Hallie Ford Museum in Salem, OR in 2013, and has subsequently shown at The Photo Center Northwest in Seattle and at The Missoula Art Museum.

Chris Bivins has been creating art in one form or another since he was four years old and learned to draw under the tutelage of his older brother, who drew pictures on poster board with toxic, government-issue magic markers. Since that time, he has broadened his arsenal to include clay, wood, leather, paint, pixels and just about anything interesting that comes his way.

Says Bivins, "Art, to me, is a kind of alchemy. It’s taking one thing and turning it, sometimes magically, into something else. Often I take wood and turn it into kindling, clay into pottery shards, paper into, well, recyclable paper. But sometimes, I’m able to take paper, or clay, or wood and turn it into something almost magical. Something that didn’t exist before. Maybe not gold, but something. A friend once asked if I ever saw anything lying around that I couldn’t think of an artistic use for. I told him no. It’s all just base metal waiting to become gold."

Born in Russia, Victoria Brace was exposed to art from an early age in old towns, monasteries and art museums. Brace attended Moscow College of Art, earning a BFA in painting. After college, she taught and sold her work at an art club in Moscow for several years. In 1999 Brace moved to Spokane, WA.

Says Brace, "As I paint, I find that colors carry emotions and tell stories. The brush strokes build up textures, conceal or enhance the previous layers, and things start happening under the surface, as if the painting takes on a life of its own."

For a time Brace stepped away from painting to work in the computer graphics industry, but her desire to create art never left her. "Painting is an obsession," she says. "It’s like a chronic disease…never goes away." She now dedicates herself to painting full time, and her work can be found in private collections across Russia, Western Europe and the United States.

Originally from North Carolina, Hannah Lee Cameron earned her BFA in ceramics from the University of Louisville and her MFA in ceramics from Ohio University, Athens. In 2015-16 she was a long-term resident at the Archie Bray Foundation.

Says Cameron, "I work in clay and mixed media to portray disjointed, isolated and often nonsensical narratives involving human and animal interactions. I view these bizarre narratives much like the contents of dreams, which can contain such strong, emotional narratives that the dreamer cannot dismiss them, even after waking. This is especially true when dealing with dreams spawned from anxiety and unease. Dreams can temporarily fulfill wishes, unlock the subconscious, exposing our inner desires, fears, frustrations and longing for the things we lack. Sleep is a time and space for susceptibility as well as for fantasy and imagination."

Myungjin (MJ) Kim blends the real and surreal in her drawings and paintings on porcelain forms. She creates narratives that run parallel to and address the complexity of the human experience. Working instinctively while drawing inspiration from European still-life paintings, she frequently uses human and animal figures as well as images of birdcages, bird nests, terrariums and perfume jars in her forms and imagery. The narratives she builds come from ideas between the real and imaginary worlds which are purposefully intertwined.

Kim was born in South Korea. She received her MFA in ceramic art at Seoul National University, after which she moved to the United States. Kim has taught ceramics at Santa Ana College, University of Georgia and California State University, Long Beach. In 2015-16 she was a long-term resident at the Archie Bray Foundation. Her work is featured in private and public collections in the United States and Asia.

Linda Leslie has been studying and practicing classical figure painting for forty years. Rendered with a limited color palette, her figures appear as if they’d emerged organically—with clarity and depth and refined elegance—from the earthly ground of the canvas. A streak of romance and mystery runs through her work; her subjects feel at once real and otherworldly, poised in an atmospheric realm of surreal quietude and enchantment.

Leslie has been studying classical figurative painting for over four decades. She is a Non-Resident Artist Member of the Salmagundi Club. Her educational background includes studies at the Art Students League and the National Academy in New York. She moved from the east coast to Santa Fe in 1994 where she studied with David Leffel, Sherrie McGraw, Tony Ryder, Geoffrey Laurence and Kevin Gorges. She currently resides in Missoula, Montana.

Megan Moore’s artwork pays homage to masters of figurative painting and portraiture—da Vinci, Rembrandt, Sargent, Freud—while at the same time defying expectations, serving up surprising meditations on contemporary life. "My intention," she writes, "is to declare the holiness and mystery of each individual I paint."

With masterful technique Moore imbues her paintings with deeply felt, often enigmatic emotion. Her subjects are frequently extracted from the identifiable world, relocated to an imaginative and cerebral dimension comprised of color, texture and pattern. Yet her paintings are always full of humanity.

In Montana, Megan Moore’s work has exhibited at the Hockaday Museum in Kalispell and the Missoula Art Museum; she has also shown in galleries in New York and Paris.

Throughout his life, Ben Pease has tried to learn from the cultural, societal, and traditional aspects of being an aboriginal from North America in the whirlwind of today. Says Pease, "Whether my art focuses on aspects of being an activist or is based on cultural recording, I feel the need to educate and speak volumes. I will continue my transition from a so-called ‘Rez-Kid’ to a culturally rich Contemporary Storyteller. Throughout my years growing up on and around the Crow and Northern Cheyenne Reservations in the southeastern part of Montana, I have noticed how easy it is for individuals to lose sight of who they are, where they come from and what they believe in."

Pease’s work has been exhibited in galleries and museums across Montana and beyond. He is a founding member of the Creative Indigenous Collective, a group of emerging artists who explore individual identity, collective culture and contemporary Native American life.

Chris Riccardo has a BFA from Boston University. He was the sculpture department chair and foundry director at the Armory Art Center in Florida for 16 years before moving his wife and family to Montana to work at Studio 740 in Helena. In 2015-16 Riccardo was a long-term resident at the Archie Bray Foundation. He is currently the Manager of Operations at the Holter Museum of Art in Helena.

Says Riccardo, "My process begins with a thought, a vision, a look, a trigger that draws me to the clay. Gone are the days of exhaustive preliminary sketches and maquettes, I simply visualize how I want the clay to look and begin to throw it into a solid mass. Slowly I begin to build and tear at the surface, gradually making aesthetic changes as I see fit. My glaze surfaces are scarred and busy, random but precise. Once I feel that I have nothing else to offer the clay, I begin the task of tearing down the piece, gutting the sections, reattaching and preparing for firing."

Shannon Troxler is a graduate of the Schuler School of Fine Arts and the Art Students League where she learned a deep appreciation for the craft of classical art while grinding pigments and making her own charcoal. These days she continues to explore new mediums and methods in her studio in Wilson, WY. Her paintings have been featured in the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum’s Birds in Art exhibit, the National Museum of Wildlife Art, the Governor’s Capitol Art Exhibit, and Arts for the Parks. Her work is in the permanent collection of the Wyoming State Museum.

Says Troxler, "My work explores the natural world we encounter and how we as humans relate to it through myth, poetry and literature. I am fascinated by the intersection of the visual world and the written word, and how closely they are entwined. I am continually exploring and experimenting with new mediums that challenge and excite me."

UPCOMING EXHIBITS

2017

Jul 7 - Aug 12 • 2017

Group show featuring new artwork by Julia Galloway and Stephanie J. Frostad.

Aug 18 - Sep 23 • 2017

Group show featuring new artwork by Catherine Earle, Jennifer Eli French, Trey Hill and Crystal Morey.

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, Tate Hudson 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 Emily Costello, Amanda Jaffe, Tim Nielson and Brooks Oliver.

May 11 - Jun 9 • 2018

3rd Annual Ceramics Invitational

PAST EXHIBITS

2017

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.