State of the Art: Mon­tana

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Known as Big Sky Coun­try, the di­verse land­scapes of Mon­tana have been at­tract­ing artists and art lovers for cen­turies.

Af­ter ar­riv­ing in Mon­tana at 16, Charles M. Rus­sell even­tu­ally set­tled in the town of Great Falls, which is now a haven for Western art. The C.M. Rus­sell Mu­seum houses the artist’s paint­ings and sculp­tures of wildlife, Amer­i­can In­di­ans and cow­boys, along with work by other no­table Western artists. In March, the mu­seum draws thou­sands of vis­i­tors when it hosts The Rus­sell: An Ex­hi­bi­tion and Sale to Ben­e­fit the C.M. Rus­sell Mu­seum. Dur­ing the same week, Great Falls also plays host to the March in Mon­tana auc­tion, as well as the Out West Art Show. This clus­ter of events is now known as Western Art Week, and the 2019 dates are set for March 20 through 24.

The soar­ing peaks of Glacier Na­tional

Park are a boon of in­spi­ra­tion for artists. The Hock­a­day Mu­seum of Art’s an­nual show A Time­less Le­gacy is de­voted to that. This year, the ex­hi­bi­tion will cross in­ter­na­tional bor­ders with its Peace Park theme. Artists will visit both Glacier and the Water­ton Lakes Na­tional Park in Al­berta, Canada, to in­form their paint­ings for

the show, which has its main event Au­gust 11 and con­tin­ues as an ex­hi­bi­tion through De­cem­ber.

Fairs and fes­ti­vals take place in the towns scat­tered across Mon­tana. The Big Sky Coun­try State Fair takes place this year July 19 through 24 at the Gal­latin County Fair Grounds. In Boze­man, the an­nual Sweet Pea Fes­ti­val takes place Au­gust 3 through 5. Boze­man is also home to dozens of galleries, in­clud­ing Old Main Gallery & Fram­ing. In the sum­mer months, the town hosts art walks on the se­cond Fri­day of ev­ery month, where galleries open their doors and fea­ture artist open­ings and re­fresh­ments. A sin­gle win­ter art walk takes place the se­cond Fri­day of De­cem­ber.

The cap­i­tal city of He­lena, where Moun­tain Sage Gallery is lo­cated, hosts two an­nual art walks in the spring and fall. Bring­ing artists, galleries and the com­mu­nity to­gether for free food and bev­er­ages, live mu­sic and door prizes, the re­main­ing 2018 event takes place Novem­ber 2 from 5 to 9 p.m.

Also in He­lena is the Mon­tana His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety. Cre­ated in 1913, the so­ci­ety pro­motes an un­der­stand­ing of Mon­tana’s cul­tural her­itage by pre­serv­ing and pro­vid­ing ac­cess to his­tor­i­cal re­sources, pro­duc­ing ed­u­ca­tional ex­hibits and pub­lic pro­grams, and pro­tect­ing and pre­serv­ing his­tor­i­cal sites and cul­tural re­sources.

In this des­ti­na­tion guide, read­ers will find in­for­ma­tion of the galleries, mu­se­ums and artists that make Mon­tana home, in­clud­ing Mon­tana Trails Gallery, Tom Saubert,

Troy Collins, Alan Snell and Karen Boy­lan.

Troy Collins Fine Art P.O. Box 1023, Hamil­ton, MT 59840 (406) 830-0657, [email protected]­collins­fin­ www.troy­collins­fin­

Re­sid­ing in Hamil­ton, Mon­tana, Troy Collins cre­ates can­vases with en­ergy and in­sight from his stu­dio nes­tled in the mid­dle of the Bit­ter­root Moun­tain Range. As a na­tion­ally renowned land­scape im­pres­sion­ist, Collins’ paint­ings have graced the halls of the Cal­i­for­nia State Capi­tol, the Pen­tagon, the

U.S. Capi­tol, as well as many other lo­ca­tions through­out the United States. His work has been fea­tured in more than 40 mag­a­zines, in­clud­ing Western Art Col­lec­tor. He has also been cho­sen as one of the top 25 quick fin­ish artists in the West and has been in­vited to par­tic­i­pate at the C.M. Rus­sell Mu­seum’s Art in Ac­tion event for the last five years.

Collins’ style of paint­ing, which fo­cuses on both vi­brant color and the ef­fect that light and shadow have on his sub­ject, al­lows his au­di­ence to con­nect with each paint­ing’s color, tex­ture and de­sign el­e­ments in an in­ti­mate way. The re­sult is an ex­pe­ri­ence, which is com­pletely unique and un­for­get­table. His fo­cus, his­tor­i­cally, has been on paint­ing aspen land­scapes, but he is find­ing a new affin­ity for cre­at­ing more con­tem­po­rary de­signs and fig­u­ra­tive work. He has tried to be­come “more de­lib­er­ate in his at­tempt to cap­ture sim­ple, el­e­gant de­signs and a sense of ro­mance.”

Collins’ ad­ven­tur­ous spirit has af­forded him the lux­ury to paint in a myr­iad places span­ning through­out the West. His faith, fam­ily and the el­e­men­tal beau­ties found in na­ture re­main the top pri­or­i­ties in all of his orig­i­nal art. He says, ”My goal as an artist is to move the viewer to ex­pe­ri­ence a flood of pow­er­ful emo­tions, to feel the en­ergy that flows through me as I put brush to can­vas: to con­vey my love of art and to pas­sion­ately cap­ti­vate and to in­spire each per­son that views my paint­ings.” Up­com­ing shows in­clude an ex­hi­bi­tion at Moun­tain Trails Gallery dur­ing Jack­son Hole Fall Arts Week and a Mock­ing­bird Gallery show in Bend, Ore­gon, on De­cem­ber 7.

Mon­tana Trails Gallery 7 W. Main Street, #102, Boze­man, MT 59715 , (406) 586-2166 www.mon­tana­

Mon­tana Trails is back in down­town Boze­man next to the Ellen Theatre. Es­tab­lished 25 years ago in 1993 by Steve Za­bel, the gallery is a known des­ti­na­tion for in­cred­i­ble shows of paint­ing and sculp­ture from Mon­tana artists as well as Western, wildlife and sport­ing art.

“We have an ex­cit­ing lineup for the sum­mer art walks this year and in­vite ev­ery­one to come by and see our new lo­ca­tion,” Za­bel says, adding, “Our show­ing of new works by David Frederick Ri­ley

has been a suc­cess to start the sum­mer. On sched­ule to show are fa­vorites such as Michael and Ni­cholas Cole­man, John De­mott, Greg Kelsey, Beth Loftin, Michael Bless­ing, Greg Scheibel and Michael Haykin.

Our cur­rent in­ven­tory of over 30-plus Tim Shin­abarger sculp­tures, new paint­ings by

Dan Metz, Julie Bell and Gary Lynn Roberts

will also be sure to sat­isfy our sum­mer clien­tele.”

Mon­tana Trails Gallery is also known for its his­tor­i­cal and pe­riod col­lec­tions, where we have works by Thomas Mo­ran, Charles M. Rus­sell, Joseph Henry Sharp, W.R. Leigh, E. I. Couse, Char­lie Dye, John Fery, Karl Bod­mer, Ed­ward Cur­tis, Leon Gas­pard, Olaf C. Seltzer, Frank Ten­ney John­son and Larry Za­bel. You can find rare works from pri­vate col­lec­tions in­clud­ing artist’s Clyde Aspe­vig, Bill Anton, Jim Nor­ton, Dan Mieduch, R. Tom Gilleon, Andy Thomas, Martin Grelle, Wil­liam Ach­eff, Oleg Stavrowsky and Luke Fra­zier.

Mon­tana Trails is a full ser­vice fine art gallery, spe­cial­iz­ing in find­ing, buy­ing, and plac­ing qual­ity Amer­i­can paint­ings. They can pro­vide fram­ing and con­ser­va­tion ad­vice as well as work ap­praisals and man­age pri­vate col­lec­tions. They rep­re­sent buy­ers at most of the art auc­tions in the West.

Up­com­ing events in­clude a show for Haykin on Au­gust 10 from 6 to 8 p.m. A three-artist show for Bless­ing, Kelsey and Loftin takes place on Septem­ber 14 from

6 to 8 p.m., and a solo show for Scheibel takes place De­cem­ber 14 from 6 to 8 p.m.

A view of White­fish, Mon­tana. Cour­tesy Brian Schott.

Glacier Na­tional Park. Cour­tesy Brian Schott.

Kal­ispell at dusk. Cour­tesy Visit Mon­tana.

Troy Collins in his “of­fice.”

Troy Collins, Heaven Sent, oil on can­vas, 18 x 12”

Troy Collins, Dream­land, oil on can­vas, 24 x 48”

Top: Mon­tana Trails Gallery, Bu­gle, oil, 48 x 60", by David Frederick Ri­ley.Mid­dle: Mon­tana Trails Gallery, The Boys of Au­tumn, oil, 30 x 46", by Dan Metz.Right: Mon­tana Trails Gallery, Shad­ows, oil, 18 x 24", by Julie Bell.

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