Campfire Stories: Celebrating Montana’s Wild Places & Our Stories About Them Featuring Mandy Mohler, Erin Hawley, & Jeri Rafter: Photography, Film, Metal, & Poetry.
Watermedia 2017: Montana Watercolor Society’s 35th Annual National Juried Exhibition
In 1983, A group of Montana Watermedia artists began meeting in Missoula and gathered to form the first and only Montana Watercolor Society. For the past 35 years, the group has selected an artist of national renown to judge an national competition and teach a workshop.
BACC has been host to this exhibition for more than 30 years. The exhibition attracts submittals from across the nation from some of the most accomplished and celebrated watermedia artists. Award winners from last year’s competiton include:
Ken Call, Denise Athanas, and Jessica Glen.
This year’s exhibition will be judged by Robbie Laird from northern California. Laird is a Signature Member of the National Watercolor Society and many more Associations and Societies.
Robbie Laird, an innovative painter, teacher, and juror., is a full time resident of Lake Almanor, California, and part time resident of Hilton Head Island, SC. Her paintings captivate the viewer with an exciting balance of flowing ambiguity and varying amounts of specific detail. Using large brushes and flowing paint, her work dances on the edge of abstraction in areas but pulls you back in others. She sometimes uses the unique qualities of flowing transparent pure watercolor to create mysterious rhythmic works, while in other pieces she incorporates a variety of other watermedia. In addition to painting, she has expressed her vision in: forged metal and wood sculpture as well as leaded glass design and residential architecture. The continuing source of inspiration for Laird’s work is a lifetime interest in cycles and natural transitions and connections.
Her paintings have received numerous awards in National and International exhibitions.
Laird is a signature member of National Watercolor Society, where in 2008 her painting was selected for the Loa Sprung Award (top award for Non Objective Painting). She is a signature member of Watercolor West, National Association of Painters of Acrylic, San Diego Watercolor Society, and is a full-juried member of the Society of Layerists in Multi-Media. She is affiliated with other art associations nationwide. She is a highly sought after instructor and was named one of 20 Great Teachers of the last twenty years, by American Artists’ Magazine. Her paintings and articles have been in many publications, including Watercolor Magazine, American Artist, and International Artist Magazine. Her work is included in Splash IV, North Light Books, and Artistic Touch 3. Creative Catalyst Productions produced her video, “The Informed Intuitive Approach”.
Laird has been in numerous solo and group exhibitions. Her paintings are popular in Hawaii where she shows with the Village Galleries on Maui. Her paintings have been collected extensively in the US and internationally.
A past president of the San Diego Watercolor Society, Laird has an extensive background with arts organizations and art education. After completing her Masters degree in Art Education, Laird became a Fine Arts curriculum consultant, giving workshops for teachers throughout California, the United States, and abroad. She is currently the Director of the Kanuga Watermedia Workshops held each spring in North Carolina. Her influence as an artist and educator continues to growYou can go to her website to read more about this remarkable artist. and has a reputation for “encouraging her students whatever their level of accomplishment, to break through to new levels of freedom and confidence.
Through studio time and individual critiques Robbie guides her students to discover the techniques and design fundamentals that contribute most to making their own paintings stronger while more spontaneous and personal, whether they are doing realistic or abstract painting.”
Robbie’s workshop will be centered on Layered Watermedia Paintings. She comments that whether you love realism or are more excited by the intrigue of abstraction, this workshop is an opportunity to learn ways to create paintings that are more expressive of your own personal voice.
Robbie is a sought after instructor who does her homework. Read more about her on her website: http://www.robbielairdartstudio.com/ .This year
Uncommon Threads: A Weaving of Art & Community
August 25 – September 22
Opening Reception: August 25, 5 – 7pm with Artist Introductions & Demonstrations at 5:45
Uncommon Threads is a celebration of the fiber arts featuring: crochet, knitting, needlepoint, weaving, embroidery, felting, quilting, and many other fiber forms. Artists include: Annie Allen, Jill Gotschalk, Susan Hanson, Susan Kuhlman, Robin Magaddino, Claudia Paillao, Debra Pollard, Betty Violette, and more to be announced. The exhibit also features BACC’s second community collaborative art work–a 3-Dimensional Montana landscape featuring a myriad of fiber artforms in the spirit of last year’s popular Wooly Garden.
BACC is seeking contributions and loans of crochet, knitting, and other fiber forms which to be incorporated into a fiber soft sculpture artwork. The individual pieces will be assembled together and affixed to a cloth backing to form a 3-Dimensional landscape. The soft sculpture will flow down a wall and onto the floor which will feature a streambed, flora, and fauna. Trees and deer will be placed alongside. For more information as to how to participate go to our website: bigforkculture.org.
The artwork is being assembled by an artist team including: Annie Allen, Jill Gottschalk, Sue Hanson, Robin Magaddino, and Betty Violette—the team responsible for last year’s first collaborative artwork: Woolly Garden. Contributors to this year’s project range from Aces students, BACC visitors, area residents, members of the Alpine Weaver’s Guild, and contributors from across the state. Don’t miss the magic that happens with our community’s creative spirit comes together to make this artwork.
Montana Collaborative Landscape Concept
Rendering by Betty Violette
Last year’s Wooly Garden, BACC’s first community collborative artwork. Assembled by Artist Team:
Jill Gotschalk, Sue Hanson, Robin Magaddino, and Betty Violette
Flying Dreams: Into the Light: New Work in Glass and Metal by Lee Proctor
July 28th – August 18th
Exhibition Opening Reception: Friday, July 28th 5-7PM,
Introductions & Artist Remarks: 5:45PM
Artist, Lee Proctor is a local treasure who lives and works in Bigfork. Proctor has been creating glass and forged metal works for more than 25 years. Proctor’s newest and most ambitious work will be on view at the Bigfork Art & Cultural Center (BACC) from July 28th – August 18th.
Flying Dreams: Into the Light explores Proctor’s fascination with flight, winged creatures, and the ideas they represent: freedom, inspiration, courage, escape, and transcendence. The exhibit celebrates birds as spirit totems for our time—winged creatures connected to the sky, helping us to reach a heightened state of awareness and peace.
The exhibition features interactive components for visitor participation. Proctor has created a special entry arch that will be installed outside BACC. The exhibit will also feature a special installation inspired by Bowerbirds—known for their unique courtship behavior. To attract a mate, males build a structure with an array of materials and brightly colored objects.
Proctor began his artistic pursuits creating works in metal: sculptures, architectural elements, and lighting installations. Proctor attended the esteemed Pilchuck Glass School to learn the art of glassmaking. Proctor’s Bigfork studio is a state-of-the-art glass blowing and casting facility, allowing for limitless possibilities in glass, metal, sculpture, and architectural works.
Proctor’s commissions range from small sculptural pieces to large-scale architectural works: railings, lighting, tables, and sculpture. Proctor is gifted at listening to and working closely with clients to realize their vision for commissions. On making art, Proctor says: “I have always treasured the mystery, the unspoken, unexplainable aspect involved in the creative process.”
Proctor is represented by Art Fusion gallery, Bigfork and Frame of Reference gallery, Whitefish.
own, works in glass and metal.
Opening night reception, Friday, Jul 28, 5-7 PM
Exhibition featuring the work of photographer Mandy Mohler, jewelery-maker/metalsmith Erin Hawley, and filmmaker Jeri Rafter. Photography, metalwork, jewelry, poetry, and more.
Exhibition on view June 23rd – July 22nd
Opening Reception Friday, June 30th, 5 – 7 PM
Inspired by the Continental Trail Divide Artist Residency with Mandy Mohler, Erin Hawley, & Jeri Rafter: Photography, Film, Metal Works, Poetry, and Campfire Stories from the Community.
The exhibition features Montana artists: photographer Mandy Mohler, jewelry maker Erin Hawley, and filmmaker Jeri Rafter and the artworks they created inspired by their wilderness residency at Mystic Lake. The trio spent a week at Mystic Lake and made art there and more art inspired by their experience after they returned.
Mystic Lake is the deepest lake in the Beartooth Mountains. It has the largest sandy beach in the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness. Montana Power Company utilizes the power of this large lake and has a dam present. Mystic Lake supports a rainbow trout fishery. Hiking the three-mile trail up to Mystic Lake provides views of West Rosebud Valley and a few other lakes.
Please join us for this fun, interactive exhibition. Camp out with us. Tell us why you leave the comforts of home and venture into the wilderness. Do you have a bear encounter story? Have you ever tried to make a campfire with sticks and no matches? Have you ever been lost in the wilderness?
Come, sit by our campfire–write your story down. Draw a picture of your favorite campsite or your favorite wild place. Share your drawings and stories on our Campfire Wall and become part of this inspiring exhibition.
During the exhibition join us for:
June 30th: 5 – 7 PM: Opening Reception. Meet the artists. Partake in campfire snacks and drinks. Beer tasting with Flathead Lake Brewing Company.
July 8th, Noon – 3:00 PM: Family Fun Day. FREE! Camping themed crafts & fun. Free event.
July 11th, 5:30 PM: Story Hour: Wild Women of the West. FREE for members. Suggested Donation Non-Members: $5. Storytelling with gifted artist Kay Pricher featuring stories about renowned photographer Montanans: Evelyn Cameron and legendary rodeo rider Fannie Sperry Steele.
July 21st, 5-7 PM: Exhibition Closing Reception & Artist Talk. Join us and meet photographer Mandy Mohler and Jewlery-Maker/Metalsmith Erin Hawley.
Mandy Mohler is a professional photographer with a studio in Kalispell. She is an accomplished artist who has found her niche creating portraits through taxonomies. Taxonomy is defined as a scheme of classification for an object, typically with scientific organisms. Mandy’s work takes this scientific ideal and applies it to photographic portraiture to offer something unique. Instead of simply portraying an image of a subject that the viewer is able to project their own assumptions and judgements onto, Mandy intercepts these assumptions by presenting physical objects. These objects allow the subject to speak for themselves, to be classified in their own way. It is truly a deeper reflection of Mandy’s subjects that offers to the viewer what is usually missing in portraits; an understanding of what is most important to them, what defines them, whether that be the subject’s work, their art, or their favorite past time.
Erin Hawley: ARTIST. METALSMITH. OWNER. ADVENTURER.
Rag and Stone is a Metalsmithing studio located in Northwest Montana, where Artist Erin Hawley creates one-of-a-kind jewelry and limited collections. She works out of a small outbuilding in Whitefish, MT dubbed “the bungalito” and is usually in the middle of a cup of hot coffee.
Erin explores the story that stone and silver seem to speak together. Her work is inspired by the beautiful and sometimes harsh climates of the North and her place among the “Big Sky”. She enjoys large stones, simple silver design, and writing about the intention behind each of her pieces.
Most of Erin’s jewelry is inspired by strong and independent women whose zest for life is contagious. Strength and bravery is a common theme and thread of her work. Her hope for you is that something made by her makes you hold your head a little higher, that it reminds you to be fierce and passionate. She hopes you find a piece that reminds you daily that you truly are a gorgeous human being.
Jeri Rafter is a producer who has worked on feature films and television projects including Winter in the Blood, The Skeleton Twins, and So It Goes. Her latest feature film project Bella Vista premiered at the Rotterdam International Film Festival in 2014. In 2015 Jeri was invited to participate in Sundance’s Women in Film Female Filmmaker’s Initiative.
Her television project include works for Fox News Network, HGTV, the History Channel, and the Travel Channel.
Jeri is a fifth generation Montanan. She holds a MFA in Media Arts from the University of Montana. She is currently a producer in Missoula and working on a documentary about Native American adoptees with Brooke Swaney due for release in 2017.
If you would like more information about the exhibition, please contact BACC Director Valerie Vadala Homer at 602.769.0648 or email at email@example.com
Exhibiting Artists choose another artist’s work to show alongside their own.
Opening Reception, Friday May 26- 5-7PM
Join us for our annual member artist invitational exhibition featuring some of the Valley’s finest artists. Artwork will be accompanied by poems inspired by the work itself.
Opening evening reception, Mar 31. 5-7 PM which will also include live readings of poetry.
An exhibition featuring new trends in photography. Apr 28 – May 19.
The exhibition features 19 photographers utilizing printing techniques from traditional to cutting edge.
Many of Montana’s finest photographers exhibiting in Bigfork for the first time. Do not miss this show.
Opening evening reception, Friday, April 28, 5 – 7 PM.
PhotoFinishUS- PHOTOGRAPHERS PRINTING FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS