In October we welcome Paul A. Rolfes to the Loft of Missoula
Paul A. Rolfes is an American born, native Bozeman, resident, a humble peasant. Although he began drawing at a younger age, he only pursued painting oils seriously and to flourish as an expressionist and in indulgence upon moving suddenly to the Twin Cities, a long shot for a kid, but about immersion into foreign territory. Flung himself into a street, and the business of art, just as he would when leaving the United States of America for our flagged neighbor, an ancient history of Warriors, Paul even saw them, those Terra Cotta Soldiers. Pretty nice. Hopefully, Paul, would paint his way into emergence or either spark up and soak in urban/art venues, like gathering tools out of a box looking for a pen but cutting on a razor’s edge. Tools of the trade. After a powerful & prolific pitch in the career of arts, turning to the cities seemed to lead true.
When exhibitions, sales and curating for numerous shows and exhibitions seemed to happen without a good notice, both his talents of creation and exhibition flourished. He would meet many inspiring artists. groups, traders, and Galleries turned artists themselves. Not to forget the musicians along his ride. we would soon meet.
In the summer 2014 he moved back to Bozeman, his hometown. He currently resides in Helena, where he has further expanded his repertoire with ink drawings.
While he continues to experiment and produce visual images and artistic pieces he furthers his interests in music production in current states, as-along-side-two-dimensional forecasts.
In August we welcome Joe Weydt, Gail Trenfield, Mary Kelley, all from the Killdeer Artisans Guild. The following are samples of work from each artist:
Looking West on Olson Road
We want to take a minute to feature Cheri McAdam. She will be an upcoming artist in the new year. Here is a bio from the artist:
Cheri McAdam is a self-taught artist who primarily works with Acrylics. She grew up in small town Clinton, Montana and moved to Missoula 10 years ago where she attended the University of Montana. Her process as an Artist began as a child spending endless hours daydreaming and sketching. Cheri is passionately committed sharing her deepest emotions through canvas, paint, and creativity. She looks forward to growing as an artist and an individual.
In May we welcome Artists Along the Bitterroot.
Artists Along the Bitterroot is a group of thirty professional artists who live between Lolo and Sula. The ABB is sponsoring it’s 9th Studio Tour on June 2, 3, & 4 and on June 9, 10 & 11. We will have our first Fall Tour November 3, 4 & 5. In addition to the Tours Artists Along the Bitterroot also provide educational opportunities in their various fields of the visual arts.
Day & Night
In April we welcome Akhilesh Boehmler. Here is a note from the artist describing the work.
Explorations in Knotwork
I have been creating knotwork since 2008. Research upon traditional Celtic designs has inspired me to integrate base knots with contemporary and ancient sigils. As time progresses my craft matures allowing me to challenge myself and evolve my process. I am interested in how contrast interacts with the eye and I enjoy showing the purity of ink design. Therefore all of my knotwork are displayed in black and white. Each design is heavily drafted in pencil and refined till I am satisfied with the layout. I then utilize Copic Multiliner Drafting Pens to complete the works. Tools such as rulers, compass, and protractors are used in the pencil process. All inking is done entirely freehand.