Art at the Loft: Upcoming in the new year

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.


Art at the Loft – May

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

Art at the Loft – April

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.

Art at the Loft – January

In January we welcome the photographers known collectively as Fine Grain Group.

The Fine Grain Group: For over thirty years, a small group of photographers calling themselves The Fine Grain Group has been meeting every 4-5 weeks to share work and to have their photographs discussed and evaluated.

For almost 20 years, the group has been led by Neil Chaput de Saintonge, owner of the nationally-renowned Rocky Mountain School of Photography here in Missoula. Some of the photographers whose work is on exhibit have been members of the Fine Grain Group for many years, others for only a year or two.

None is a professional photographer. Styles vary widely. Subject matter varies widely. They have nothing in common. They have everything in common. All members of The Fine Grain Group are committed to using photography to express beauty, to reflect the human experience, and to capture the fleeting moments of light and time that are found both in nature and in the human environment.

We hope you will discover that commitment in the photographs on exhibit here at the Loft.

Since they will be hung thru February, plan to visit us on First Friday in Feb to see the works and enjoy our space.




Art at the Loft – November


Artist Statement – Linda Parker –
I am the great granddaughter of Montana homesteaders from Flathead and Hill counties. I spent countless hours learning to sew, embroider and quilt, with my grandmother, Florence Vande Sandt, whose parents homesteaded north of Gildford.

My grandmother raised her children during the depression, a time when things were saved and used till they were no longer useful.  Almost everything came in feed sacks, from the grain used to plant the fields to the flour and sugar used in the home.  The empty feed sacks were used for aprons, clothes, quilts, rags and dish towels. Scraps of fabric from handmade clothes were sewn into quilts–buying new fabric for quilts was unheard of then. These lessons learned at my grandmother’s knee have stayed with me.  In my confetti quilts I make sure every single bit of
fabric, ribbon, silk flowers, shiny yarns, angelina and thread is used, with nothing wasted

Needless to say, when I had the opportunity to rescue 20 tons of vintage (late 60’s, 70’s and early 80’s) fabric, most of which was manufactured in the USA in mills long closed, I couldn’t resist. I spent 4 summers washing, drying, folding and wondering what in the world I was going to do with all that fabric.  I have used it for bags, baskets, quilts and little
art quilt projects–with bits of my grandmother’s fabric thrown in now and again.

Sometimes a piece of fabric speaks to me of what it needs to become right away; other times the idea lingers for years, slightly out of reach. Colors, textures and smells influence my work…
like fresh coffee on a rainy morning, or the sound of the ocean, green sea turtles, the Milky Way viewed from Glacier Park or Haleakala Crater, wild land fire fighting, science, fractals, new grand babies, friends and wonderful old dogs.

I lovingly make star quilts, according to patterns both ancient and new, and art quilts, with no rules and with random bits sewn together.  My work displays an awareness of the land, of life and and of the cyclical interdependence between people and our environment.

Art at the Loft – October

Show title: Natural Deconstruction
Description: In this most recent work, Christian Ives has  been focusing on  creating an image and then allowing it to be deconstructed in a way that keeps both the original idea as well as the new.   Influenced by the fires fought in Montana and Idaho, there has always been a fascination in the balance between preserving something that already exists with something it will transform into.

Born in Montana, Christian Ives is a contemporary oil painter and live performer. He achieved his two BFA’s in Art Education and Studio Art from the Montana State University in 2007. During that time, he studied painting and drawing in Italy and Wales, where his style of art became more expressionistic and slightly more abstract. He continued studying and working on paintings with artists while living in Portland, Oregon for several years, and continued traveling around Europe and the US to study art. Currently Christian lives in Montana.

A new place is usually very unfamiliar and stimulating. At a point, concrete ideas start to form based on time and experience. The emphasis of Christian’s paintings and sketches are to capture that transition from being abstract to being identifiable. This diversity in his work is a reflection on seeing something comfortable and familiar, and how it relates to the unrecognizable and unfamiliar.

At first glance, Christian’s paintings are very abstract and unrecognizable. Yet, in each one is a figure or landscape inner merged within the composition. The emphasis is to create a transitional feeling of viewing something unfamiliar to recognizing what is being seen. Ambiguous at first, but more familiarities emerge with each search.

Christian use gesture sketches to capture just enough information to recognize the subject. His paintings focus on capturing the same amount of information as one would see in a glimpse of an unfamiliar setting.

Christian invites the viewer to search for the hidden images within each painting. Sometimes additional images are found, allowing the painting to become a different composition each time it is viewed. Whether or not everyone sees the intended object is irrelevant. Each person views something different than the next, as does everyone with the unrecognizable aspects of life.

First Friday June 5th, 2015

Crystal Kingston’s Artist Statement
After an emphasis on painting in art school at Queens College during the ’80s, I supplemented my education by completing a 300-hour desktop publishing course. From there, I was able to transition my visual art skills into what was the emerging field we now call “digital media.” After working for years in the Big Apple as a graphic designer, I left my career in the city to return to my Montana roots, in order to rekindle my relationship with the mountains and rivers of my youth.
In 1999, my artist partner and I purchased an abandoned hundred-year old stone building on the Salish Kootenai Reservation, channeling our creativity into a long-term restoration project. For a number of years, we served our local community as a meeting hall, restaurant and pub, with music on weekends and monthly rotating art exhibits. We closed our doors in 2006 in order to focus on making art.

Since then, while still using traditional painting materials and techniques, I have worked to integrate my painting skills further into the mediums of photography, digital image manipulation and animation. I became a full time art student again in 2010, with media arts as my focus. I had the honor of receiving two scholarships, and am one math class away from graduating. I currently paint full-time in the studio, and am a coach for the nationally recognized Montana Arts Council Artrepreneurship Program, which helps artists market their work.

These combined efforts continually broaden my perceptions of what being an artist means to me. Overall, they represent the challenge of synthesizing not only the different mediums I use, but also my life experience into images. that convey the essence of life in Montana; in particular the love I have for the land and the creatures we share it with. Merging line, pixels, cobalt and Photoshop, my art strives to elicit reflection upon how we are connected to each other through the natural world.
My work may be seen on my website:, or by appointment at the Wild Plum Studio in Dixon.



University of Montana, MT, Media Arts Major, 2010–2014, Dean’s List
Queens College, Flushing, NY, Fine Art Major, Textile Minor, 1984–1988, Dean’s List Paris Vlll, San Denis, France, CUNY Exchange Program, Spring 1986
Printing Trades School, New York, NY, Fall 1988

Solo Exhibitions:

Union Hall, Missoula, MT, December 2013
Union Hall, Missoula, MT, December 2010
The Loft, Missoula, MT, November 2010
Sandpiper Gallery, Polson, MT, September 2005
Butterfly Herb Store, Missoula, MT, Solo Show, June 1999

Exhibitions & Selected Publications:

Radius Gallery, Missoula, MT, November–December 2014
Hockaday Art Museum, Kalispell, Innovators’ Show, May–June 2014
Hangin’ Art Gallery, Arlee, MT, 2010–Current
Media Arts Building, University of Montana, 2011–2013
Samarah Gallery, Whitefish, MT, 2007–2009
The Art Factory, Las Vegas, NV, November & December 2007
Sandpiper Gallery, Polson, MT, October 2005
We’Moon Calendar, Month of May in”On-the-Wall” Calendar; additional piece in spiral-bound edition, 2005 Isis Studio & Fine Art Gallery, Dixon, MT, 2003–2006, Owner and Curator
Yellowstone Museum Auction, Billings, MT, November 2001, 2002 & 2003
The Knead Café, Kalispell, MT, “Three Women Painters,” May 2000
Hot Springs Artists’ Society Benefit Art Show, Missoula, MT, May 1999, Curator
Symes Hotel, Hot Springs, MT, February–December 1999
Ulster County Artists’ Association, Kingston, NY, November 1989–February 1990
Woodstock Gallery, Woodstock, NY, October 1989
St Benedictine Hospital Benefit Auction, Rhinebeck, NY, August 1989
AT&T Landscape Exhibition, New York, NY, May–July 1989
Queens College Gallery, Flushing, NY, May 1988

Memberships & Associations:

Montana Artrepreneurship Program Coach, Certification in Process
Killdeer Artisans’ Guild, Arlee, MT, 2010–Current, Board of Directors 2012–13

First Friday March 6th, 2015

The Loft of Missoula Presents:
Evelyn Fox: Spirited Compositions
Friday March 6 from 5-8PM
119 West Main Downtown Missoula

blackbird collage

Spirited Compositions

As a way to create visually, my collages are “inner child” art. I feel they are an accessible, tangible, informal art form, unrestricted and free, for people of all ages to enjoy. In my work with children, I see how every child is an artist at heart. I delight in encouraging them to express their unique creativity and to tap into it confidentially throughout their lives. Through collage I hope to share the whimsical possibilities, appreciation for the beauty of ordinary things, nature, and inspire the unabashed artist in all of us.

Evelyn Fox

First Friday January 2nd, 2015

Molly Buchanan at Loft of Missoula Friday January 2nd from 5-8PM
119 West Main Street, Missoula MT

Artist Bio: Molly Buchanan is a second year art student at the University of Montana. She works mostly in oil paints and charcoal.

Show title: “Wolves at the Door”
Show Description: The purpose of a title is to bring a little clarity or hint at the concept behind the artwork, however, I wasn’t thinking of a concept as I made each piece. Everything was made mostly for therapeutic reasons… “Wolves at the Door.”…I’ve had my share of obstacles and the art is a response to that. Creating these pieces helped reinsert the things in my life that make it worthwhile. It sometimes boils down to certain kinds of lighting, or textures, or the expression on someone’s face I find.