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.
Beginning Friday Dec 2, 2016 the Loft of Missoula welcomes painter Alissa Durling and photographer Flori Engbrecht.
Join us at the opening during First Friday – Dec 2 from 5:00pm – 8:00pm.
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.
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: www.wildplumstudio.com/blog, 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
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
The Loft of Missoula Presents:
Evelyn Fox: Spirited Compositions
Friday March 6 from 5-8PM
119 West Main Downtown Missoula
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.
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.
The Loft of Missoula Presents: Photographer Karmen Borchers December 5th 5-8PM at 119 West Main Downtown
This show explores cyanotypes and gum bichromate prints. While taking the time to work with some traditional methods of photography, I have learned that things don’t always go as planned. Some prints can take minutes while others days. These processes involve creating light sensitive emulsions that are used to coat paper. A high risk for error can make the experience taxing, but the highs far outweigh the lows. Experiencing the process is the ultimate reward.
Karmen Borchers lives in Missoula Montana. Born and raised in the vast and scenic Flathead Valley, Karmen is always looking to capture and share the beauty we have to offer. Currently in her third year in the University of Montana’s Fine Arts program, Karmen is exploring alternative photo processes.
Glory Lawson: “Lush” at The Loft of Missoula Friday November 7th 5-8PM
Next to people, my first love is paint. As a mostly abstract expressionist, I become deeply involved in the sense of play between the paint, myself and the surfaces I use. I seek to create problems for myself to solve in the beginning of every piece, often beginning a piece with unlikely, even garish color combinations, upon which I build layers of acrylic, oil paint, plaster, graphite, coffee, inks, pigment powders, oil sticks, fabrics, and whatever makes sense for the piece. My process is highly reliant upon spending still moments during which I study and “listen” to the nuances emerging within the painting to see what it may be “asking” for.
Dealing all along with the issues of emotional and physical abuse in human society and my belief in the constant existence of hope that can be found beyond these issues, I aim to create pieces that are breathtaking in their mysterious beauty and can bring the viewer a sense of joy and deep emotional richness.”
Bio: Glory Lawson is a non-traditional student currently pursuing a B.F.A. at the University of Montana in Missoula, Montana. Born in Salem, Oregon in 1974, she is a mother and painter and has recently illustrated her first children’s book, Talkin’ Bout Dinosaurs, in collaboration with local Missoula kids’ rock band, The Whizpops. Originally transplanted with her family to Missoula in 1989, Glory loves the outdoors and the closeness to nature that living in Missoula brings to her back door. As a (mostly) abstract expressionist painter, Glory is deeply inspired by the inner scenery of human emotions and how people interact, affect, and often inflict their perceived worlds upon each other. These ideas appear in her paintings as touches of the recognizable “human-made” world through artifacts like chairs, frayed string, and tables, and are often surrounded by colors found nowhere in nature. Her work has been exhibited in various group and juried shows in Missoula, such as the Gallery of Visual Art’s 19th Annual Juried Student Exhibition, the University Center Gallery’s The Blue Show Juried Exhibition, Missoula Cultural Council’s Last Best Solstice Group Exhibition at The Loft and its live painting event at Caras Park, among others. Glory is looking forward to her first solo show in November 2014 at the request of the Loft of Missoula, and is working on illustrating several other collaborative children’s books for future publication. Glory’s future aspirations include finding ways to bring art therapy at no cost to those harmed by abuse, trauma, and neglect.
Adam Birely Bio
Me, Adam, and my wife, Leigh, live in Missoula, MT. We have had the great fortune of being able to work and play in some of the most amazing places in America, including Glacier, Zion, and Yellowstone National Parks, as well as the mountains of southwest Colorado. I hope everyone enjoys our photos from all of our adventures.
Show- Just Your Average Weekend Photography
My show is called Just Your Average Weekend Photography. Having worked for the National Park Service for the past 8 summers, I have been able to explore some of the most beautiful parts of America, in what I like to call “my average weekend”. Living in the park makes it easier to explore and capture photos of areas less traveled, as well as capture more of the iconic images when the conditions are just perfect.