First Friday December 5th, 2014

The Loft of Missoula Presents: Photographer Karmen Borchers December 5th 5-8PM at 119 West Main Downtown
Show Description:
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.

Artist Bio:
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.

First Friday November 7th, 2014

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.

Make Yourself at Home

First Friday September 5th, 2014

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.

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First Friday June 6th 2014

Last Best Solstice {Art on the River} First Friday Sneak Preview

The Loft of Missoula: Last Best Solstice

Last Best Solstice {Art on the River}
Sneak Preview & Group Exhibition

Join us at the Loft of Missoula as we welcome five talented local artists in a group exhibition and sneak preview of these featured artists of The Last Best Solstice {Art on the River} festival happening on June 21 in Caras Park. Shandielle Harshbarger, Elaine Fraticelli, Ivette Kjelsrud, Glory Lawson, & Justin Stahl will be showing a diverse array of mediums and approaches to visual art throughout June and July at the Loft of Missoula as well as creating new works in Caras Park during the Last Best Solstice {Art on the River}.

Shandielle Harshbarger

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“My name is Shandielle, and I live and breathe to create. I have no formal training or education in art, and I believe this helps me to see things outside of the box without strict guidelines or rules for what can and cannot be constructed with a paint brush.

Bright, contrasting colors are my favorite thing in the entire world. I am drawn to the woman’s form and other feminine things. My paintings consist of electric colors, pretty swirls, dainty flowers and symmetrical breasts to remind myself that there are beautiful gems hidden amidst the chaos that comes with being alive in this world.”

Elaine Fraticelli

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“The natural world around us is often taken for granted or forgotten about in the busyness of everyday life. With this in mind, I have explored the natural world by using it to portray things or events in our lives that are unseen or intangible. I have been influenced by artists such as Franz Marc, for his use of color, Jasper Johns, for his use of cultural symbolism, and Anish Kapoor as well as many others. I have also personally worked with David Dragonfly and Valentina LaPier using personal symbolism to create an expressive painting and relief prints.

I begin each project with a concept or an emotion that pertains to life and explore different symbols, styles and designs from nature to create movement and emphasis in each piece. After researching facts and references, I then put together a self-expressive piece that portrays and provokes meaning and understanding in the viewer. My materials include anything and everything from household common objects like string, cardboard and caulking, to traditional, technical materials and my technique often includes taking objects or ideas from life and giving them a new meaning through my art.”

Ivette Kjelsrud

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“I am a self-taught artist, traveler and dreamer, who found a home in Montana and a purpose in creating art. My paintings are a meeting point between realism and abstraction; they are real and at the same time surreal, perhaps a reflection of me: a grounded dreamer; feet planted firmly on the ground while head is always in the clouds…… I’m a dreamer and that is the essence of my art.

My studio overlooks Lolo National Forest and my art is profoundly inspired by Montana’s nature, a place which reignited my creativity and passion for art. I paint in acrylic, oil, mixed media, ink and watercolors, using brushes, palette knives, sponges, toothbrushes, salt and almost anything that comes to hand. Sometimes I let the colors flow with gravity, blowing through a straw or with a hair dryer. I paint on canvas, wood, tiles, tables, rocks and repurposed items to list a few, creating original paintings, jewelry, photo-encaustics and more, as I feel the world is my coloring book. This variety also reflects my taste for diversity and distaste of routine. Many of my creations are named after songs, music being another passion of mine.

My themes are usually natural, many of which I see from my studio’s window. I also love to use texture and to literally “play with color”, which is one of my favorite things about being an artist. Since my canvas is a mirror of my mood and inner world, I prefer to paint when I am happy.

Although it was a passion for photography that started me painting again, l am now steering away from copying what I see and moving towards abstract-realism, as I find it more interesting to create something new rather than replicate that which already exists. Besides, painting away from what’s real is so much fun!! My art is always changing and evolving. I love to experiment, discover new techniques and to challenge myself. The colors, textures, cultures and nature that I am exposed to continue to inspire me.
I love sharing my art with the world, however I paint mostly for me, usually in the company of “My little assistant”, Blondie, who follows me around (and sheds hair) while I create. I hope my art gives viewers a glimpse into my world and to the world as seen through my eyes.”

Glory Lawson

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“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 colors, 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 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.”

Justin Stahl

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“My Art work has been directed toward nature even at a young age. My name is Justin Stahl. I am a local Missoula artist that works with watercolors and oil pastels. In my art I try to portray nature’s beauty while imposing the human footprint.”

First Friday: 5 to 8 pm
Show Dates: June & July, 2014


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First Friday March 7th 2014

Loft of Missoula is excited to present the interactive show: Through Your Eyes
featuring the works of Meyora
Friday March 7
5PM – 8PM
119 West Main
Upstairs

BIOGRAPHY::
We can create and manifest anything we want, good and bad. This lesson has been instilled in me since I was small. We create our own reality and these pieces are apart of mine. I started painting my sophomore year of high school in Red Lodge, MT and discovered a passion within myself that has burned bright ever since. My work is abstract and influenced by my love of nature and wonder. My focus is on intuition. Intuition guides me through the colors and tools that I choose for each piece.

I want to give back what I have received and help others to reveal the creator within themselves. To help people to disregard their expectation and to help them open themselves to the infinite possibility within the arts. Anything is possible!

Growing up I had three last names and none of them ever resonated with me. Life is about creating yourself, so I took letters from each name and created my own. Meyora is my creation. The paintings may have been created by my hands and mind but they are meant for you. They are meant to spark a thought and create a smile. We can be and create anything we want. You create the titles. The meaning is within the feeling. Allow yourself to feel. You are the creator. The rest is left up to you::

THE SHOW::

The show is called, “Through Your Eyes” because for me it’s all about the observer and what they see. It’s not about me. I do not title my pieces because I like the infinite perception that it allows. People naturally see things differently and that should be embraced. When given that freedom, it allows for pure and raw thought. It creates a different connection to each piece. “It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.”-Henry David Thoreau

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First Friday February 7th 2014

The Loft of Missoula has a very special showing coming up in February.

Fantasy: Through the Eyes of a Child
Loft of Missoula
119 Main Street – Upstairs
5PM – 8PM
Sophia Mathis is a 12 year old Montana native. She currently attends Hellgate Middle School. She has been creating art since she was 8 years old and began submitting work to fair and competitions. She has earned Best of Show in her division and her efforts also received the Helen Getz Award which is given to one artist under 18 who has an extraordinary entry.
Sophia’s paintings consist of watercolor, acrylic oil and chalk pieces. Sophia’s favorite medium is oils and she looks forward to progressing her talents by taking professional art classes.

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First Friday November 1st 2013

Born in Missoula, Montana in 1982, 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 Missoula, where he works on larger oil paintings and paints live with local band Monks on Fire.

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First Friday October 4th 2013

Living Art of Montana uses the arts and nature to support healing.
Imagination, creativity and expression are important tools for our
well-being. Throughout history the naked body has been covered and uncovered
according to cultural, practical, aesthetic, social, spiritual, religious
and scientific views of the times. This show celebrates imagination and a
renewed view of “nude.”

Participating artists:

Courtney Blazon
Monte Dolack
Mo Gary
Bev Glueckert
Steve Glueckert
Odette Grassi
Kristi Hager
Shari Montana
Lee Nye(photos from the collection of Toby Tobias Hunter)
Tom Quinn
Thomas Schworer
Kathleen Sheard
Karl Stein
Michelle Weaver-Knowles
Loryn Zerr

The Dance print by Odette Grassi

First Friday September 6th 2013

Artist’s Short Bio:
I never actually made a decision to become an artist, I was born this way. I don’t remember a time in my life when creativity wasn’t part of my day. I’ve always loved painting, but it has been put aside several times throughout my life for more pressing needs, like being a mom, supporting my family, and starting and running several businesses. While painting may not have been front and center, the creative process has always been there. I am a creator of many things, and art is just one of those things.

My husband Roger and I left the routine working world and moved to a one room, off-the-grid cabin in Michigan’s upper peninsula in 2000. While there, I jumped back into art – teaching, selling art through local galleries, and judging several local and national shows. I’ve shown my art in many juried shows, won several awards, and sold many paintings to clients throughout the US.

In 2007, we made an impromptu decision to move to Missoula to be with our daughter, son-in-law, and soon to arrive grandchildren. We bought another off-the-grid log cabin out in the Nine Mile valley. Immediately upon landing here, I began working on a business. By that fall, I had created The ART of Good Food, llc, a business using my art on regionally grown, locally produced, organic food products. The business was very successful as it incorporated visual art and good food, both important in the Missoula community. I sold this business at the end of 2011, when I retired to devote more time to grandchildren and painting.

I consider myself a practical painter. I believe that original art should be part of everyone’s living space. I paint subjects that appeal to home, family, and western Montana. Much of my work is in oil, but I also work in pastel and watercolor. I’m always open to new ideas and to experimenting with something new. I’m certain I will not stop learning and creating in this life.

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