LAVONNE BURGARD IMAGINES

Please join us this Thursday, October 3rd, 6-9PM for our final Whitefish Gallery Nights of the 2019 season!! Lavonne Burgard Imagines features a variety of colorful & serene acrylic paintings by Kalispell artist, Lavonne Burgard. Fine art, refreshments & live music with Atomic Frequencies. For more information, call 406-863-ARTS or log onto http://www.whitefishgallerynights.org

Lavonne Burgard retired from 31 years of teaching art. She graduated from Drake University with a double major in fine arts and arts education. Lavonne’s career spanned Iowa, Arizona, South Dakota, Australia, and School District 5 of Kalispell, Montana. Currently she paints in her studio using acrylics on large canvasses.

“Although I have left my career of teaching art behind, I have gained a new perspective that I hope is reflected in my work. Retirement has opened my eyes to the expansiveness of life, and the limitless possibilities it holds. No longer bogged down by the details associated with my former responsibilities, my outlook is larger. My sense of freedom is expanded. A bright future is here for the taking. It is my aim to capture that attitude with my use of bold color. Printmaking was an emphasis of my studies at my alma mater, Drake University. Lately, I have focused on developing entire paintings with a brayer. (A brayer is a hand roller used in printmaking techniques to spread ink in the process of offsetting an image from a plate to paper.) My goal is to give the viewer a feeling of fresh air. It is my hope that the color layering of the brayer works reflect the enthusiasm I have for making art.” -Lavonne Burgard

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Nature’s Paintbrush featuring Linda Hendrickson

Join us on Thursday, September 5th, 6-9PM for Nature’s Paintbrush featuring Linda Hendrickson. Wildflowers & wildlife in mixed media…..Glacier Park is the inspiration. Fine art, refreshments & live music with Lee Zimmerman. For more information call 406-863-ARTS or log onto http://www.whitefishgallerynights.org.

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Sensing the Wild with Heidi Marie Faessel

Please join us this Thursday, 6-9PM, for our Whitefish Gallery Nights exhibit, Sensing the Wild, with local abstract artist, Heidi Marie Faessel. Enjoy fine art, refreshments & live music with Tim Matdies & Kenny Saederdahl. For more information call 406-863-ARTS or log onto http://www.whitefishgallerynights.org

“My work is born from a deep reverence of Nature. I paint organic abstractions as a way of paying homage to the mystery, magic, and intelligence of our natural world.

As in Nature, I create work that reflects organized randomness. By synthesizing organic shapes, energetic brushwork, expressive line, and movement, I hope to engage the viewer with a sense of energy.

My process is intuitive. It unites experimentation, imperfection, and happy accidents with deliberate and considered editing.

Through the art that I make, I hope to lift people up. I would like my work to provide a moment of inspiration and an opportunity to reflect on the critical roll nature plays in our individual lives, as well as our relationship to it as a species.

Despite technological advancements, it is nature that provides the resources for us to keep on living upon this earth. Whether we recognize it or not, we are directly connected to this powerful intelligence.

I hope to offer a moment of opportunity to consider the mysterious orchestration of this planet and our relationship with it.” -Heidi Marie Faessel

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Happy Birthday to Peter-Group Exhibit of Past & Current Artists!!

A sneak peak of his gift in progress……PS-don’t tell him!! Artist-Courtney Blazon

Join us tomorrow, Thursday, July 11th, 6-9PM for a celebration of Peter Edland’s (the walking man) birthday!! We will be exhibiting a group show of past & current artists, there will be a live music jam with friends & family (bring an instrument if you’d like!) and a collaborative painting project on the north side of the shop!! Snacks & refreshments & general merriment! For more information call 406-863-2787 or log onto http://www.whitefishgallerynights.org. We hope to see you there!! Cheers!!

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SPROUTING SCULPTURE

Please join us Thursday, June 6th, 6-9PM for our upcoming Whitefish Gallery Nights event. New outdoor sculpture will be arriving from Coeur d’Alene, ID artist, Teresa McHugh and one of our mainstay sculptors, Danny Kraus. Inside will be new encaustics by Darla Myers & a few new pieces from Thomas Lipko, along with Olivia Stark, Trudy Skari, Susan Mattson & others…..Live music with Brett Holmquist, refreshments & fine art!! Bring your own cup (BYOC)….we will have stainless steel cups for purchase or use & leave for next time! For more information call 406-863-ARTS or log onto http://www.whitefishgallerynights.org Cheers & Happy Summer!!

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SPRING AT THE WALKING MAN

Please join us this Thursday, May 2nd, from 6-9PM, for our first Whitefish Gallery Nights exhibit of the 2019 season! Wow….15 years already! We will be featuring Polson artist, Thomas Lipko, as well as new work from Olivia Stark, Trudy Skari & Susan Mattson. Live music with Lee Zimmerman & refreshments served. For more information, please call 406-863-2787 or log onto http://www.whitefishgallerynights.org. Looking forward to another great summer!! Happy Spring!!

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The Birds And The Bees

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Please join us Thursday, October 4th, 6-9PM for our last Whitefish Gallery Nights of the season!  The Birds And The Bees will feature the flora & fauna photography of Dee Linnell Blank, the life drawings of Masako Dunn & oils by new artist, Luke Oursland.  Fine art, refreshments & most likely a little live music.  For more information call 406-863-ARTS or go to http://www.whitefishgallerynights.org!  Cheers

Dee Linnell Blank, nature photographer, shares her exuberance about the wild lands and native plants of Big Sky country and loves nothing better than hiking Montana’s trails with a camera and tripod.  She carves with a camera.  Instead of letting it include everything in front of it, she seeks out a time and point of view that lets her cut away distractions and clutter, until the spirit and personality of the subject shines.  This may involve lying on the ground moving inches right or left, hiking a mountain ridge traveling miles, setting the alarm for dawn light, or waiting until next season – often all of the above!  Though Dee has worked as a computer programmer and a ski guide, photography is what allows her to combine her life-long interests in art, nature, and science.  A degree in geology helps her delve into many naturalist subjects.  But she chose to concentrate on botany when she found people are more interested in flower images than photos of rocks.  You can see her work in The Walking Man Frame Shop and Gallery, the Hockaday Museum of the Arts, and Montana Outdoors Magazine.  Her photos have been published on Montana Magazine covers and calendars and in Montana’s Pioneer Botanists.  Dee is the author and photographer of the book Montana Wildflowers published by Farcountry Press.

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Born and raised in Japan, Masako remembers as far back as four or five years old, dreaming about doing art.  Creativity has been a part of her life ever since.  Surrounded by a family of very artistic people, including her mother, Masako was lovingly nurtured along the way.  Trying everything from graphic design to illustrating children’s books, Masako finally found her niche in pastels…her favorite medium.  Many exhibits later and much recognition in Japan and Hawaii, Masako’s work has been exposed to the world and has driven her success.  Like other Flathead Valley artists, Masako has focused on Montana and its beauty.  Having discovered this part of the world and moving here in the late 1980s, Masako is mesmerized by the changing seasons, the mountains, wildlife and the endless opportunities for capturing the beauty this part of the country has to offer.  This particular series comes from a collection of hundreds of life drawing practices at the FVCC art department’s weekly sessions.

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“Painting a still life can be a bit of a Walden Pond experience. Most of the time you’re taking something small and insignificant and spending hours closely studying it, observing it from all angles, and absorbing each minute detail. The exciting part comes when your realize that what you’ve been looking at isn’t as ordinary or insignificant as it would appear at first glance. Ordinary things often have a life and beauty of their own and this is what I hope to show in my work.”    -Luke Oursland

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