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!!

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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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Our Zesty Domain w/Holden Roberts

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Please join us Thursday, September 6th, 6-9PM for “Our Zesty Domain”, featuring multimedia works by Whitefish emerging artist, Holden Roberts.  Capturing scenes throughout the region with video & deconstructing each experience in painting.  Fine art, refreshments & live music with some local boys!  For more information, call 406-863-ARTS or log onto http://www.whitefishgallerynights.org.

“The human presence has shifted into an alienated existence.  We identify with technologies that pull us away from our natural environments.  Our urban landscapes are created to fit a manufactured system to which human society has developed into.  Our domain is unnatural.  In this series I use color to outline or highlight our connection to the objects and landscapes that we, as humans, interact with. I use yellow as the symbol of energy and the symbol of our overall interference.  We have become an abstract idea amongst our own surroundings. The videos I have created depict real objects, beings and landscapes, but are arranged to show society in an abstract nature.  Each video corresponds with a painting that captures a sliver of time.  Breaking moving colors into simple static shapes is my effort to provoke the viewer to look deeper into our zesty domain.”  Holden Roberts

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Layers of Solitude featuring Mark Baumbach & Doug Ersson-Hammerberg

Join us Thursday, August 2nd, 6-9PM for our next Whitefish Gallery Nights event, featuring mixed media abstract expressionist, Mark Baumbach, along with selections from the Forest Illusions series by local photographer, Doug Ersson-Hammerberg.  Fine art, refreshments & live music with Chris Morel. For more information, call 406-863-ARTS or log onto http://www.whitefishgallerynights.org.

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Mark Baumbach is a working artist, father of four young ones & an all around talented woodworker, house painter & more!!  He resides in Lakeside, MT with his wife, Shannon & children.  Mark’s style combines landscapes with abstract expressionism, mixed media acrylics & plaster.  Layers of medium on wood panel….worked, scratched & sanded until a multi-dimensional surface arises.  He then finishes with his own framework, stained black or brown, allowing the patterns of wood to come through.  His work displays well in simple modern settings, whether residential or commercial, where it is a primary vocal point of the space, but can also add dimension in more rustic settings, as the work captures many of the colors & roughness of reclaimed barnwood or metal….a touch of industrial energy mixed into vast portraits of the land around us.

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“I am a self taught photographer specializing in nature based abstracts, wildlife & landscape photography.  I have spent many years in the back country of Montana, Wyoming, Colorado and Washington, but only in the past few years have I carried a camera with me to capture my journeys.  Often the beauty of nature is overlooked in the search for that ultimate shot.  In my nature based abstracts, I attempt to share with you those subtle views of nature in ways only special settings can capture.  Colors are all natural and as caught in camera in the field.  Forest Illusions is a collection of work using long exposure and planned camera movement combined with the use of natural lighting and coloration of the scene before me.”  -Doug Ersson-Hammerberg

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