• Aurora Borealis IV by Nancy Seiler

    Aurora Borealis IV by Nancy Seiler

    Acrylic on canvas
    30x30 inches

    When I first saw the Northern lights, or aurora borealis, up Lolo Creek in 1989, I felt like I was being given an incredible gift. This painting came out of that memory. I envisioned the lights in the Mission Mountains with the light reflecting onto Flathead Lake.

    Born in Akron, OH, Nancy Seiler received her Visual Communications degree from The Art Institute of Pittsburgh in 1982. She is a Golden Artist Educator for Golden Artist Colors, teaching art workshops form her studio in Missoula, Montana and abroad. Seiler has exhibited her acrylic paintings and botanical illustrations since 2002. Find her work in Missoula at Montana Art and Framing/709 Gallery and in Whitefish at Frame of Reference Fine Art.

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  • Winter Reflection by Katie Patten

    Winter Reflection by Katie Patten

    13x19 inches
    fused glass

    I was inspired by the many layers of the reflection theme. Wintertime, as a season, is an opportunity to slow down and reflect inward, so this grove of trees suggests the quiet of that season and the opportunity to sit in the stillness. Also, this piece is reflecting the backside of the grove: how often are we distracted by the face of things, and yet what is most meaningful may be the less obvious reflection from the other side of life. The techniques for kiln-firing the glass require several firings to get the detail on the back side of the fused glass which then reflects the hidden details onto the mirror surface. And of course, this piece utilizes the obvious reference to reflection: it is a mirror.

    Katie Patten began working with glass in 1978 while avoiding a commitment to go to graduate school and has since completed dozens of stained glass commissions in the Missoula area. She purchased her first kiln in 1981 and was joined by husband Leonard Tinnell in business in 1988. Since then they have created fused glass plates, bowls, jewelry, and sculpture which are sold all over the country. Apparently she is still avoiding graduate school.

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  • Between a Sea and an Open Space by Linds Sanders

    Between a Sea and an Open Space by Linds Sanders

    Acrylic on canvas, diptych
    12x16x1.5 inches and
    12x4x1.5 inches

    During hard times we fall onto idioms, most commonly that of “between a rock and a hard place.” When we are squeezed between a rock and a hard place we are forced to adapt, to endure, and to long for another time. This piece creates an opposing idiom, “between a sea and an open space.” Stuck between two vast breathable spaces, we can surround ourselves with light and are given the space to reflect, to change, and to be here now. Living Art of Montana provides Missoula with this center-between a sea and an open space – giving time to breathe, heal, and recreate ourselves.

    Native Montanan Linds Sanders works as an artist in Missoula. In 2016 Linds used her artwork to reach out to a broader community by sending an original piece of artwork to a stranger once a day. Linds is the proud owner and designer of Ramble Journals, hand-bound leather journals sold to benefit the Rina Moog Scholarships. When she isn’t painting, creating journals, or performing as a slam poetry artist, Linds can be found taking jumping pictures on the summits of mountains with her husband Brian.

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  • Big Sky by Tom Quinn

    Big Sky by Tom Quinn

    Oil on panel
    18x14 inches

    Tom was born in Great Falls. He attended Gonzaga University and went to The Art Institute of Seattle. He likes to show what’s absurd but not impossible, to take the ordinary out of context, and to turn the familiar into the strange. (quinntheartist.com)

    Without light we can’t have art. Reflections are echoes of light; sometimes vivid, sometimes subtle, sometimes revealing, sometimes baffling. Art needs indirect light as much as the direct kind.

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