This month we met at Paris Gibson Square to finish art for two windows of the Summer Urban Art Project. The themes are "Surfin' Safari" and "Summer in the City." Eight artists participated: Janet Christina, Joy Staelens, Gloria Luna, Ruth Franklin, Margi Schindele, Lynn McLeod, Sandy Walker, Jean Mazur and
the students at Whittier Elementary, Great Falls, Montana. New this summer is a reception is July 8 from 5-7pm on the sidewalk in front of the garage. Thank you to Joy, Jean, Ruth and Sandy for helping out with the installation!
AAM's new annual exhibit is now on display at the Great Falls Public Library, 301 2nd Ave N, Great Falls, MT. Stop by and see the latest from our members! The exhibit will be up through the end of May.
Our guest speaker this month was Dwayne McClellan. Dwayne is a photographer in Great Falls, Montana. His interests in photography started when his parents gave him his first camera, Kodak Instamatic, at 6 years old. Mostly self taught he enjoys all aspects of photography from film to digital. "Today I shot all of my pictures with my Nikon D610 with my Nikon D7000 as my backup camera. Each picture I take is a continuing journey in learning and perfecting techniques. Each session and shoot also allows me to further define my style and the look I hope to achieve with each shoot and session." Dwayne shared several photos including two night scenes, one of the Calumet Refinery and one of the Sundial at 9th Street and River Road. His work includes portraiture, local sports and events, and nature. His website is http://dwaynemccleanstudios.com
Sarah Justice, along with her friends Kelly Stevenson and Ashley Maxwell have a new exhibit at the Dahl Gallery at the Great Falls High School. They represent three individual sculptural styles and subjects. The opening reception is Thursday, March 21st 3:15 - 4:15. Meet the artists and enjoy refreshments. Please stop at the school office before going to the Dahl Gallery.
Jean Price graciously invited us to her home for the February general meeting on February 12th. She is a retired art teacher in the Great Falls Public Schools. She has collected art throughout her life, displayed throughout her home. Besides her own art Some are from her students as well as local and well known artists. Jean traveled to many places and displayed her souvenirs on the walls, tables and cabinets. One of the motifs she is known for is her shadowboxes. One delightful one is a Hawaiian vacation. Thank you, Jean, for a great afternoon!
AAM started The new year with our guest artists Cale and Mandy Younce, of Hell City Kitty band, talked about how they met and their musical careers together. They often play at the Back Alley Pub. At the end of their talk they serenaded us with a song. It was a great first meeting!
Doris Boyle always has something fun to share! November was Pour Painting! It's a unique painting technique with results that are so colorful and unexpected! We did "dirty pours" which is where you layered your paint colors in a cup like a parfait. It is placed upside down on the surface, lifted, and watch the colors flow while tilting the board.
The designs are amazing!
We had a great time playing with paint!
AAM was delighted to have Steve Carlyle Smith for the featured artist. Steve talked about his career and artwork with entertaining stories how he started and his career to date and showed many images. The inspirations for his paintings are old black and white photos, especially those from the 1950s with the scalloped edges. Many of these he buys as well as given to him. For more information please see his website scaryle.com.
"Passing" on view at Hotel Arvon, 118 1st Ave S, Great Falls, Montana