Seven members met Tuesday, March 13th for a fun creative afternoon. Joy Staelens gathered together bits and pieces from her stack of stuff for us to create unique masks. Janet Christina donated beautiful peacock feathers that all of us used as part of our masks. Jean Mazur brought large masks she made for a Mardi Gras party. Everyone posed for a pic with them!
Join AAM for an Artful gathering!
We plan to wear our masks to the March 7th meeting, 2pm, at the C.M. Russell Museum. You can come as you are or wear your own mask! We will view the Russell Auction art then go to Good Time Charlie's Restaurant at 3802 10th Ave., Great Falls.
AAM is so excited to celebrate the Fifth year of the Missouri Falls Fine Arts Show & Sale! The show will once again be located in the Ozark Room at The History Museum at 422 2nd Street South in Great Falls, Montana during Western Art Week, March 15-18th. The ambiance of the venue gives an added flair to the already unique art being presented.
From traditional to the unusual, the show features artwork from 14 local AAM artists and two featured artists whose creativity spans a variety of mediums, styles and techniques. The AAM artists participating in the show this year are: Stoney Burk, Judy Ericksen, Jean Fleming-Mazur, Leslie Kesler, Rebecca Kinane, Chary Majerus, Lynn McLeod, Theresa Oksness, Margi Schindele, Dawn L. Sievers, Nancy Speer and 622 Studio students, Joy Staelens, and Sandy Walker.
The Opening Reception is Thursday, March 15, from 4 - 8 pm. Come meet the artists, enjoy music from Charla Bauman and refreshments. The awards for the Val Knight Scholarships will be given to one senior high school student from C.M.Russell, Great Falls and Paris Gibson Education Center high schools.
With a large selection there is sure to be art pleasing to all!
Here are the two featured artists!
Janet Christina, a long time AAM member. She was born and raised in Missoula. When she was young her vision was poor, but after getting glasses at eight her world became clear. She started to draw everything, especially flowers and birds. Her high school art teacher exposed her to many art mediums. After high school she worked as a telephone operator and later married her husband who was in the USAF and started a family. After he retired they moved to Great Falls where he was an air traffic controller. In between raising her family Janet created art in several mediums.
She joined the Great Falls Arts Association, now the Art Association of Montana. Janet’s inspirations come from her love of Montana’s outdoors. Her artwork depicts scenes and wildlife from many backpack trips throughout Montana’s wilderness areas. Janet had the opportunity to design the four stained glass windows of Redeemer Lutheran Church in Great Fall. Her designs tell the stories of The Resurrection, Communion, Baptism and The Great Mystery of the Triune God. She reproduced these images into colorful bookmarks. Among her creative endeavors, Janet has designed rubber stamps with a western theme for a stamp company and painted backdrops for area plays. At 82 Janet’s vision has become poor again, however she still remains active with life and her art such as creating unique greeting cards made with feathers, dried flowers, different papers and rubber stamps. “I feel that the Lord has blessed me with the ability to paint what I see and what I remember.”
Sarah Justice is our second featured artist. She was raised in North Carolina and currently resides in Great Falls. In 1998 Sarah started Living with Art Studios, a decorative art business, specializing in wall murals, cabinet and furniture refinishing and decorative wall finishes. After 5 years she started painting landscape with oil paints then showing her work in fine art galleries in North Carolina, Georgia and Texas. Sarah received her BFA degree from Georgia State University in ceramics in 2014 and received her MFA from the University of Montana in May, 2017.
Sarah found clay to be a medium like no other and one that she is truly passionate about and continues to use to create figurative sculpture. Myths and folklore fuel her creativity, teaching her lessons about life especially of powerful women figures such as Medusa, Athena, and, Andromeda. Her work tells stories of life/death, wisdom, archetypes, and the fine line between pleasure and pain. Sarah is currently the Director of Education at the Paris Gibson Square Museum of Art in Great Falls, Montana. She teaches artistic workshops in figure drawing and figurative sculpture, as well as maintaining a thriving studio practice and exhibition record. Sarah’s work has been in multiple publications; received substantial grants based on artistic merit; and has won numerous artistic awards.
The AAM artists participating in the show this year are: Stoney Burk, Judy Ericksen, Jean Fleming-Mazur, Leslie Kesler, Rebecca Kinane, Chary Majerus, Lynn McLeod, Theresa Oksness, Margi Schindele, Dawn L. Sievers, Nancy Speer and 622 Studio students, Joy Staelens, and Sandy Walker.
We will highlight each artist in the coming weeks. Come back next week!
AAM was invited to exhibit at the Great Falls High School's Dahl Gallery. Nineteen members participated including Monica Bauer, Doris Boyle, Janet Christina, Pat Bushly-Johnson, Brenda Carwile, Marie Daniels, Jean Fleming-Mazur, Ruth Franklin, Alana Hastings, Rebecca Kinane, Gloria Luna, Theresa Oksness, Ron Paulick, Ev Rukavania, Janet Sedlacek, Kay Silk, Joy Staelens, Sherry Tuss, Sandy Walker, Members to took last year's Diane Anderson Painting Workshop are also shown.
You will see art showcasing the many different mediums AAM members work in, such as photography, oil, watercolor, acrylic and pastel painting, mixed media, jewelry, drawing and glass.
The opening reception, held January 25th, was attended by students, artists and the public. The show is up until March 6th. Many thanks to Cortni Harant, Art Department director, for this opportunity to share our work with Great Falls High School students!
We had a delightful time at AAM's Annual Meeting and Christmas Party. The weather cooperated with a clear night sky and mild temperatures.
We started with a quick art project making ATCs - Artist Trading Cards - using supplied materials. Later we picked one to take home. Sign up sheets were available for 2018 area shows.
At the business meeting Joy reviewed the year and updated us on the coming year's events. After a delicious meal we moved tables and chairs for the Chinese Gift Exchange. There were a couple of gifts that made three rounds before the exchange was completed!