Arts in Autumn 2019

From emerging artists to buzzworthy installations, here are some of the Flathead Valley's must-see fall art exhibitions

By Beacon Staff
Tonalist oil painter Tabby Ivy’s easel brims with brushes in her home studio in Bigfork on Oct. 1. Hunter D’Antuono | Flathead Beacon

In the Flathead Valley, fall is a time when the arts-and-culture scene fills calendars with an impossible catalog of events, beckoning us into storefront studios and warming us with its mesmerizing hues.

From studio openings to museum exhibitions, buzzworthy art installations and film premieres, autumn is a season that highlights the forested landscape’s colorful redesign as well as the region’s fruitful artistic offerings.

The Flathead Beacon has dedicated this week’s issue to accent some bright spots on the dimming horizon and remind readers that a glittering mosaic of talent and inspiration awaits.



Hockaday Museum of Art in 1984. Hockaday is celebrating its 50th anniversay this year. Courtesy photo

50 Years of Fine Art

Hockaday Museum of Art was founded in 1969 to help foster the Flathead’s growing art scene


A half-century ago, a small group of local artists and art lovers wanted to find a way to help the Flathead Valley’s artistic scene flourish. While there was a local club — a branch of the Montana Institute of the Arts — it did not have a place to display its work. Kalispell needed an art museum.



Grinell Glacier Overlook. Photo by Rosella Mosteller

Kalispell Photographer’s New Book Captures Wilderness in Black and White

Rosella Mosteller will give a reading and share photos at Flathead Valley Community College on Nov. 21


Rosella Mosteller’s camera is a regular companion on her outdoor excursions throughout the American West, and now some of her distinctive black-and-white photographs from her home state have been compiled in a new book, “Montana: Mountains & More” that is available in a limited print.



Brian Iguchi, Travis Rice and Jeremy Jones trek into the Teton Wilderness. Courtesy photo

Behind the Lens with Jeremy Jones

Featuring professional snowboarders Brian Iguchi and Travis Rice, Teton Gravity Research’s ‘Roadless’ schusses into Whitefish with new film set in Yellowstone


Earlier this year, snowboarders Jeremy Jones, Brian Iguchi and Travis Rice teamed up to explore the Teton Wilderness on a 10-day, human-powered expedition to the southeastern corner of Yellowstone National Park and the Teton Wilderness, considered to be one of the most remote places in the 48 contiguous states.



Jonathan Marquis makes a cyanotype in Glacier National Park. Courtesy photo

Higher Art

As Jonathan Marquis wanders the Mountain West, his work is informed by the remote landscape he’s tracing


The first time I met the artist Jonathan Marquis was in a remote corner of Glacier National Park, near one of its namesake ice masses, at the end of a long off-trail traverse in the mountains.



Tabby Ivy, a tonalist oil painter, as seen in her home studio in Bigfork on Oct. 1. Hunter D’Antuono | Flathead Beacon

Reflections and Intentions

Artist Tabby Ivy opens her solo exhibit this month at Frame of Reference in Whitefish featuring her tonalist oil paintings


As a sixth-grader in the 1950s, Tabby Ivy wanted to take an afterschool art class. But she didn’t get in.

Students interested in the class were told to write their signature on a piece of paper, which would apparently demonstrate their artistic potential. Ivy flunked the signature test and was rejected from the program. She wouldn’t pursue art for another 40 years.






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