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.
50 Years of Fine Art
Hockaday Museum of Art was founded in 1969 to help foster the Flathead’s growing art scene
By JUSTIN FRANZ
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.
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
By ANDY VIANO
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.
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
By TRISTAN SCOTT
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.
As Jonathan Marquis wanders the Mountain West, his work is informed by the remote landscape he’s tracing
By TRISTAN SCOTT
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.
Reflections and Intentions
Artist Tabby Ivy opens her solo exhibit this month at Frame of Reference in Whitefish featuring her tonalist oil paintings
By MAGGIE DRESSER
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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