SPEAKING VOLUMES: TRANSFORMING HATE
Speaking Volumes: Transforming Hate showcases the diverse work of 46 artists who transformed thousands of anti-Semitic and racist books into uplifting and dynamic works of art. The exhibition sponsored by the Montana Human Rights Network opens Oct. 5 at the Holter Museum of Art with a reception from 5 to 8 pm. It runs through Dec. 30, 2018. In conjunction with this thought-provoking exhibition, everyone is welcome to participate in programs offered by Helena organizations including the Lewis and Clark Library, YWCA, Plymouth Congregational Church, and Big Sky Unitarian Universalists.
On view in the Baucus and Millikan Gallery
October 5 - December 30
Rivers of flame:
A wood fire exhibition curated by Tara Wilson in conjunction with the "Cultural Confluence" wood fire symposium in Helena (October 18th -20th) More info
Exhibition on view: September 14th - October 26th
Opening Reception October 19th 5 pm-7 pm
On view in the Nicholson Gallery
September 7 - October 23
“Cataclysm” is a response to the ebb and flow between angst and hope that many of us are experiencing both nationally and globally. We are emerging out of what was experienced by many as a time in American history defined by movement towards a brighter, more inclusive and at the very least more tolerant future. As we enter into a Trump administration the climate feels, once again, charged with the possibility of cataclysm. More Info
Ceramic works from Shalene Valenzuela & illustrations by Courtney Blazon
on view in the Bair Gallery: July 20 - October 14
Opening Reception: July 20 5pm - 7pm
Shalene Valenzuela recreates everyday common objects out of clay, embellishing the surfaces with illustrated narratives that belie the simplistic function of the object. Courtney Blazon draws intricate narratives on paper that are layered with symbolism and meaning. When glancing their pieces from afar, both artists’ works may be seen simply as attractive objects or intricate and alluring compositions. However, upon further investigation of their respective works, deeper meanings are revealed - in particular, issues surrounding women and the complexities of women’s lives throughout history. Both Valenzuela and Blazon draw influence from mythology, fairytales, societal expectations and coming-of-age issues and lean into humor, irony and symbolism to create involved stories that are woven together and are not always what they appear to be upon first glance.