Studio Tour Celebrating Local Artists and Artisans
Local artists and artisans working and living in the Flathead Valley participated in a Studio Tour & Sale on the weekend of September 20 & 21, 2014. Host artists/artisans demonstrated their skills and/or provided samples of various stages of production for visitor viewing. Local Color Studio Tour was a juried event for artist studios and galleries with a working studio on the premises.
2014 Participating Artists listed in alphabetical order
Kelly Bort Whitefish, Montana Kelly's art quilts are first drawn on a piece of white fabric. They are painted with both inks and fabric paints. After the painting has dried and cured, she quilts the work, quilting both by hand and with her sewing machine. She is surrounded by beautiful wildflowers, interesting wild animals and the ever-changing mountains, all of which inspire her work.
New Participant for 2014
Celinda English Kalispell, Montana Celinda English is the artist and owner of CE DESIGNS Studio, located in the Eastside Brick Building in the eastside of Kalispell. Celinda works on commission with interior designers and architects to create one-of-a-kind wall pieces that compliment a room’s décor. Her education in art, fashion, and costume design is shared with high school students and adults in her spacious studio classroom. Celinda also designs contemporary jewelry, knitwear, apparel, costume, fiber craft, and surface design pieces.
Gail Hansen Whitefish, Montana Gail is inspired by the pattern of light created in the backlit subject. She begins outside where she sets up an easel and produces small sketches. Working in her studio, she expands small paintings into large-scale works on canvas. After 30 years of working in watercolor, she has found the expressive possibilities inherent in the medium of oils the perfect marriage of idea and medium for her.
New Participant for 2014
Kris Kramer Whitefish, Montana Working with metal clay or PMC, Kris is more sculpture than jeweler. She designs and creates silver pendants, necklaces, charms, earrings, and rings. End-of-season sales will abound during this tour.
Karen Leigh Kalispell, Montana Inspired primarily by the beauty and spirit of her native Montana as well as travels abroad, Karen offers original watercolors and commissioned work. A Signature Member of the Montana Watercolor Society, Karen received the Gold Medal in 2006 and President’s Award in 2008.
Shelle Lindholm Kalispell, Montana Shelle paints animals with attitude. Her primitive painting style has developed through the exploration of acrylics and has been strongly influenced by folk art from around the world. She was recently named by Montana’s Secretary of State, Linda McCulloch, as the current Montana “Treasured” Artist.
Susan Miller Kalispell, Montana With a passion for creating and recycling, Susan has been blessed to give castaway items a second chance. Vintage china, glass, postage stamps, lace and more are transformed into jewelry using stained glass techniques. Vintage china, glass, paint and imagination are used to create one-of-a-kind mosaics, home décor and furniture. Susan also find great satisfaction in creating new custom family heirlooms from damaged pieces from the past.
Lee Proctor Bigfork, Montana Lee has always worked with fire, first in metals and now in hot glass. For him, the creative process is a magical experience, full of mystery and challenge. Lee trusts his creative instincts, letting his intuition be his guide.
David Secrest Somers, Montana Natural processes guide David’s aesthetic judgment and it is through intentional manipulation of materials that he finds his expression. Through exploring the interplay between structure, surface and form, David hopes to capture the viewer’s attention and paradoxically offer a respite for the viewer’s intellect.
Elaine Snyder Kalispell, Montana Elaine is a custom clothier of buckskin dresses and modern western buckskin jackets and vests for men and women. In January 2009, Elaine was inducted into Montana Circle of American Masters as a master tailor in buckskin and historic clothes.
Yvonne Stotler Kalispell, Montana It has always been about the art for Yvonne. Art has defined her life, given her purpose, and filled her with joy and wonder. She has tried to capture the joy that nature brings into her life in her porcelain artwork. To create her unusual combinations of objects, she makes plaster molds and uses porcelain slip.
New Participant for 2014
Sheri Trepina Kalispell, Montana Sheri designs colorful, textural hanging art pieces inspired by elements of nature. The technique of Collage is a favorite; Sheri loves the rich textures and line you get by the layering of delicate papers and paint. The movement of paint and water against these layers is exciting to Sheri and gives her work an abstract quality.
Sherry Wells Kalispell, Montana Sherry uses primarily high fire porcelain to make her wheel thrown and altered dining, serving and decorative ware. She finds great joy and satisfaction in using handmade objects daily. Sherry seeks to enhance this experience for others by encouraging the use of handmade Art daily, generating a moment of pause to appreciate the piece being used; to drink coffee, eat meals, or enjoy viewing.