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Studio Tour
Celebrating Local Artists and Artisans
September 20 - 21, 2014
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Local artists and artisans working and living in the Flathead Valley will participate in a Studio Tour & Sale on the weekend of September 20 & 21, 2014.  Host artists/artisans will demonstrate their skills and/or provide samples of various stages of production for visitor viewing.  Local Color Studio Tour is a juried event for artist studios and galleries with a working studio on the premises.

2013 Participating Artists
listed in alphabetical order

Lavonne Burgard
Kalispell, Montana
Printmaking was an emphasis of Lavonne’s studies at Drake University.  Lately, she has focused on developing entire paintings with a brayer (hand roller used in the printmaking process).  She enjoys the freedom of expression and the element of surprise that happens when she paints without a brush.  It is her hope that the finished work will give the viewer the same sense of wonder and incredulity as seeing sunrises and sunsets in real time.


Karen Chesna
Kalispell, Montana
Reading and thinking form the core of Karen’s artistic practice.  She makes sculptural jewelry, artist books, and small metal-based mixed-media sculptures that reference archaeology, early science, alchemy, astronomy and old religious rites. Architectural elements and geometric forms provide a structure of order and rationality as she explores our relation to the irrational and mysterious.


Celinda English
Kalispell, Montana
Celinda has been influenced by contemporary movements in textile, surface design, fashion, fine art and theater.  Celinda enjoys using mixed media applications to create large scale designs that complement the architectural design of interior spaces.  She combines her fashion background and incorporates the western influences of rock, water and the colors and textures of the earth in her work, and likes to think her pieces “have an organically geometric quality”.


Kim Ingwaldson
Kalispell, Montana
The realism and vibrant art work of the artist, Marilyn K. Ingwaldson (“Kim”) grasps the eye of not only trained and seasoned professionals, but also just about anyone who catches a glimpse in passing. Her keen sense of color and shading adds an almost new perspective and glow whether its flowers, trees, or forgotten equipment weather-beaten and forgotten.


Ardith Karlsen-Scovel
Kalispell, Montana
Ardith paints in both soft pastels and watercolor, mediums which have allowed her to express her passion for the landscapes of the greater northwest and western Montana.


Kris Kramer
, Montana
Working with metal clay, Kris is more sculpture than jeweler. She makes silver, copper, or bronze pendants, necklaces, charms, earrings, and rings.  She teaches also out of her studio and at various locations in the valley.  One item will be raffled during the tour; proceeds go to the Hockaday.


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.


Robert Markle
Columbia Falls, Montana
Robert says, “What a great life to be able to do what I love... play with the primordial elements of clay and fire and create objects that people find pleasure in using in their daily lives.”


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.


Gini Ogle
Kalispell, Montana
Passionate about landscape painting in NW Montana, Gini, a Montana native, is enthusiastic about learning and continues to push her work in new directions.  Along with her calligraphic interest, she enjoys plein air and studio painting in both watercolor and oil.  You are invited to stop by the studio to see her latest work.


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.


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.


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.


Julie Wulf
Lakeside, Montana
Growing up in Montana, Julie believed that the world is wide open and richly colored.  She is intrigued with the orange and purple streaks of rust on an old truck or in the sky at sunset.  Julie's silk paintings and watercolors reflect this love of color.