12th Annual 2013 Members Salon An Annual Exhibition of Artist Member Works
November 7 - December 28, 2013
Thursday, November 14, 2013
5:00 - 7:00 PM
Admission: Free/Open to the Public
2013 People's Choice Award Winners
Jack Hagel 1st Place
A Kalispell, Montana native, Hagel spent his early years as a hunting guide, packer, and horse wrangler. His next 28 years were spent as a buckskin tanner and taxidermist; his buckskins have been featured in many Western movies, including Dances With Wolves, Lonesome Dove, and The Last of the Mohicans. He was an early student of sculptor Frank Divita, and his father, noted Western painter Frank Hagel. His works include Montana landscapes, wildlife, hunting, fishing, contemporary, and historical western scenes. The artist is inspired by many of the great artists of the past, as well as by nature and personal experiences in the western outdoors.
Big Bow on the Blackfoot
24" x 18"
Darlene Morgan 2nd Place
Painting is what fills me up and completes me as a person. People ask me, “When did you decide to become an artist?” The decision was made for me when I first picked up a pencil at a very young age. I was born with the love to draw and paint. I especially love painting the Native Americans and have been doing it for almost 50 years. I particularly love doing subjects that reach out to me in some compelling way. I named this painting “The Eyes Have It,” because in creating her, the eyes were the most important part of this painting. I wanted them to pierce the viewer with intensity, drawing you in and being the most compelling part of the painting. It was a breezy day, with her hair dancing around her face, framing it and complimenting her face. I hope the viewer is drawn in by this girl and feels something special about her.
The Eyes Have It
India Ink Wash
16" x 16"
Rand Robbin 3rd Place
In July, 1947, a starship reportedly crashed near Roswell, New Mexico. The headlines prompted more sightings and hysteria, causing flying saucers and oblong spaceships to become the explanation for airborne, previously unexplained phenomena. Conspiracy theorists and believers in things paranormal were bolstered by the U.S. Government’s refusal to discuss the matter, and it’s unwillingness to refute the possibility of such an event. As if to admit their own uncertainty, bureaucrats and military officials collected data, interviewed witnesses, took to the sky, and issued reports - many of which fostered more uncertainty, and even today, give fuel to those who subscribe to the myth.
My sculpture, “Martian Wake at Roswell, 1947,” is a personal reaction to that time in our history, and is crafted from black walnut and burl of maple. Physical descriptions of aliens stepping to Earth were as varied as the size, shape, and number of spaceships putting them at our door. And I mean “at our door” in the literal sense. I remember awakening in darkness to the low-level thunder of F89-D Scorpions above my bed, scrambled from Malmstrom Air Force Base in response to the unidentified object seen above the Flathead Valley. With a pod of air-to-air missiles beneath each wing, the jets crisscrossed the Valley and repeated the pattern until their screaming presence retreated eastward and away from their discovery of nothingness.
Black walnut is a hard wood, resistant to human messing-with, yet compatible to my personality, to my preference for story-telling through combat with unwilling material. Nearly always at the end of this war with wood, sculpted walnut becomes a tactile and visual wonderland unique to its grain, color, and reflective nature.
Come the day that critters from space appear at my door, I expect they shall stand like those attending the “Martian Wake at Roswell, 1947”. I see them as diminutive, with no hands or legs for causing harm, in company with a bikini-clad fellow hoping to enjoy Flathead Lake. The subject of the wake, the prone figure with extended legs, fell victim to a hard landing. Poor fellow. Call him the “Milky Way Pharaoh,” the guy who financed the trip and just came along for the ride.
Martian Wake at Roswell, 1947
Walnut and Maple Burl
14" x 14" x 6"
About the Exhibit
Come meet the artist next door. Hockaday members who are artists, by vocation or by avocation, exhibit one piece of their artwork in the media of their choice, created in the past year. The public is invited to attend the opening reception on November 14, enjoy the many pieces of fresh art, and cast a vote for their favorite. Voting will continue through December 14 at 5:00 PM. A Members Salon exhibition will yield three People’s Choice Award winners to be announced December 17. The chosen 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners will be awarded prizes. New for 2013, the artist who wins the 1st place award will be given a solo exhibition in the Hockaday's Community Access Gallery during the fall of 2014.
Artist Participation For all of the dates and details on participating in the 2013 Members Salon, please visit the Artist Opportunities page: