Gateway to Montana's Artistic Legacy

Exhibit Archives

Ace Powell: Major Works  
January 10 through March 23, 2002
Featuring the very finest of Powell's paintings and sculptures, on loan from private collections around the Northwest.
Downed Buffalo, by Ace Powell
Ace Powell Downed Buffalo 1966, on loan from Coeur d'Alene Galleries

Asa Lynn (Ace) Powell (1912-1978) was raised near Glacier Park. He attended school on the Blackfeet Reservation, and developed a profound respect for nature. Along with his career as a rancher, he created over 15,000 paintings, prints and sculptures in the forty years preceding his death, representing his love of Western life and the Blackfeet culture.  Come enjoy this special selection from the inspirational legacy left to us by our own long-time Kalispell resident and one of Montana's most respected and prolific Western artists. 
Sponsorship graciously provided by: NUPAC of Kalispell and Trails End Collection: Dr. & Mrs. Van Kirke and Helen Nelson.
Thanks to David Powell, Ace's son, for the wonderful talk at the opening reception on Thursday, January 10, 2002.

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Once the world is divided, the parts need names. There are already enough names. 
One must know how to stop. 
Knowing when to stop averts trouble.

Lao Tsu, Tao Te Ching, from Chapter 32

A series of mixed media works including sculpture and installation pieces inspired by language and universal experience. The content and formal qualities of her
work reveal a serious attitude toward the meaning of life and art. Reifsneider studied art at the Rochester Institute of Technology in New York State and completed a residency at Ucross Foundation in Wyoming in 2000. 
A limited edition vinyl recording of the artist performing "Basic English" is available for purchase during the exhibition.

This tour by is sponsored by MAGDA, the Montana Art Gallery Directors' Association

Jennifer Reifsneider
Naming the Place, Placing the Name
Thursday, March 7 to May 25, 2002

Jennifer Reifsneider Exhibition

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The Photography of Mike Spence
March 7 to May 25, 2002

Photographer Mike Spence
Mike Spence at the Hockaday in March, 2002
with his photograph Torrents from 2001

Veteran photographer Mike Spence's stunning black and white photographs of Eastern Montana and Glacier Park inspire a fresh reappraisal of Montana's sweeping vistas. Spence has traveled our state extensively to document the unfolding visual surprise of both the haunting and the humble. He bought his first camera in 1973 and took his first course in photography while stationed in Southeast Asia in the US Army. He also studied in Maine, Philadelphia, PA., Granite Falls, WA,. Carmel CA., and in Montana, where he's lived since 1997.
Freedom, by Mike Spence
Freedom (Detail) 1999

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Painting by Masako Setoguchi

Masako Setoguchi
Recent Works
March 7 to April 27, 2002

Masako Setoguchi's Montana landscapes in pastel, watercolor and oil are delicate and playful vignettes executed with a sense of childhood wonder by the sure hand of a very successful commercial artist, now residing in Whitefish. Masako illustrated children's books and worked commercially in Japan for many years, and has been shown extensively in Tokyo.

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 The New Artists
High School Art Students of the Flathead Valley 
March 7 to April 16, 2002
Untitled, by Emily Martin, Flathead High School
Digital photomontage by Emily Martin
Flathead High School

Flathead Valley area high school art students emerge as "The New Artists" in this exhibition, juried by acclaimed artist and instructor Tom Saubert.

Students from Bigfork, Columbia Falls, Flathead, Laser and Whitefish high schools are participating in the show, which allows them to gain the real life experience of preparing and submitting finished artwork for the jurying process and public display. There are fifty professional works, including exceptional examples of graphic design, skill and a variety of three dimensional pieces.
Juror Tom Saubert, a Montana
native and Kalispell resident, is a graduate of Cleveland Institute of Art
with a BFA in painting and illustration. Three Rivers Bank of Kalispell has graciously agreed to partner with the Hockaday by exhibiting a portion of this show in their office at 552 N. Meridian in Kalispell. 

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Abbrescia / Abbrescia
Ceramics and Paintings by
Sue Abbrescia and Joe Abbrescia
April 11 to May 24, 2002

Lake Five Catch, by Joe Abbrescia

Joe Abbrescia
Lake Five Catch
Oil on Canvas 1974

Sue & Joe Abbrescia with their family at Lake Five,
near Glacier National Park, Montana

Joe Abbrescia studied at the American Academy of Art in Chicago. He received the Juror's Best of Show Award at the 2002 and 1998 CM Russell Museum Show and Auction as well as Best Painting and Artist's Choice Awards at prior CMR Shows. 
In 1998 Abbrescia was chosen to participate in the Glacier Park Artist in Residence program and a major oil, "Spring's Mountain Kingdom," was selected as Glacier National Park Art Collections fine art limited edition print. He received the people's choice award at the 2001 Montana Land Reliance benefit, Artist's for Open Space. Joe Abbrescia is recognized as one of America's most distinguished painters.

Coiled Ceramic Bowl, by Sue Abbrescia
Sue Abbrescia
Coiled Ceramic Bowl
Underglaze, Low Fire

"I see in clay a soft and subtle beauty, a gentleness and contentment... I simply guide it to completion."

Sue Abbrescia attended Indiana University, married Joe Abbrescia, from the American Academy of Art in Chicago, and raised her family, putting art aside in favor of horses, which she kept in Illinois and Montana.
"About twenty years ago.." as she starts to tell her story, twenty-five pounds of terra cotta clay came into her hands, and became a sculptured patio planter, starting a whole new career.

Sue's remarkable hand-coiled ceramics, made from hundreds of small sculpted shapes, proudly share our West Gallery with Joe's prize-winning canvases.

Graciously sponsored by Valley Bank of Kalispell

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FVCC Advanced Photography Workshop
Bilde Worte
April 26 to May 25, 2002

Bilde Worte (Picture Words) is a strongly thematic presentation of black and white photographs coupled with poetry and lyrics. Each of the thirteen students builds an intriguing tale or portrays an emotional state with the brick of imagery and the mortar of words. The diverse literary sources include Black Elk, Allen Ginsberg, Kahil Gibran, Lennon / McCartney, and a Latvian folksong. Each artist's vision is equally unique.

The artists are: Annetta Bean, Pam Walker, Marsha Argoblast, Ken Cope, Samanth Towery, Shiela Garvey, Sarah Langlois, James Haring, Lindsey Bennett, Christopher Poeschl, Marlee Ann Brown, Erin Gabbord, and Joan Keichline.

The works were curated by instructor Peter Hertlein, and will run for four weeks only!

The Language of Love, by Lindsey Bennett
Lindsey Bennett
From Kahil Gibran
The Language of Love
B&W Photograph

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Lisa Myra Berry honors our first-floor gallery with a series of thoughtful representations of her personal relationship with the natural and spiritual worlds in clay and multi-media .

Every thought we think is a prayer. Every action a offering. Every offering a symbol of our mythology.

Lisa has instructed in ceramics, drawing and design in Savannah, Georgia, and at the University of Montana. She has exhibited at the Art Museum of Missoula, the Jessie Wilber Gallery at Beall Park Art Center in Bozeman, Montana, and Paris Gibson Square Museum of Art in Great Falls, Montana. 

Lisa recently completed a year of travel to Thailand, and is teaching at the Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California.

Lisa Myra Berry 
Explorations In Faith

June 27 to September 14, 2002

Explorations in Faith by Lisa Myra Berry

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