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A View of Two: Michael Coles & Kristi Brothers
October 27 through December 17, 2005

Black and white photographs of the High Line by Michael Coles of Missoula, and Raku by Kristi Brothers of Butte are featured in this view of two artists. Michael Coles’ photo essay, entitled An Empty Quarter, evolved from a series of trips across US Highway 2 and various back roads stretching along the Great Northern rail line. The images are from counties such as Blaine, Phillips, and Valley—counties almost the size of small states, yet containing populations of less than 5,000, with no more than 6 people per square mile. His 30 photographs offer a mix of architecture, scapes, and sign posts, but the faces of the rural elderly—survivors of these depopulating regions—are the backbone of this folio. 

Saco Post Office, by Michael Coles
Saco Post Office, black and white photograph, 11 x 14 inches, by Michael Coles

Copper Matt Jar, by Kristi Brothers

Copper Matt Jar, Raku, by Kristi Brothers

The collection of Raku pieces by Kristi Brothers is a combination of wheel-thrown and hand-built works in clay depicting the richness and brilliance conceived from using copper as a primary ingredient in the glazes. By combining elements of the earth with fire and water, Brothers has produced a collection of vessels that are one-of-a-kind. It is often commented that her pots look like metal rather than clay. The works of Kristi Brothers are on display in cooperation with and partial sponsorship from the Montana Art Gallery Directors’ Association.


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