Jessica is inspired by the colors, landscape, and critters she discovers as she explores Montana on the back of her horse. Beads are light enough to travel so she often creates while adventuring under the big sky.
Hailing from the high desert of beautiful Southwestern Colorado, Laurel Hatch developed a relationship with Western imagery at an early age. Surrounded by vibrant color and influenced by a regionally defined art community that fuses (and celebrates) American Indian and Mexican history with Cowboy culture. Her work incorporates subject matter that visually seduces the viewer, using high contrast and unusual color choices to construct imagery. Her unique blend of modern style and traditional iconography has created a significant following among contemporary American western art collectors. Laurel’s work is held in both private and public collections stateside and abroad. Laurel, her husband and two daughters live in Bozeman, Montana. She is represented by Altitude Gallery.
Lorri Lagerbloom is a mixed media artist living in Big Sky, Montana. A self-described sculptor who builds paintings, her reliefs are created using varied techniques and materials. She gained a formal art education from the State University of New York at New Paltz, in both printmaking and sculpture. She has continued to experiment in depth with paper pulp, encaustic media, papier-mache, and fabric. The coexistence of simplicity and elaborateness, and the purity of the unrefined are essential to her work. Having a life long adoration for the natural world, her work portrays the abundant flora and fauna of the great Treasure State. Lorri has exhibited work throughout Montana and New York and is currently represented by Gallatin River Gallery in Big Sky, Montana.
Chris is best known for his work as the Director/Cinematographer of Warren Miller Ski Films, but Chris’s stunning visuals and expert camerawork reach beyond adventure sports. He’s shot ads for major corporations, produced award-winning documentaries, and pursues fine art photography. He lives in Bozeman with his wife, Anna and their two daughters when he’s not chasing snow.
Esther is a Bozeman based jeweler working in reclaimed fine metals and sustainably-sourced stones. Her handmade pieces are inspired by the natural world and her personal journey through it. Stones, seeds, galaxies, cell structures and plant patterns have never looked so elegant — at once delicate and resilient, earthy and otherworldly.
Ralph’s work is a response to the concept of the passage of time, fleeting and geologic, and to the tenuous perception of things continuous or whole and the endless elements that create these illusions. It is manifested in line and pattern, color and tone, often in multiple surfaces, and further expressed in the physical act of mark making and immersion in the moment of this response.
Ralph Wiegmann, a first generation German-American, grew up in the mid-west. However, many summers were spent with his family in the Rockies where he found his deep connection with the West. As a teenager, he studied violin, painting, drawing and ceramics at Interlochen Arts Academy. Ralph studied illustration at Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design and then moved into Fine Art at the Academy of Art College in San Francisco, where he received his BFA in Painting & Drawing. In 1995, Ralph moved to Missoula, Montana to pursue his passion for painting and drawing. He received his MFA in Painting from the University of Montana. Bozeman Montana is still home, but Ralph currently teaches art in Rice Lake Wisconsin with his wife, artist Suzanne Truman. He is represented by Visions West Gallery.
Jill hand builds minimalistic ceramic pieces with clean lines and natural imagery from durable stoneware clay. Specializing in a variety of table top designs from handmade dinnerware to large serving vessels, her sculptural sensibility elevates everyday ware to something sublime. Her studio is located in Big Sky, Montana, a stone’s throw from the Gallatin River.
Patrick works in a variety of clay mediums to create both utilitarian and sculptural pieces. Landscape, space, density, and expanse are concepts that emerge. His simple, sculptural shapes are equally beautiful alone or in a collection. In groups, they occupy space as a gathering of forms — geometric and organic at once. His functional minimalist work brings joy to the routine of daily living.
Liz is inspired by stories. Her work explores and unveils the stories that are woven into her life. Following her intuition, she works with a variety techniques including encaustic, painting, carving, stitching, and poetry. Her favorite muse is wildness — she finds it most often in her Big Sky home, or with her adventurous family. Liz is one of the founders of Grainhouse Art.
Kelsie creates both functional and sculptural forms glazing her pieces with bright colors and geometric patterns exploring harmonies and tension. Her simple vessels keep the focus on the surface decoration, while her sculpture’s more complex forms balance positive and negative space and explore emotional concepts. Kelsie is a Summer Resident at the Archie Bray Foundation.
Christine was born and raised in Billings, Montana and you can see the influence of the prairie in her artwork. She received her BFA from the University of Montana, and has worked as a horse packer and guide in the Greater Yellowstone region. Her work is layered and personal, using symbolic imagery such as trees, horses and foxes to tell stories of her memories. She is based in Bozeman.
Equally inspired by oceanside Kauai (where she lived until she was 12) and Montana’s large landscape (where she currently resides) Cherlyn’s abstract paintings are a process-driven journey. Using a variety of media — including oil paint, acrylic, graphite, and colored pencils — she enjoys the freedom and spontaneity of allowing one move, one brush stroke, a color field, and/or paint drip, to dictate where she’ll go next. Cherlyn graduated with from University of Montana with a BFA in 2002.
Caitlin has worked with master jewelers in Florence, Boulder, and Jackson Hole, but her heart has always been in Aspen. Inspired by the beauty of Colorado, her jewelry captures nature’s special organic symmetry. Her simple, elegant designs are all crafted from scratch in her mountain town studio.
Gabriel Kulka explores the relationships we create with objects and the spaces that encompass our lives. Each piece is a microcosm examining how we hold our memories within treasured objects and ultimately resolve our internal environments through our surroundings. The furniture, books, clothes, objects we carry with us combined with the architecture and natural environments we spend our lives in is not arbitrary. Instead they are part of a whole and contribute to our understanding of self. These sculptures, large and small, function as an exploration of this relationship through careful composition and deceivingly simplified presentations. Unexpected combinations of proportion, materials and joinery, reveal themselves as invitations to wander through our own pasts, and to examine how it exists simultaneously in our present.
Anna is captured by the light, color and texture of landscapes. Growing up in the mountains of Colorado and spending time in Maine, South Carolina and California before settling in Bozeman, she is inspired by the unique nature of a place. Having a background in printmaking and graphic arts, she loves how luscious paint feels for capturing her favorite vistas. She is one of the founders of Grainhouse Art.
Molly finds inspiration in the patterns and colors of nature, and the tension between organization and chaos. Challenging her own affinity for precision, she’s always trying to capture moments of looseness in her work. She works in a unique choice of multi-media — paper, paint, thread from her sunny Bozeman studio. Molly is one of the founders of Grainhouse Art.
Truman’s paintings have long been informed by the color, light and space of the American West. Her current work explores the interconnectedness of nature through a complex yet Minimalistic layering of encaustic strata, with a focus on glaciers, sea ice and surface albedo mapping.While painting, she uses elements of an additive and subtractive process in a harmonious way to evoke metaphorical essences distilled from nature and the phenomenal effects of seeing. By intuitively responding to emerging imagery as the surface evolves, she hopes these works stir the viewer's internal dialog and inspires their own sense of contemplation. Suzanne and her husband, Ralph, call Bozeman home though they’ve recently been living in N. Wisconsin during the school year, where she teaches at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire – Barron County. Her work is represented by Visions West Contemporary.