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First Saturday, October 5, 2019
October 5, 2019
ELAINE DAVIS, Oil Landscape Artist
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Elaine will exhibit her landscape paintings from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, October 5 in the Dr. Earl Wharton Memorial Gallery at the Ninepipes Museum. Elaine’s art embraces contemporary life, plein air landscapes, and portraits based on her world travels, but it all started in the loft of the home in San Diego where she grew up. She lived there with her grandmother who came from Eastern Europe, her mother who kept the house filled with music, and her uncle who taught her to draw in the loft where he designed both homes and boats. Elaine was immersed in culture, art and music. Elaine attended Watts Atelier for 3 1/2 years and the Athenaeum School of the Arts one year. She studied techniques using pencil, charcoal, watercolor, acrylic, and oil materials in various local colleges and private workshops. She finds the fluidity of oil works best with the rhythm of stroke that pleases her most — this art education basis lets Elaine fly free with her ideas, yielding a body of work she calls “Fresh Reflections.” Her move to Missoula added to her life’s journey discovering creative material. She says, “Nature here changes its colors and vibrations from one hour to the next. I love hearing the wind howl and seeing the sky turn from vibrant blue to deep dark purple. This great environment further stimulates my desire to paint creatively.”
GARY GILLETT, author of The Missoula City Band: Stories in Time
Book signing from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. with an informal chat scheduled for noon
Gary is the current band director of the Missoula City Band. His book, published by Stoneydale Press, tells the history of the band that has been playing for the public for over 150 years — even before Montana became a state! The band was established in 1865, and its story was “culled from local historical records, including old newspaper articles, city archives, and oral interviews. You’ll learn about the band’s maestros, its musicians, its triumphant as well as trying moments, but throughout, you will see that the spirit of Missoula has been embodied by its band,” says Gillett. The book’s 12 chapters take a look at many illustrious band members and the biggest event ever held in Missoula at which the band played — the April 11, 1911 appearance of ex-president Theodore Roosevelt.
PAT HOBAN, Ceramic Artist
WEATHER PERMITTING on the museum front patio 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Pat received his MFA in Ceramics in the spring of 2019 and moved to Missoula! He is currently an intern for the Clay Studio of Missoula and is a Teaching artist at The Missoula Art Museum and a Potter-in-Residence at the Missoula Tea Company. Pat was born in the suburbs of Philadelphia and discovered his love of ceramics as a freshman in high school. He went on to study ceramics and sculpture at Penn State University where he received his BFA in Sculpture in 2015. In 2016, he received a full scholarship and graduate assistantship to the University of Alabama. There he completed and installed three permanent public art sculptures, including a monster for Tuscaloosa’s “Monster Takeover,” a sculptural bike rack for downtown Tuscaloosa and a Jon Boat for Monroeville, Alabama’s Literary Capital Sculpture Trail. Pat is eager to become a part of the art community of western Montana and share his passion with others.