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It feels BIG

“My time at Living Art is such a small time compared to the rest of my life but it doesn’t feel like a little bit of time, it feels BIG – what it gives me feels big.  It helps me remember who I am.” B.D., workshop participant

A Bridge to Creativity

“Living art offers a bridge to creativity. The workshops allow you to put everything else aside while you actively engage your ability to let go and express yourself using art.” L.Z., workshop participant

Tracy Pohndorf

Tracy is a Minnesota native who has always been attracted to the visual arts. After receiving her BFA, Tracy worked in production pottery in Winona, MN until the desire to make non-functional, large scale sculpture lured her west to get her MFA from Washington State University. A camping trip to Montana in 1994 ended up being permanent. Tracy has worked at Living Art of Montana since 2012. She is thrilled to have landed at an organization that values the inherent value of creating with your hands and recognizes the relief and insight that creativity can bring to one’s life.


Favorite way to relax:
  I love hiking, far away from cell service. National Parks are like sanctuaries for me.

Things I say:
  Do I have everything…do I have everything…do I have everything…yes I do!

Special skill: 
I’m told I’m a “super connector.”  I can analyze information and find meaningful connections.

Tana Ostrowski

In addition to being an artist and art educator Tana is a clinical staff member with the Community Bridges post-acute brain injury rehabilitation program of Community Medical Center Rehabilitation Institute of Montana.


Favorite quote:
 “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness.” Mark Twain

Odd fact:
 I have visual processing disorder with dizziness, but love to make things from tiny pieces of glass.

Why do you volunteer at Living Art?
 It is rare that an organization offers its service at no cost to the participant.  I also love the camaraderie, support and inspiration from both staff and participants.

Odette Grassi

Odette is an Alaskan by birth but happy to have her heart firmly split with Montana. She is an active artist, teacher, and construction coordinator. Her educational background in all these fields gives added depth to each one. She has worked with Living Art of Montana in a variety of roles for over ten years and looks forward to continuing for another ten.


Hidden talent:
  I can handle a dog sled team

Special skill:
  Organizing.  Although at times people might doubt that…

Favorite meme:
  It’s not really hoarding when it’s cool stuff!

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