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Swimming Together is Better by Lynda Zschaechner & Odette Grassi

paper quilling

15x7x1.5 inches

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Fall Water Light by Youpa Stein

Digital print on metal

8×12 inches

Youpa has a BFA in acting and directing from the University of Montana and she graduated with an MA in Psychology and Drama Therapy from the California Institute of Integral Studies. In 1993 Youpa co-founded Living Art of Montana, where she has facilitated workshops for 22 years exploring the arts to enhance aliveness and support resilience.

Youpa grew up living in “National forests: the Tongass in Alaska and the Kootenai in Montana” where her father was a forest ranger, and says, “I feel a sense of being home when I am with water and trees. With keen attention to detail I collaborate with materials such as alder bark or light on water to illuminate and revitalize our connection to the earth.”

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Splashdown by Steve Dolberg


25×19 inches

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Silhouette by Laurie Childs

Fine art print on metal

24×36 inches

Growing up in Montana gave me a fondness for the state that has always pulled on my heartstrings and shutter finger. Traveling for work has taken me to some stunning places, but I seem to have found myself happily back where I started in the Big Sky state. I am especially honored when an image speaks to the love others hold for Montana and its people.

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Naked Limbs by Holly Tripp

photography – metallic print

11×14 inches

“Naked Limbs” appeared before my eyes as I made my way home from seeing a film at the Roxy one lazy Sunday afternoon. The juxtaposition of the enormous puddle of water on 5th Street after a torrential downpour and all that it mirrored drew me in. The reflections of the trees spoke to me more than the trees themselves. As the wind blew, the puddle rippled and the trees began to morph, dance, shift, and change in scale and form. Locals chattered in line waiting for their favorite Big Dipper treat across the street, while time stopped as I stood mesmerized, enraptured, and intrigued by the dichotomy of the small pond of rain water on the busy street and the images it reflected. Floating. Rootless. Groundless. Broken. This was the first time in over a year I felt compelled to pick up my camera, which had become another appendage of my body over 25 years ago. I had neither my tripod nor my professional camera with me, which limited my ability to play with shutter speeds; something I always do when photographing water, but I captured the reflections until I exhausted the angles and felt I had a “keeper.”

“Water fills a hole. The ways of others will fill the space we live in if we don’t fill that space with our own authentic presence. Keeping who I am to myself is not the same as being myself quietly. It is imperative to who we are to be fully here, fully present. It is how we keep the ways of others from sweeping us away.” ~ Mark Nepo

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