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Ready for my Close-up by Ann Blair

wood,paint, wax and glass

16x16x4.5 inches

I made this slumped plate years ago and have had an idea for a kind of dressing room makeup mirror light for a long time. I just couldn’t figure out the logistics of the frame. Then my friend Kelly Lyndes, a great woodworker, figured out and made the box for me. Then I let it sit in my living room for two years. Anyway, when I heard the theme this year was Reflection, I realized I needed to finish the project.

I have a degree from the University of Montana in creative writing. I grew up in Billings but consider Missoula my home. I love cooking, cats, Afghan hounds, and books. I’m a real estate broker and chronic tech support for Directv. In my spare time I take years to make a lamp/mirror for Living Art, one of the best support programs of all time.

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The Future is Unknown by Jack Boyd

Metal and rubber found objects

12.5×8.4.5 inches

Jack was born in Radford, VA raised on the beaches of Los Angeles, and, after living in various cities throughout the United States, he moved to Missoula in 1989, having finally found a place that he felt fostered a generative and original community of artists and thinkers. Boyd is motivated by the originality he felt so moved by upon moving to Missoula, developing a style that refrains from direct influence, permitting him to be more open, intuitive, even roving, while binding the ideas that emerge from a quiet, undiluted mind with the objects of the consumer world. His assemblage sculptures of revivified, often technological ephemera have recently trained their interest on manipulating the icons and tropes of the art of the American West. Jack’s work can be found in various establishments within Missoula, as well as in private collections throughout the country.

The creation of this particular sculpture was a spontaneous treasure hunt absent of any planning. I went out in the world free of expectation looking for anything and open to anything. In a sense the piece made itself right in front of my eyes! I feel so humbled and filled with gratitude when this happens. It is proof that I am on the right track, doing what it is that I am meant to do.

Other ideas are received in a pre-designed fashion (who or what is this mysterious designer) where I simply search out specific pre-ordained parts and assemble them.

I often find that observers of art are interested in the artist’s narrative, the meaning of the work produced. I hope my description of process will bring some satisfaction along these lines. For me the process is the meaning. The finished work has a life I can’t quite comprehend. For me to attempt a meaning would only be a distraction for the viewer, a hindrance to the truth, which is, what meaning is evoked for them?! My responsibility is to be quiet, expectantly receptive to numinous, ineffable experience, and then physically manifest what comes through. “The Future is Unknown” is a product of this process. Enjoy!

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Kiss the Light by Marlo Crocifisso

mixed media and collage

20×16 inches

Marlo was born and raised in Helena, Montana. She received her BA in Fine Art from the University of Montana in 2006, with a main focus on studio art, photography, and ceramics. During her time at the University, she participated in a one-year study abroad in Malta at the University of Malta, where she studied Art History and various studio arts like printmaking and etching. In 2009 she moved back to Missoula and started painting on large scale canvas, beginning experiments with stencil-integrated, street-informed paintings. At this same time, Crocifisso started working for Monte Dolack as his personal picture framer. Carrying her skills obtained after six years framing at The Dolack, Marlo has embarked on her own adventure by opening Art Haus Fine Art Framing. www.marlocrocifisso.com

Kiss the light depicts the outer dwellings of giant show room buildings throughout the United States in a chopped up and rearranged, intricately woven collage. Combined with an original hand cut stencil overlaying the top, this piece was created as a reflection on the enormity of consumption and the usage of high fashion as its vehicle.

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Sailor by Paul Filicetti

Mixed media

25.5×11 inches

Paul, a Montana native, historic preservation architect, son, father, grandfather, and past artist contributor to the Light Show, explores Montana’s architecture and traditional cultural properties on weekends and restores those places that matter most in our lives during the week.

In the spirit of reflection, President Theodore Teddy Roosevelt, his era’s most influential naval strategist, added 16 battleships to the U.S. Navy to create his Great White Fleet which then circumnavigated the globe in 1907 as a show of U.S. pride and power. For the last 238 years, “the Navy is something to be aware of. Something to be thankful for. Something to be proud of.” While 70% of the earth is covered in water, 80% of the planet’s population lives within close proximity to coastal areas and 90% of global commerce is conducted by sea. The U.S. Navy consists of some 431,712 personnel and 430 ships, 274 of which are deployable. “Sailors are always there for our country…” and Sailor is there for you.

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Murmuration by Rowland Freeman

kiln-fired window glass with crushed glass pigment

24×24 inches

I made a series of panel like this after a triple bypass. This is the one I like the best.

Rowland was born on a Naval Air Station in 1948. He has worked with concrete most of his life, thinks that silica sand is one of the most interesting elements in the universe as well as the most common and he’s not done figuring out what to do with it.

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