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Winter Reflection by Katie Patten

13×19 inches

fused glass

I was inspired by the many layers of the reflection theme. Wintertime, as a season, is an opportunity to slow down and reflect inward, so this grove of trees suggests the quiet of that season and the opportunity to sit in the stillness. Also, this piece is reflecting the backside of the grove: how often are we distracted by the face of things, and yet what is most meaningful may be the less obvious reflection from the other side of life. The techniques for kiln-firing the glass require several firings to get the detail on the back side of the fused glass which then reflects the hidden details onto the mirror surface. And of course, this piece utilizes the obvious reference to reflection: it is a mirror.

Katie Patten began working with glass in 1978 while avoiding a commitment to go to graduate school and has since completed dozens of stained glass commissions in the Missoula area. She purchased her first kiln in 1981 and was joined by husband Leonard Tinnell in business in 1988. Since then they have created fused glass plates, bowls, jewelry, and sculpture which are sold all over the country. Apparently she is still avoiding graduate school.

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Big Sky by Tom Quinn

Oil on panel

18×14 inches

Tom was born in Great Falls. He attended Gonzaga University and went to The Art Institute of Seattle. He likes to show what’s absurd but not impossible, to take the ordinary out of context, and to turn the familiar into the strange. (quinntheartist.com)

Without light we can’t have art. Reflections are echoes of light; sometimes vivid, sometimes subtle, sometimes revealing, sometimes baffling. Art needs indirect light as much as the direct kind.


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Between a Sea and an Open Space by Linds Sanders

Acrylic on canvas, diptych

12x16x1.5 inches and

12x4x1.5 inches

During hard times we fall onto idioms, most commonly that of “between a rock and a hard place.” When we are squeezed between a rock and a hard place we are forced to adapt, to endure, and to long for another time. This piece creates an opposing idiom, “between a sea and an open space.” Stuck between two vast breathable spaces, we can surround ourselves with light and are given the space to reflect, to change, and to be here now. Living Art of Montana provides Missoula with this center-between a sea and an open space – giving time to breathe, heal, and recreate ourselves.

Native Montanan Linds Sanders works as an artist in Missoula. In 2016 Linds used her artwork to reach out to a broader community by sending an original piece of artwork to a stranger once a day. Linds is the proud owner and designer of Ramble Journals, hand-bound leather journals sold to benefit the Rina Moog Scholarships. When she isn’t painting, creating journals, or performing as a slam poetry artist, Linds can be found taking jumping pictures on the summits of mountains with her husband Brian.

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Kufo by George Ybarra

Mixed media

19x10x10

George’s metal fabrications combine aspects and essentials of modern art with the landscape to form original sculpture. Over the years, several distinct series of work have emerged and continue to inspire further exploration. He is the founder of the sculpture exhibit at Caras Nursery and Landscape which is in its 13th season. This community art event features regional sculpture. It enables artists to explore the connection between their art and environment in an outdoor setting.

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Luminous by George Ybarra

Metal and glass

32x6x6 inches

George’s metal fabrications combine aspects and essentials of modern art with the landscape to form original sculpture. Over the years, several distinct series of work have emerged and continue to inspire further exploration. He is the founder of the sculpture exhibit at Caras Nursery and Landscape which is in its 13th season. This community art event features regional sculpture. It enables artists to explore the connection between their art and environment in an outdoor setting.

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