Category Archives: Light Show Art

Splashdown by Steve Dolberg


25×19 inches

Silent auction item

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.

Live auction item

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

Live auction item

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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