Bobbe's personal journey with art began as a creative child in a small, rural area of southwestern Ohio. Ten years ago, she moved to Missoula to be near her daughter and grandchildren. Once here, she started a small business called The Art of Good Food. In 2017, she earned “Certification” with the Montana Arts Council in their artrepreneur program. Along with keeping up with the grand kids, the interactions of teaching watercolor, pastel, and oil classes through several venues and private lessons in the Missoula area keeps Bobbe busy and happy.
Favorite Quote: "Often, in my mind, I have pictured a great blank canvas, and in my imagination I have seen it transformed into the masterpiece of my dreams. Memory has conjured the subject and imagination has fashioned it. How I wish I could show you one of those pictures. They are very broad in treatment and there is no detail to distract the eye; yet the tiniest of incident is there if you look - the glint of a dragonfly's wing over the water, and the blue-green of the hedge sparrow's eggs in the smooth hollow of the nest. The colours cannot be found in tubes - they are taken from the fields and flowers, and are mixed with light and air." -- Edward Seago
Bev lives and works in Missoula. She has been an art instructor and workshop facilitator for adults and children for 30 years. Bev has served as adjunct faculty in drawing and printmaking at The University of Montana and The University of Great Falls. Bev is a member of the SALTMINE artists group. Her work has been widely exhibited throughout Montana and the Northwest region, as well as nationally. She holds a BA degree from the University of Idaho and a MFA degree in printmaking from the University of Montana. She is currently working towards an exhibition at APEX Gallery in Rapid City, SD.
Special talent: I’ve run 4 marathons and 3 half-marathons Favorite saying: Onward and forward! Why do you volunteer at Living Art? It is a unique program that I believe in. Sharing in the creative process with such delightful people has been a highlight for me.
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 worked on staff with Living Art of Montana in a variety of roles for over ten years and continues to volunteer as a facilitator and host.
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!
Though Beth has spent a lot of her time being a mother for 3 or 4 boys and all their friends, an activist, and a web developer, her favorite past-time remains expressing her creative impulses. In serving on the Living Art board for four years, Beth worked to spread the joy, strengthen the hope and nourish the dreams of our vibrant Missoula community. As a facilitator for our Saturday program, she loves watching the magic of Living Art in action.
Favorite quote: “Laughter is our consolation prize for consciousness.” – Louise Erdrich
Christy has studied with Master Silk Painters Karen Sistek and Susan Louise Moyers, expanding her own style and technique. She has exhibited in various shows and received commissions throughout North America, Greece, England and Qatar. she has received the honors award at the Silk Painters International Festival, 2016 and the internationally acclaimed designation of Master Silk Painter in 2018.
She is the founder and President of the Silk Painter’s Guild of Montana, a chapter of SPIN. Christy is also known for her unique line of silk wares - hand painted clothing inspired by her extensive travels throughout the world.
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.
I am a native Montanan with an ignored degree in history currently working professionally in kiln-fired and stained glass. I share one business with my husband who markets our glass art, and another with the creative artists at 4 Ravens Gallery. We have two grown sons and a new golden retriever.
Passions: Honesty and Art Something funny I say: I’m too candid to be funny, but that may be strange. Favorite quote: “There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” Albert Einstein
Tracy Pohndorf, MFA, is the Program Director at Living Art. From a very young age Tracy was drawn to making art and has maintained this relationship throughout her life for many reasons: for fun, for refuge, for clarity and for strength. Clay has been her medium of choice and she thinks playing with clay is one of the perfectly messiest and relaxing things you could ever do. Tracy’s in her 6th year at Living Art and couldn’t be happier to be working at a place where art feeds the soul and is seen as a part of everyday life and health. She considers the best part of the job to be holding a space where people can discover the power and practice of creativity.
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.
Maribeth Rothwell is a teacher, writer and river guide. She has inspired many in the Missoula community through her roles as a 6th grade teacher at Rattlesnake Middle School, a 2nd grade teacher at Rattlesnake Elementary and a drama coach with her husband at Hellgate High School until 2012. A retreat with Chloe Goodchild (The Naked Voice) in 2006 inspired a deepening practice with the nature of voice and its potential as a tool for strengthening self awareness and connection with others, as well as healing. Maribeth is currently working on a memoir.
Linds, a native Montanan, artist and proud owner of Ramble Journals- hand-bound leather journals sold to benefit the Rina Moog Scholarships-serves on the Educational Foundation scholarship committee and on the Be Here Now Sangha committee.
Passionate about: Serving as the X-ray to show people they do in fact have a "creative bone." Special skills: Saying yes! I've "yes"ed my way into teaching a girl scout troop how to kayak, being a fashion show model, piercing my nose, joining a Dragon Boat racing team,and giving mindfulness training talks. I look forward to seeing what I can happily say yes to on the board of Living Art! Things I say: "What's your highlight today?"
I'm a creative individual who loves connecting with people, nature and animals. I studied painting, poetry and contemporary art. I like to think I have a good sense of humor. I love to travel and explore.
Hidden talent: I can recognize actors and actresses from the smallest roles even if they've only been in commercials. Things I say: "Hit the nail on the hammer," "The whole ten yards," and "Kill a bird with two stones." Skills: Painter and idiom mixer-upper
Jack Shifflett is originally from Buffalo, New York. He was a "Writer in Residence" at the Just Buffalo Literary Center and received a Poetry Fellowship from the New York State Council on the Arts; he led writing workshops for the Mental Health Association and at the Education Intervention Program (at Buffalo State College), among other places. He has lived in Missoula since 2003 and is currently Programs Coordinator for NAMI Missoula.
Special skill: Oddly, I have no special talent; but the ordinary talents I have seem to be sufficient Why do you volunteer at Living Art? I love working with small groups and helping people express themselves through writing. Favorite quote: "Beauty will save the world." Dostoevsky
Bonnie, a graduate of Rhode Island School of Design, has been weaving since 1960. Inspired by ethnic textiles, color symbolism, and the non-verbal language of color woven as joyous prayer, Bonnie specializes in one-of-a-kind art cloth and private commissions. She operated her studio in Seattle from 1980 to 2010 before returning to Montana to continue her weaving journey. Bonnie’s work appears in homes and on bodies all over the world and she shares her love of weaving by presenting innovative workshops and lectures throughout the U.S. and Canada.
I was born, raised and educated here in Missoula. I graduated from the U of M with degrees in Art and Home Economics with an emphasis in teaching and design. Now that I am retired I can often be found running with scissors, carrying a cup of tea and laboring over organizing the supply room at the ZACC. I am very fortunate to be a volunteer in the Living Art of Montana program. My time teaching and hosting these workshops has been life changing. I have watched participants discover or rediscover their love of art. I have made new friends and I am surrounded by a group of strong, independent, witty and wise creative souls. The Living Art workroom is a happy place. I teach there, hopefully, to inspire, challenge, and motivate participants to continue to create. I hope to provide a laugh or smile and just provide a break in the day that is enjoyable.
Favorite quote: "There is nothing better than a friend, unless it is a friend with chocolate." Linda Grayson
Linda is a licensed Massage Therapist and studied at Humboldt State University. Her LindaLu Jewelry, original one of a kind designs made of pearls, semi-precious stones, sterling silver and gold fill, is sold coast to coast.