I'm a native Montanan with a degree in Communication Studies from the University of Montana. I've enjoyed working in the non-profit world, as well as the brink gallery here in Missoula for the last several years. Living Art allows me to blend my love for art with my desire to help others and do meaningful work.
Things I say: Oh my word!/OMW!
Skills: writer, lost item finder, uncanny knack for remembering people's names whom I've only met once, gift-giving - I buy Christmas gifts year-round
I love: Sci-fi, LEGOs, reading, hiking the 'M' with my kids, and travel
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: 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!
Superpower: I’m told I’m a “super connector.” I analyze info & find meaningful connections.
Amy is the founder of Studio Verde Creative, a full-service creative agency specializing in shaping and sharing stories through branding, graphic design, and website design & development.
A graduate of Leadership Montana, Amy serves on the Missoula Alumni Committee, is a founding board member of the Red Ants Pants Foundation, and serves on the board of directors of Garden City Harvest.
Amy celebrated living two years cancer-FREE in September 2017 and continues to celebrate every day. She is an ambassador for the American Cancer Society - Cancer Action Network, and is committed to helping improve health outcomes through building resiliency. She is a member of the Silver Lining Foundation, dedicated to supporting women following diagnosis and treatment of cancer, primarily through Dragon Boat racing.
Favorite workshop at Living Art: All of them.
Elizabeth is a designer, artist, entrepreneur, teacher and mother to three amazing boys. You can find her Silver Moon Studios jewelry at Rockin’ Rudy’s.
A few years ago, her son Owen had several major surgeries. During his long recovery he started folding origami cranes. As he folded the cranes she made them into decorations. She says, “It is in my SOUL to add beads to everything!” As his recovery continued over the span of two years, so did their crane creations. Owen is in college now, but he is still folding cranes! Elizabeth continues to string and hang them at several locations around Missoula as well as at Living Art events to help make people aware of the services we provide and to raise funds to support our programs.
Holly is a photographer, writer, painter, and nature lover. She is also the founder of Rolling Stones Designs and Holly Tripp Photography; two creative businesses that mirror her passion for all of life.
Access to the free LA workshops have been intrinsic to the increase in my quality of life. I'm not sure when or how it happened, but over a period of time, art was the vehicle that transformed me from a state of total despair. Art reconnected me to myself, gave me hope and opened up an entirely new world. With each ending there is the hope of a new season and a new beginning. Art unearthed, reshaped and rewired a part of me that I thought was gone forever.
Favorite book: Indian Creek Chronicles by Pete Fromm
Quote: “The further I wake into this life, the more I realize that God is everywhere and the extraordinary is waiting quietly beneath the skin of all that is ordinary. Light is in both the broken bottle and the diamond, and music is in both the flowing violin and the water dripping from the drainage pipe. Yes, God is under the porch as well as on top of the mountain, and joy is in both the front row and the bleachers, if we are willing to be where we are.” ~Mark Nepo
Hobbies: Hiking, Art, Music, Birding, Photography, Nature.