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 and birthday gifts year-round
I love: Sci-fi, LEGOs, reading, hiking the 'M' with my kids, and travel
A Minnesota native, she earned a BFA, & worked in production pottery until the desire to make non-functional, large scale sculpture lured her west to get her MFA at WA State University. At Living Art since 2012, she says, "I'm thrilled to work at an organization that believes in the inherent value of creating with your hands and recognizes the relief and insight that creativity can bring to one’s life."
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.
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 has worked with Living Art of Montana in a variety of roles for over ten years and looks forward to continuing for another ten.
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
I'm originally from Kansas, and planted myself in Montana 6 years ago. I am passionate about the visual arts, specifically photography and paper cutting. I’m always game for new experiences and a good laugh.
Favorite quote: "Some side with the seeds, some side with the leaves." -Wilco
Thing I say: Takes as long as it takes
Skills: Photographer and fun-finder
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.