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Western Focus: Living With What You Love

Design Associates in Bozeman, Montana

"Corralled" | T. Allen Lawson | Oil on Linen | 25" x 25"

Letter from the Editor: A Tradition of Talent

It’s not often that so much talent can be folded into the pages of a single issue

Written by Seabring Davis  

Seabring Davis

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Summer Camp Perfect Harmony Winter Getaway: Red Lodge, Montana Beyond the Cabin A Fine Balance Good Country Authentically Western A Home for the Ages Where the Living is Easy Music in the Mountains The Flight of the Hummingbird Living the Dream Integrating Nature Mountain Exposure Eclectic Parkitecture Uniting Color Historic Symmetry The Year Of The Horse A Yellowstone Club Retreat Hearth and Soul Building a Timeless Legacy An Uncommon Cabin in the Woods Timeless Fusion Mountain Tradition A Modern Vision Dining Out: Lone Mountain Ranch Serves Up a Sense of Place Western Design: Uniquely Rustic Western Design: JLF & Associates Letter from the Editor: Season of Possibility Dining Out: A Montana Tradition, Chico Hot Springs Letter from the Editor: Design Trends Dining Out: The Ranch at Rock Creek Redefines Montana Cuisine Dining Out: Seasonal Bliss Western Design: Refined Rustic Letter from the Editor: Winter Wave Letter from the Editor: Blending Seasons Western Design: A New Mountain Lodge Western Design: Historic Haven Western Design: In the Studio with the Viers Western Focus: Classic Connection: Miller Architects Western Design: Reviving the Barn From the Editor: Seasons of Simplicity Dining Out: Innovation Meets Tradition at Bisl Letter from the Editor: What is art? Dining Out: Holland Lake Lodge, Rustic Wonderful Letter from the Editor: The Secret Weapon Letter from the Editor: Fly Fishing for the Greater Good Western Design: Mountain Zen Western Design: Creekside Contemporary Living Big Sky on HGTV The Spirit of the West in Jackson, Wyoming Letter from the Editor: First Snow Dining Out: The Old Hotel Letter from the Editor: Signs of Summer Letter from the Editor: The Angler’s Sojourn Dining Out: Simply Good Food From the Editor: Hit the Road Making a Statement: Miller Architects Letter from the Editor: Winter’s Toll Letter from the Editor: Evolving Home Dining Out: Comfort Food Western Design: Cowboy Modern Western Design: The Idaho Club Letter from the Editor: Talking Art Dining Out: Conserving Montana One Table at a Time Dining Out: Cosmopolitan Cuisine at TEN Dining Out: Ranch to Restaurant Letter from the Editor: Waiting for Summer Letter from the Editor: Arts Economy Letter from the Editor: First Frost Letter from the Editor: Why Art? Letter from the Editor: Up Close and Personal Letter from the Editor: A Tradition of Talent Letter from the Editor: Winter Reflection Dining Out: The Taste of Whitefish Letter from the Editor: How Big is Your Bucket Letter from the Editor: Falling Short Western Design: Rustic Allure Dining Out: Fish Food Western Design: In the Studio with Painter Hugh Wilson Western Design: Home Base From the Editor Dining Out: Tradition, with a Twist Letter from the Editor: I Know Where the Fish Are Letter from the Editor: Big Sky Country Letter from the Editor: Forging Ahead Dining Out: Barn Dance Letter from the Editor: Like an Open Road Letter from the Editor: The Language of Fishing Letter from the Editor: Cast Again Editor’s Letter: The Passing Season Dining Out: Saffron Table Letter from the Editor: Staying Power
July 2014


In this year’s Arts issue, I’m humbled to feature these artists all under one cover: Kevin Red Star, Ted Waddell, Jim Wilcox, T. Allen Lawson, Jessica Zemsky and Jack Hines. It’s not often that so much talent can be folded into the pages of a single issue. The longevity of each artist’s career gives credence to the tradition of celebrating visual art in the Northern Rockies.

Without question, there are many other talented painters, photographers and writers who build each issue (and so many others yet to be featured), but those mentioned above have been at it a while. They’ve resolutely given other artists a career road to travel. Nonagenarians Zemsky and Hines (“A Well-Curated Life") embody this most, with decades spent painting, teaching workshops and helping to found the Northwest Rendezvous of Art. Wyoming landscape artist Jim Wilcox is best known for capturing the awesome Teton Mountains with a deft hand (“Teton Lessons”). Montana artist Kevin Red Star was one of the first classes of artists to graduate from the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico, (“Kevin Red Star: Crow Indian Artist”) and with that experience forged a tradition of Modernism that tells the stories of his people. 

Pushing the boundaries of what we see, the photo collage work of Jean Arbus (“The Symbolism of Jean Arbus”) marks our vision with a haunting sense of reality, while painter Rob Akey infuses common scenes with uncommon form. Sculptor Josh Tobey reshapes wildlife art with his unique patina and Colt Idol splashes color where we least expect it (“Ones to Watch”)

From the Realism of T. Allen Lawson’s newest works (“Celebrating the Sentient Beauty of the Animal World”) to the visceral texture of Ted Waddell’s reinterpreted landscapes (“The Expressionism of Theodore Waddell”), this issue is filled with extraordinary perspectives on everyday life in the Northern Rockies. This is an issue worth keeping as it chronicles art of the West and the people who ground that beautiful tradition.


In Memorandum

Bozeman, Montana, architect Brian H. Brothers has been featured several times in the pages of this magazine. He was a strong community member with a sensitive design approach that always took the Montana landscape into respectful consideration. He partnered with Big Timberworks to create a unique blend of Modernist and traditional style. He will be greatly missed. Brian is survived by his wife of almost 26 years, Andrea; his daughter AndeeLyn (25); his son Qwinton (22); and his daughter Ella (19).