Back 40: Carpe Noctem

A poetical trip to the stars


Western Design: Mountain Zen

Streamlined and ethereal interior style redefine a Montana ski lodge

"Eternity" | Fran Switzer | Oil on Canvas | 24" x 48"

Letter from the Editor: Like an Open Road

Hit the open road and embrace the possibilities

Written by Seabring Davis  

Seabring Davis

Other Contributions

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 Summer Camp Perfect Harmony Winter Getaway: Red Lodge, Montana Beyond the Cabin A Fine Balance 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 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: Staying Power
July 2009

In parts of the Northern Rockies the road stretches out like an endless ribbon into the big empty beauty. It’s a landscape often dismissed for its austerity, but in fact, once it’s encountered, this openness is nothing short of inspirational. Like the fresh, blank canvas of a painter, it is full of possibility.

In subtle ways, the open road influences each of the artists featured in our annual tribute to the arts. Cowboy sculptor Dave Hodges draws on his ranch experiences to create models of wildlife with explosive gestures of the iconic West; Robert Moore’s mentoring brings out the sense of place in the paintings of Idaho artists Caleb Meyer, Robert Mensing and Francis Switzer; while wood carver Tom Dean captures the movements of aquatic life and trophy trout. Stuart Weber seeks out the sweet spot in historic theaters of the region with the strum of his classical guitar; Jackson, Wyoming’s Fall Arts Festival has celebrated the diversity of artists in the region for 25 years; in Yellowstone National Park private sector architects seek to save the artistry of architecture in public places; while the Western Sustainability Exchange unites chefs and farmers in a revival of the culinary arts. Each artist’s canvas is a different medium, but they all start with a blank form and add their own impressions: a gesture to bronze, a brushstroke of paint, a cut in the wood. One note in a room; one building for history; one table at a time. Like an open road, these artists fill the landscape with their own experiences and share it with us.

We hope you’ll seek out the incredible creative talent at the nearest art festival, gallery walk, landmark theater or farmer’s market this season. Hit the road and embrace the possibilities.