Arts 2016 Feature Articles



Corby Skinner

Written By Stella Fong       Photography By Anna Paige      

CORBY SKINNER IS A BIG SKY HUMANITARIAN for the humanities. For more than 30 years, Skinner has nurtured and nourished Montana’s creators of words, performers, sculptors, and painters.  He helped raise the curtains at the landmark Alberta Bair Theater in Billings, gave writers a venue with the Writer’s Voice, and honored authors through the High Plains BookFest and High Plains Book…

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The Tippet Rise Art Center

Written By Christene Meyers       Photography By Audrey Hall       Photography By Melanie Nashan      

THE 11,500-ACRE TIPPET RISE ART CENTER, built on a working ranch, is a concert hall and an outdoor sculpture garden. It’s also an environmental statement and an artful collaboration. But more than anything else, it’s a gift to the arts-loving public. Tippet Rise benefactors Peter and Cathy Halstead had a vision for a project that would merge landscape with the arts.…

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Freeze Frame: The Art of the Parks in 1916

Written By Dan Flores      

QUALITY TIME IN THE CHOICE WILD PLACES of the world, John Muir once said, doesn’t get subtracted from one’s allotted span. I hope he was right because in the past couple of years I’ve spent a lot of time in some of the famed crown jewel national parks. I’ve toured Arches in Utah for the first time in years, slogged through…

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Blackfoot Pathways: Sculpture in the Wild

Written By Gina Knudson       Photography By Ilona McCarty      

DRIVING INTO LINCOLN, MONTANA, it’s easy to overlook the art installation Blackfoot Pathways: Sculpture in the Wild. But if you mistake, as I did, that grove of ponderosa pine for just another bunch of tall trees, you will have passed by one of the most honest artistic depictions of inspiration and redemption the rural West has to offer.  Lincoln, just…

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In the Tradition of Charlie Russell

Written By Allen Morris Jones      

GREAT FALLS, MONTANA. At first glance, it could be most any small city in the West. Wheat farms and steak houses, strip malls and car lots. But as you pull into town from the west, Square Butte hazy in the distance, the landscape feels … familiar. Hard to put your finger on it. But then maybe the clouds shift a…

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A Reminder of Nature’s Wildness

Written By Michele Corriel      

JERRY LOCATI ASSEMBLES AND REASSEMBLES the light and the dark, the details of line and the soft winding curve. With his graphite drawings he lets loose an interior freedom defined by containment and felt through the oncoming hooves of bison or the gathering of elk.  Known for his architecture, Locati has found a different kind of creative expression through his drawings,…

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Artists in Paradise

By Darla Worden       Photography By David Agnello      

“The purpose of art is washing the dust of dailylife off our souls.”       —Pablo Picasso ED RIDDELL, A RECENT GRADUATE from Stanford University, was walking to his job at an advertising agency in San Francisco when a man stopped him for directions. After providing the directions, Ed asked, “Where are you from?”  “Someplace you’ve probably never heard of…

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Julie T. Chapman

Written By Gwen Florio      

WESTERN WILDLIFE ART CAN HAVE a schizophrenic quality. Some is sentimental. A sunlit doe and fawns in a sepia-toned clearing. A black bear gamboling with her adorable cubs. You almost want to pet them. Others are all snarl and snap. Imagine the grizzly in The Revenant frozen in mid-charge, incisors and claws filling the foreground. Or Charlie Russell’s wolf pack slashing…

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