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Betty LaDuke: Celebrating Life
June 15, 2017-October 20, 2017

Opening Reception: June, 15, 2017; 5-7pm\

Paris Gibson Square Museum of Art is honored to host artist Betty LaDuke in this one woman retrospective exhibition, Celebrating Life.  LaDuke is a well-traveled and prolific artist who shares her appreciation for world cultures through her artwork.  Her wood panels are routed into interesting shapes that complement each work and are painted with colorful acrylic paints.  They will be up over the course of five months in three separate galleries and offer a comprehensive look at LaDuke’s work that spans over six decades.  LaDuke’s exhibition is sponsored by A Healthy Horizon in Great Falls, Montana.

Betty LaDuke is the child of immigrant parents and began creating art at the age of 8.  Over the decades she has continued to paint, draw and print make while seeking to bring awareness to social justice, female artists in Third World and the culture of agriculture.  She has traveled the globe and produced work that features individuals from Malaysia, Africa, Vietnam, California and Mexico, to name just a few.  This retrospective exhibition allows relatively isolated Montanans a rare opportunity to catch a glimpse of the world around them through the eyes of this artist. One her website, she shares the following summary:  "At the journey’s end, the challenge is to convert the essence of monetary events into archetypal images. Between myth and reality, my large acrylic paintings evolve slowly to reflect local traditions as well as common emotions and aspirations. My celebration is of life and our universal need for peace."

Ashleigh McCann: Where the Landscape Led Me
May 23, 2017-August 30, 2017

Opening Reception: May, 23, 2017; 5-7pm

Ashleigh McCann: Where the Landscape Led Me will be on view in the Mungus-Volk Gallery over the summer months at Paris Gibson Square Museum of Art.  This exhibition is a series of expressionist oil paintings and the culminating exhibition of McCann’s 2016-17 Artist in Residence (AIR) position.  As part of McCann’s residency, she has taught art classes with each art teacher, shared her talents with GFPS students throughout the school year and maintained a studio at The Square.  The AIR program is made possible by a partnership between The Square and the Great Falls Public School district.  

McCann is a native of Great Falls who earned her BFA in drawing and painting from BYU-Idaho in 2016.  Regarding this series of oil paintings the artist remarks:  I am captivated by the Western scenery as viewed from the passenger seat of the car. Watching the seemingly static and unmovable landscape shift into dynamic, changing planes has influenced this organic and movement-based imagery. I am interested in the small grasses that bend in the wind, and in the stones and mountains that seem to change when I move past them. Observing the landscape from a swiftly changing vantage point has given me time to reflect on being fluid, bendable, and non-rigid.

Please join us at The Square as we celebrate with an Opening Reception on Tuesday, May 23, 2017 from 5:00-7:00 P.M. Meet the artist and experience her works while enjoying complimentary beverages and appetizers.

VSA: Annual Arts Exhibition
June 6, 2017-July 28, 2017

Opening Reception: June 20, 2017; 11am-1pm

VSA, the international organization on arts and disability, was founded more than 35 years ago by Ambassador Jean Kennedy Smith to provide arts and education opportunities for people with disabilities and increase access to the arts for all. The Square’s annual VSA Art Exhibition will be on display beginning June 6, 2017 in the Wylder Gallery.  The exhibition will showcase the work of students with special needs engaged in classes at The Square, namely from the Easter Seals – Goodwill Adult Day Program. The annual VSA – Montana Arts Exhibition showcases the accomplishments of The Square’s student – artists with special needs over a year’s time. Students enrolled in special needs programs at The Square meet quarterly to engage in mixed media and ceramics based classes that continue to stir the imagination and uphold the intuitive art making process that these individuals are naturally gifted with.   Allowing students the freedom to use art as a means of self-expression, the VSA Montana Arts program at The Square focuses on the social, emotional and artistic well-being of each student served. Working with and getting to know this ever– evolving group of artists enriches the lives of those involved in the VSA experience.

This programming is made possible by the generous support of our members and supporters, with ongoing support from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Montana Arts Council and Cascade County.

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