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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.

Great Falls Public Schools Student Exhibition
April 13, 2017-May 29, 2017

Paris Gibson Square is delighted to once again host the Annual GFPS Art Students Exhibition!  Please mark your calendars and attend the opening reception on Thursday, April 20 from 4:30-6:30 P.M. 

The Square will present the 10th annual Zach Culliton Merit of Distinction award to student Dixie Ryan at the reception that honors Zach’s memory and his spirit.  We invite the public to attend the reception, ceremony and to celebrate the art created in the GFPS classrooms with us on this special occasion.

Neil Chaput de Saintonge and Keith Graham:
Chasing Time:
Montana's One-Room Schools sponsored by MAGDA
April 15, 2017-June 1, 2017

There are fewer than two hundred one-room schools in all of the US; Montana is home to approximately sixty of them.  Neil Chaput de Saintonge and Keith Graham have travelled to over 20 of these schools to document the teachers, students and places. Their photo-essay depicts the story of the one room school in rural America. Though the collection of photographs depicts various schools in different towns across Montana they share similarities and begin to tell a singular narrative.

This exhibition of 25 photographs, curated from more than 150 images, focuses on the daily activities of class work and the intimate bond between these dedicated teachers and their pupils. Also included are images of the school houses which puts into perspective the geographic isolation and uniquely Montanan landscape.

Neil Chaput de Saintonge founded Rocky Mountain School of Photography with his wife Jeanne in Missoula in 1989.  He has been teaching photography for over 40 years.

Keith Graham is Associate Professor of photojournalism at The University of Montana’s School of Journalism.

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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