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VSA Montana Annual Arts Exhibition
May 23 - July 28, 2018
Please join us for an Opening Reception on Wednesday, May 23, from 1:00A.M. – 1:00 P.M.

VSA, the international organization on arts and disability, was founded more than 36 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 May 23, 2018 in the Dufresne/Cobb 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.

Image Credits Top Left to Right:
Christie Nelson, "Fireworks," 2018, acrylic
Renee Curtis, "Fireworks," 2018, acrylic
Clyde Baker, "Fireworks," 2018, acrylic
Bottom: Josh Kopp, "Outer Spaces," 2018, acrylic

Sound/Play: Sam Krahn

Sound/Play: Sam Krahn
May 31-July 28, 2018
Please join us for a Opening Reception on Friday, May 31, from 5-7pm.

Sound/Play: Sam Krahn will be on view in the Mungus-Volk Gallery late May through July at Paris Gibson Square Museum of Art this summer. This exhibition is a series of sound makers culminating in an exhibition of Krahn's 2017-18 Artist in Residence (AIR) position. As part of Krahn's residency, he has taught art classes with each art teacher, shared his 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.

Please join us at The Square as we celebrate with an Opening Reception on Friday, May 31, 2018 from 5:00-7:00 P.M. Meet the artist and experience his works while enjoying complimentary beverages and appetizers.

Here in This House: Courtney & Molly Blazon

Here in This House: Courtney & Molly Blazon
June 12 - October 5, 2018
Please join us for a Opening Reception on Tuesday, June 12, from 5-7pm.

Artist Courtney Blazon’s imagery takes us someplace between the known world and a dreamscape while her mother Molly’s 3-D creations leave the viewer in awe of both familiarities and oddities. In this one-of-a-kind exhibition, mother and daughter team up to create a reality firmly rooted in surrealism, magic and storytelling. Molly works with raku fired clay, doll faces, fabric and found objects to create haunting sculptures that are reflected in her daughter’s drawings. Details such as perfectly pleated skirts are paired with abstract bodies against multi- layered colorful drawings on Mylar that reveal the creatures’ existences. This marriage of naturalism and fantasy, old and new, imperfect and exquisite, leave one’s imagination left to wander through a unique narrative designed by Courtney & Molly Blazon in the Thayer Gallery at The Square. Molly is a self-taught artist and Courtney is an award winning Montana artist whose work has been exhibited at the Missoula Art Museum and is held in private collections.

Here in This House: Courtney & Molly Blazon

Sculptures from the Permanent Collection

Sculptures from the Permanent Collection
May 21 - August 8, 2018

Sculptures from Paris Gibson Square's Permanent Collection remain on exhibition through the summer of 2018. Fourteen diverse sculptures showcase a variety of mediums and techniques including: wood, metal, ceramic, found objects, concrete, steel, glass, plastic & bronze. Artists featured include Jay Schmidt, Richard Helzer, Patrick Zentz, Clarice Dreyer, Freeman Butts, Jack Fisher, Terry Carson, Dr. Charles Smith, Stephen Glueckert & Kendra McKlosky.

Whirling Willendorf, Steven Glueckert, 2013, mixed media
Untitled, Kendra McKlosky, 2012, mixed media
Little Bighorn Series: One, Patrick Zentz, 2002, mixed media

Image Credits Top Left to Right:
"Whirling Willendorf," Steven Glueckert, 2013, mixed media
"Untitled," Kendra McKlosky, 2012, mixed media
"Little Bighorn Series: One," Patrick Zentz, 2002, mixed media

Falcon's Eye:  Nature Photography by Michael Sample

Falcon's Eye: Nature Photography by Michael Sample
June 1 - September 1, 2018

The photographic work of Michael Sample (1947-2014) captures the essence of western wildlife and geography. Sponsored by: MAGDA

THE FALCON'S EYE: Nature Photographs by Michael Sample, sponsored by the Yellowstone Art Museum, is an exhibit by publisher, philanthropist, and family man, Michael S. Sample (1947-2014). He has long been familiar to Montana audiences and, for decades, beloved for his extraordinarily sensitive nature photography. The Falcon's Eye honors Sample's wealth of nature photographs that he recorded during his all-season outdoor adventures. Through his photography, Sample captured the essence of Western wildlife and geography while revealing his own adventurous yet quiet nature. The subjects of his work range from the sublime view of a single wildflower frozen in an early winter snow to an epic storm over the Rocky Mountains. In retrospect, this seems an analogy for the artist's life. The Falcon's Eye is a cross-section of Sample's finest work in full-color nature photography, newly and beautifully printed for exhibition.

Image Credit
"Apikuni Mountain," Michael Sample, 2013, photograph

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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