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Sip and Paint with me TOMORROW (Wednesday) night!

SIP AND PAINT!

“If you hear a voice within you say, ‘You cannot paint,’ then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.”  Vincent Van Gogh

Dark, cold winter is the perfect time to eat good food, sip great drink, and fuel your creative self.  If you’re stressed, busy, overwhelmed…trust me, there is power (and a breath of fresh air) in a few hours set aside to paint.

No experience necessary.Take this time for yourself.

ALL INCLUSIVE!~

$40

  1. Drinks
  2. Food
  3. Painting Supplies
  4. Canvas

CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS

 

 

 

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Art Monday!

NEW GALLERY!

An online gallery showcasing paintings both current and from the past.

If you want to see a large body of my artwork in one place, this is it!

 

mcgree art gallery

In progress now…I have many more images to upload, many more paintings to paint.

WHERE?!

 Follow me on Instagram (McGree Art Gallery) to see all of my original paintings.

 

I’ve been painting my entire life.

However, in the past 20 years I have followed art and painting as my passion and profession.  Learning and growing from each and every artwork, every brushstroke tells a mini story of my life.

Looking at them in one place is like looking through an old photo book of memories.

Some good, some shades of darker, some elated moments full of energy (and color).

Join me for a little trek down memory lane and check it out.  Comment on the pieces, share your thoughts, and reflections.  I’d love to hear.

In my paintings… Look for the seasons of my art world. 🙂

  • My obsession with light and reflections that started at Gonzaga University (and shows up in many, MANY, spittoon and motor paintings).
  • My love for Montana and the great outdoors, ESPECIALLY changing weather and seasons.
  • My years as a raft guide and ski instructor on the Gallatin River and in Big Sky, MT.
  • My adoration for sky, weather, clouds and big open spaces
  • Storms.  Because life isn’t always calm and pretty.
  • Mixed in with the easy beauty of simple flowers
  • And then, my more recent study of the inner landscape leaning toward abstraction.

All of these paintings are me.  A piece of me, a moment in time that was celebrated (or gotten through) via paint and a brush.

Pretty amazing to have my story documented in paint.  🙂

Thanks for being here art-loving friends!

Until next week!

xo.

A

 

“Be not afraid of growing slowly;

Be afraid only of standing still.”

Chinese Proverb

 

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New ART MONDAY!

“What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others.”  -Pericles

 

What a busy week!

New brushstrokes, new art lessons, LOTS going on!

Let’s begin with my own art practice this past week.  I continue to contemplate Monuments and how I want to represent them, how I feel about them.

It’s tricky because I don’t want to JUST paint what I see.  I’m striving to share the soul of the place with you, the viewer.  These Monuments are beautifully warm and energetic landscapes…the dance between them, my brush, and your eyes captures my heart and attention.

We’ll see what happens as this series progresses…  I am grateful to have this time at my easel.    

So many AWESOME Artists the past week allowed me to be their Art Guide!

  • We painted our fur family members at Paw-Casso (hosted by Dee-O-Gee) on Wednesday!  At each class, I have adults come to paint despite what their nerves might be telling them.  They are uncomfortable…and they show up anyways.  There is so much to be learned on the other side of fear.  Cheers to everyone who took the risk and created with me!
  • Mini-Artist’s created landscapes with layers of color, pattern, and repetition at Great Beginnings Montessori on Tuesday!  These kids will try anything, and they are immersed in the present.  I love teaching them and seeing their creativity explode and grow!
  • Collaborative Art Projects are one of my favorite processes!  Watching, and helping, a group work toward a singular artwork is absolutly inspiring.  We are better together!  They learn and grow so much from one another. This week, we painted a vibrant landscape full of jumping trout and blue waters…on a saw!

Another amazing week filled with my own art and sharing art with some amazing people!

This week!

Join me at Dry Hills Distillery for Sip and Paint night this coming Thursday night (May 4th).  
More cool collaborative art projects coming up at Hawthorne Elementary School before the end of the year!

Whatever you can do to create this week…cook, dance, paint…just get out and do it.  You’ll thank yourself afterwards.

Until next week!

Don’t forget to sign up for my Newsletter (once a month updates) and follow me on Facebook, Instagram, and Patron too!

-A

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Contemplating Monuments, New Work Monday!

Contemplating Monuments

“Go outside…amidst the simple beauty of nature…and know that as long as places like this exist, there will be comfort for every sorrow, whatever the circumstances may be.”  Anne Frank

My life has been a whirlwind of teaching, traveling, and art-business these last few weeks.  But I have finally found my way back to the easel.  Not nearly enough hours with paintbrush in hand, YET!  But space, time, and contemplation are a part of the painting journey.

What is a MONUMENT?!

 

Photo Credit to Blair Speed

 

I often need Webster’s help to dig up a simple definition…this one was illuminating for me.  Watching the sunset on these amazing sand structures has a mightiness that takes your breath away.  You can’t help but feel connected to both the land and the beautiful calmness that occurs when you’re in the presence of something bigger than you…something absolutly magical.  Peace through nature.  Everything is relative.  Get Outside! 🙂

A monument can be built by man, or nature.  Either way, it is a reflection of the past.  Both a gravestone and a powerful site like Monument Valley (that took nature 300 million years to create) highlight the steps it took to exist in a present moment of celebration.

Celebrating the lives that are no longer with us, and the ultimate power of nature over time.

In our culture of instant gratification, we oftentimes forget to give space to the slow and methodical.  Some things simply take TIME.  The importance of the slow and continuous work of sand, erosion, water, and weather is literally what MADE these amazing Monuments.

Paintings take time

Decisions take time

Grief takes time

Change takes time

Rivers take time

Healing takes time

Goals take time

 

May we all remember to give ourselves more time, more patience, more recovery while knowing that the beautiful Monument is on the other side.

ANYTHING is possible.  One step at a time.

Contemplating great people among the Monuments.

“Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people will not feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone, and as we let our light shine, we unconsciously give others permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” Marianne Williamson

I am inspired by the entirety of life, therefore so are my paintings.  People, places, time, weather, movement, music; there is glowing inspiration in everyone and in everything.

Sit in the quiet and find your own way to shine.  Shine in a way that only you can.

Cheers to whatever that means for you!

For me, I’m off to paint (and to continue to contemplate MONUMENTS)!!

If you want a little more information about the formation of Monuments like those at Monument Valley, click here for a short video. 

Shine on,

A

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Quick DIY art-hanging tricks!

Quick DIY art-hanging tricks!

Spring is in the air!  Get ready to freshen up your spaces with new color, new art, or a simple re-arrangement.

On a budget?!  

Take a look at my artwork and browse the work of MANY additional artists for great prices, high quality prints, and a satisfaction guarantee.

http://www.imagekind.com/art/stunning/mcgree/artwork-on/fine-art-prints

What is the best way to position my art?

Measure the amount of wall space you have to work with and work out your arrangement on the floor. Don’t forget to include lamps and wall sconces into your arrangement.

Is my art going to be too big, too small??

Consider proper scale when decorating your walls. Support large furniture with large wall hangings and small furniture with small wall hangings.

How high should I hang art?

When hanging pictures above furniture the general rule is between 6 and 8 inches. If your art is not going to be above furniture, hang your pictures at average eye-level.

Happy decorating!

xo

A

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Let’s have an ART PARTY!

Did you know that I teach a variety of private and group art lessons?!  🙂

And!

TRAVELING ART PARTIES

Off site private events can be booked ANYTIME!

Grab your favorite people, some food, a drink of your choosing…and prepare for a great time!

The painting time is approximately two hours of art-making fun. 

NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY!

I will arrive early to set up and help with the painting clean up.
– You choose the painting!  If you need help with inspiration, I would be happy to send you ideas.

– There is a 10 painter minimum to come to you.
– The cost is $35 per adult painter (15+), $30 per student artist (under 15) and includes all materials- a canvas, paints, brushes, etc.

 

Outside of Bozeman?!  I can come to you! 
– There is a $150 travel/set up fee for travel anywhere more than 30 miles from my studio in Bozeman. This also includes set up for art materials- paper for your tables, water cups, napkins, and easels and aprons.

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Walls Crave Color Too

The sun is out, days are longer, and color is returning to our lives!  What a fresh breath of air.

Out with the old, bring on the NEW!

Update your walls or office with a custom mural, painting, or print.

Wild or calm, large or small…

Nursery, hallway, or kitchen…let me help bring art into your world!

Check out the gallery above for 11 ideas ranging from classroom collaborations, home decor, color at your place of business, and art in original places.

Are you an interior designer?!  Contact me, I’d LOVE to work with you!

Interested in a creative upgrade?!  Comment here or message me for a free 15min consultation including a zero commitment art estimate.

 

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Spotlight! Artist in Residence information!

Art is important, for so many reasons.  

Are you looking for more art in your life, or in are schools??  Read more to learn about the variety of residencies I provide.

The arts help to expand cognitive abilities and develop creative thinking skills at a young age that will carry over through the process of education and into adulthood.  Creative problem solvers will be the next engineers, entrepreneurs, and innovative individuals.  We must train our students to succeed in education.  This means teaching to all of the various intelligences and allowing the most authentic voice of each individual to be heard.  Everything is possible in our lives, and art showcases the bewilderment of the great unknown more than any other subject matter.

School Art Programs

Montana Artist in Residence MT State info

As a Montana State Certified K-12 Art Educator, the possibilities of school residencies are endless!  I have taught year-long drawing classes, collaborated with entire schools to create murals, connected art projects to a local gallery, art history, and national exhibits in addition to having a great amount of practice creating specialized projects.  I have experience combining technology with education, and I have taught art to a K-grey audience.  I would love to connect art to your current school curriculum and standards or design an independent project specific to your needs.  Though my personal love is paint, I teach a variety of media.  Please contact me for questions, a list of project ideas, or for a referral from one of my current residencies.

Arts Standards according to grade level: http://opi.mt.gov/pdf/Standards/16ArtsStandardsGradebyGrade.pdf

$60/hour

.56 cents per mile

Supply fee depending on lesson

Grant Funds are available

 

Residencies (references available upon request).

Butte Central Schools, Butte, MT

Great Beginning Montessori, Bozeman, MT

Hawthorne Elementary School, Bozeman, MT

Emily Dickenson Elementary School, Bozeman, MT

Belgrade Intermediate Schools, Belgrade, MT

Hawthorne Elementary School, Helena, MT

Hylight Elementary School, Bozeman, MT

Lamotte Elementary school, Bear canyon, Mt


Healing Art Programs

Arts and Healthcare Residencies

I offer a variety of art-making offerings depending on populations as well as their goals, needs and abilities.  Focus will be on art as a process of self-discovery, fun, and practice.  I work with therapists and other professionals as the “art guide on the side” helping to use art to heal and bring about happiness.

All ages and abilities welcome.  Can’t visit my studio?  I can travel to you.  Contact me for more details.

$60/hour

.56 cents per mile

Supply fee depending on lesson

Grant Funds are available

 

Additional in- house or PIR day residencies are available for teachers as well as other populations.  

The options are endless, let me design a program that works for you.

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Perception and Layers.

I am drawn to atmosphere and layers…in artwork, and in life.  

Layers of questions, layers of color…overlapping and flowing together to create space.

I am drawn to improvement of myself, my art, my everything.  At times, it’s exhausting.

On this Monday, I feel like I’m circling around a few messages and themes that the universe keeps bringing to my attention.

Fear

Doubt

Faith

Change

Openness

Potential

Purpose

Belief

As with all learning and growth, seeking deeper understanding whenever I can is damn uncomfortable.  It’s a dance of sorts, two steps forward and one step back.  Slow down to move fast.

I believe in the “impossible.”  I believe that the universe has our back and that limits are BS.  But I crave these beautiful words by Tony Robbins to support that theory.

“Create a vision and never let the limits of what has been done in the past shape your decisions. Ignore conventional wisdom.”  Tony Robbins

Feed your Fear or Feed your Faith

I believe we all have a choice continuously throughout our day.  Faith or  Fear.  I also believe that this work, is hard freaking work.

“If trust is a garden of paradise, then doubt is the weed. So how do you water your Faith when doubt-creep is inevitable? With a lot of really hard work. Unceasing, daily doubt-whacking. Faith works up a sweat. She is anything but passive.”  Danielle LaPorte

In the end, it is a choice we (I) need to make again and again.  Strengthening the pathways that lead to connection, faith, love, belief.

Feed the good.

My heart is drawn to paint.

Painting has always been akin to ice water on a hot summers day.

Soothing, satisfying and absolutly fulfilling.

So today, I will follow my bliss and head toward the paint.

xo-A

 

Layers of Atmosphere in oil paint on display at the Holter Museum of Art now through the end of February.  

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2017. Believe.

Happy Happy NEW YEAR friends!

I promise to send out a newsletter this week with more information (make sure you’re signed up)!

For now, a quick blog of exciting events starting this year off right.

“Believe in the possibilities you can’t yet see…”

December was wild!  Busily trying to make sure stores were stocked, my studio was ready for its inaugural art tour,  2017 calendars were out, art was up online and in stores…I was running so fast I lost track of my sense of BELIEF.  Belief that I was moving forward (and not in seriously fast circles), in the “right” direction and that sometimes the most important progress is slow and steady.

So I’ve been doing some dreaming and scheming (thanks to Molly at Stratejoy, look it up if your soul is searching for some direction.  This is my second year in her HOCO (Holiday Council) and I LOVE this process).  #hoco2016

My plans for 2017 are bold, brave, beautiful, patient, present, and heating up nicely. 🙂    

Exciting news already!

  1.  I was signed by an amazingly spunky and vivacious new(ish) gallery in Downtown Bozeman, Style a. 

It was love at first sight… bold, wild patterns, enormous artwork and the color!  WOW.  

Plus they feel like a great fit.  I’m thrilled.  Pop in and say hello.

Here are few of my paintings looking much more hip than I ever will. 🙂

2.  Re-commitment to goals for myself, my business, my studio, life…don’t downgrade your goals, upgrade your conviction… noted.

My online website/store is being upgraded NOW.  Head over to www.allisonmcgree.com and let me know what you think in the comments!

I would LOVE to hear what YOU want to see.  Truly.

3). I had an AMAZING holiday.   The Bozeman Open Studio tour was a fun (and snowy) few days.  I enjoyed having so many friends and family visit my little world of color.  Keep your eyes peeled for the next one!

4)  Growing up in Helena, MT I have always been in love with the Holter Art Museum.  January 1st marked an exciting date for me as an artist.  I am now showing at the HOLTER. 🙂

Stop by to see 20 paintings anytime between January1st and the end of February.    Opening reception Friday 2/3/17 5-8pm.

5) I’m (FINALLY) able to spend some time dipping into oil paint again.  And.

If you can imagine a full body breath released into utter bliss… or, a cool dip in a lake during the heat of the summer.  THAT is how I feel.  I’m ready to see what 2017 has in store for me.

THANK YOU for being on this journey with me.  I’ll hope to see you in my art world soon.

For now, if you’re stuck or frustrated, or overwhelmed…keep moving one foot in front of the other.  There most definitely is a sunny side. 🙂

xo-A