Dry Hills Distillery FEBRUARY Sip and Paint Night Out!

Join us for the best cocktails in town paired with a fun night out painting!

No experience necessary!

$45 per person includes all painting supplies and your first cocktail of choice is on us.

You’ll be guided step by step to create your very own masterpiece on stretched canvas.  Bring a friend, make it a date night, or come out to enjoy some new friends and quiet creative time!

First Thursday of the month, book early!  There is limited space and these classes fill up fast!

 

Hope to see you soon at Dry Hills!

Sign up!  Call Dry Hills @ 406-624-6713 or email info@dryhillsdistillery.com

Sip and Paint at MAP Brewing December/Holiday fun!

 

Join me for an evening sipping amazing MAP beer while I guide you to create your very own masterpiece.

NO experience necessary (really)!

Your first beer is on us!

$45 per person

Sign up early, this class sells out VERY fast!

 

Online ticket sales for this event are closed.

Sip and Paint at MAP Brewery, October Class! SOLD OUT!

Join me for an evening sipping amazing MAP beer while I guide you to create your very own masterpiece.

NO experience necessary (really)!

Your first beer is on us!

$45 per person

Sign up early, this class sells out VERY fast!

Online ticket sales for this event are closed.

PIR Art Day October 2, 2017!

Art PIR Day!!

Join me in my studio and the surrounding area (walking distance) for a day full of art-making!!

Age 6 and up!

8 person MAX

We will be working with a variety of high quality art materials and following the interests of the group in regards to art media.

I will bring a healthy snack for the group!

 

Please bring the following:

  • jacket
  • walking shoes
  • lunch
  • water bottle

 

Online ticket sales for this event are closed.

Sip and Paint at MAP Brewery

MAP+ART NIGHT OUT!

Join us for an evening sipping amazing MAP beer while I guide you to create your very own masterpiece.

No experience necessary.  Age 21+

Your first beer is on us!

 

Sign up early to reserve your spot in class!

Online ticket sales for this event are closed.

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New ART Monday!

“If you have good thoughts, they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.”  -Ronald Dahl

Another FULL week!

The grass is greener, the trees are sprouting!  We are all celebrating the start of a beautiful, warm, spring in Bozeman, MT!  🙂 🙂 🙂  I can’t wait to get outside to paint!  I am almost set-up, so expect some paintings en plein air next blog!

This past week I started a few new paintings, finished one Monument, and had a great time collaborating with students at Hawthorne Elementary to paint their Cornhole boards for the Celebration of the Arts!  To top the week off, we had a sun-filled class at Dry Hills Distilleries’ Sip and Paint night (call them to sign up for our next one on June 1st)!

 

Enjoy the gallery!

Don’t forget to get your mini-artists signed up for summer camp!

Until next week!

A

 

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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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If “Fine Art” sounds stuffy, keep reading…

“We were all born artists, the trick, is to continue to be one when we grow up.”  Pablo Picasso

history of art

Beware of history and word origins, you might learn something!

Our current definition of art is based on a Eurocentric view. “The modern use of art is derived from the 18th century philosophy of fine art and its focus on artworks that were largely created for wealthy elite, mainly the church and court (Brown and Dissanayaka).” Thus, “fine art” came to be known as an elite process whose product could only be obtained by a small percentage of the population. This is why we have a tiered view of the arts today.

Art is intertwined with all of life (can you FEEL my excitement?!).

Prior to this art worldview, most cultures did not have a specific word for art. This was not because art was unimportant. In fact, the opposite is true; art was so incredibly important in early traditions that it was a part of each person’s daily lives and every important ritual and ceremony. Art did not need a separate term; it was intertwined with all of life. Dance, music, and imagery were not separated; they were of supreme importance in all aspects of the life cycle; birth to death.

Have you ever been to a gallery/opening/studio and felt insecure talking about art?

This European distinction has led to the weight that we feel with the terms art and artist today. Additionally, this piece of history is directly related to why we have a tendency to rank the arts for legitimacy and power with one another.

Hey, YOU are an artist!  Yup, you, I promise.

I truly believe we all have a visual language that we are all born artists, the trick, as Pablo Picasso famously stated, it to continue to be one when we grow up. We need desperately to reclaim our creative selves, to be kind to that intrinsic creative nature, and to nurture the creativity in others. In re-validating the arts, we must see it as a beautiful beneficial thing as well as an important subject for increased knowledge of self and life.

Over the next few weeks, my blog will get you primed for amazing art-conversations at your next dinner party!

1. How we “see,” body vs brain

2. How we validate what we see

3. How to confidently share YOUR opinions about artwork

and

4. The tricky situation that “fine art” has gotten us into today.

And we’ll chat about a few of the wild and crazy artists throughout art history so you have a brief idea of what they were trying to do with all of those dots, lines, squares and what not.

Stay tuned!