Do you like museums? I do. And guess what? So does #1 Son. Having him home has brought many blessings, and one of them is having a museum buddy! This post will share one of the two institutions that we patronized in September - the Hockaday Museum of Art.
As with many museums, the exhibits change regularly. At the time of our visit, the main level galleries housed A Timeless Legacy: Women Artists of Glacier National Park, showcasing the work of contemporary artists working in or near Glacier Park.
"The American Bison is an icon of strength and resilience. When deep snow blankets the plains, bison use their large, powerful heads much like a plow pushing accumulation aside to forage for food. These deep pathways create passageways for many other hoofed wildlife. Bitter winds and record low temperatures sweep across the plains and yet the bison remains. As the world faces challenges, we can look to wildlife such as the American Bison for hope and encouragement." (description next to this piece)
Taking pictures in a museum can be challenging; typically, the ones that allow photography request no flash. Reflections on the glass over the artwork obscure parts of the piece. You get it. So I apologize if some of these photos seem to be at an odd angle, etc.
McLaughlin attended Flathead High School in Kalispell, which has several works by her in its library. She studied art at Montana State University, and was married to artist Ace Powell 1952 - 1965, with whom she ran a gallery in Hungry Horse, Montana. After a lifetime of painting Montana and its residents, Nancy spent her last years in Newport, Washington.
Echo Ukrainetz is a native Montanan artist, specializing in the fine art of batik. She has never taken classes in batik and has learned through trial and error. Her preferred subject matter is drawn from history and the beauty of the state of Montana. She often uses historical photographs because they evoke emotion and are an excellent historical record of a changing world.
While most of the female artists in the exhibit specialized in drawing and painting, the space contained a few ceramic pieces by Rebecca Tobey. An American artist from Santa Fe, New Mexico, Rebecca creates ceramic, brass and patina animal sculptures in both modern and abstract styles. As a teenager, she was told by an art teacher that neither her talent or her skills were good enough for art and to choose another major. Aren't you glad she didn't listen? Her sculptures have been commissioned for public and private collections in the US and internationally, including a six-foot-tall bronze grizzly bear at Western State College in Gunnison, Colorado, and 15-foot-tall bear at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. The piece in the collage below, Along the Highline Trail, was #1 Son's favorite work in this exhibit.
I was struck by several observations about the cuadros: first, they are three-dimensional. Fruits and vegetables have shape and volume. Women's skirts flare out. Second, the level of detail is infinitesimal. Take a close look at the Huascaran cuadro (second collage below). Can you imagine appliqueing all those potatoes onto it? Third: the familiarity of the local scenes - re-creating what they know. It gives the rest of us such a unique window into their world.
A perfect example is the cuadro below - Chocolatada. Christmas hot chocolate is a unique tradition that involves handing out home-made hot chocolate, Paneton or sweet breads, and small gifts to children in schools, churches and communities in Peru. Celebrated throughout the country during the month of December, this event is even more popular in the smallest and poorest Andean communities, where the main goal is to bring great joy to the children and their parents.
Many of the cuadros had personal narratives, especially those created in response to the prompts by Dr. Davis, such as "Who Am I?" As we read them, #1 Son and I reflected on themes that would resonate anywhere in the world: the hope for a better world for their children, belief in hard work, a prayer for the safety for spouses and other members of the family, simple enjoyment of the traditions of their culture, reliance on Mother Nature for the harvest, faith in God. It's a pointed reminder to all of us that we may have our differences, but so much of our hearts' desires are EXACTLY the same!
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