GREAT FALLS — Nicole Evans, curator of art at the Paris Gibson Square Museum of Art, visited KRTV to talk about several current exhibitions.
From the Paris Gibson Square website:
VSA Montana - Arts Annual Exhibition: From My Perspective - through November 30. This VSA Montana – Arts Annual Exhibition showcases the accomplishments of The Square’s adult 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.
Jerry Rankin: Golden Sunlight - through December 15. Rankin is one of Montana’s most significant living artists. He was mentored by two of the titans in Montana’s early modernist art movement, Rudy Autio and Robert DeWeese. Rankin earned his MFA in printmaking from UM in 1972 before pursuing postgraduate work at Montana State University, studying primarily printmaking, painting and sculpture. His career as an art teacher and professor began in Alaska in 1964, before returning to MT to teach in the Great Falls school system.
Dana Berardinis: Forgotten Lands - through January 16. Wetlands are considered the in-between world of both terrestrial and aquatic habitats and are among the largest, most diverse ecosystems in the world. They act as a kidney to the earth by filtering out excessive nutrients, debris, and toxins from nearby run off. Wetlands maintain the balance of hydrology to the land while providing homes to a multitude of plant and animal species.
James Todd: Looney Toones - through January 20. Sponsored by the Montana Museum of Art & Culture. On the occasion of his retirement from teaching at the University of Montana in 2000, James Todd’s mother paid him a visit bearing a collection of drawings he had made between the ages of five and eight. He had not seen the drawings in over 50 years. The fluid lines of his pencil drawings of American GI’s returning from the war in Europe, knights in armor, and a visit to the dentist greeted the artist across decades and a lifetime of experience.