Artist-Wilderness-Connection showcase at Hockaday Museum August 7

The Flathead National Forest, Hockaday Museum of Art, Bob Marshall Wilderness Foundation and the Swan Ecosystem Center are hosting a reception and presentation of Visions of the Wild, an Exhibition of the Artist-Wilderness-Connection Program (AWC) at the Hockaday Museum of Art on Thursday, August 7. A reception with light refreshments will begin at 5 p.m. There will be an opportunity to meet the 2013 artists, NW Montana photographer Randy Beacham and Bozeman painter Barbara Rusmore. The reception will be followed by a brief presentation by both artists.

The evening’s event will include a slide presentation by Beacham, “Discovering Wilderness through the Lens”, reflecting on his ‘discovered images’ that capture the uniqueness of the wilderness around Silvertip Cabin where he spent his 12-day residency. Rusmore will share her experiences and painted images from “On the Divide – a view from on top of the Great Bear Wilderness.”

In recognition of the 10th anniversary of the Artist-Wilderness-Connection Program and the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act, a special exhibit of AWC artwork will be on display at the Hockaday Museum of Art in Kalispell, July 24 through September 13. The exhibit features artwork created over the last ten years from 31 participating artists.

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