~From "the Gift of Imperfection" by Brene Brown
Sandy Alley –Born in Iowa, she attributes her creativeness, love of color and inspired designs to 4-H and the high school art teacher who supported and encouraged her. Some of the many mediums she has worked in are watercolor, acrylic, oil, sewing, clay, photography and hand felting. “I am currently putting all my creative energy into silk dying and painting, improving and exploring new ways to blend colors and techniques,” said Alley. “I also do commissioned pieces, taking someone’s idea and putting them on silk, which can sometimes be a challenge”.
She resides in Absarokee, Montana with her husband and 2 dachshunds. Her designs and the creations of her students can be found on her Facebook page Sandy Alley Designs. Her scarves currently are for sale at Juliana’s Jammin’ Art, Gifts & Rock Shop, 34 N. 4th St., Columbus, MT and at the Historic Lead Deadwood Art Council Center, 306 W. Main St., Lead, SD.
She can be reached by calling (406) 321-1955.
My name is Lori Lambert. I was born in Denver, Colorado to two very artistic parents. Because of them, I grew to enjoy art. I work as a Paraprofessional for Billings Public Schools and at Crooked Line Studio as a teacher. I am a self taught artist. I love to create. I have always loved interior design, crafting and drawing. I studied Fashion Merchandising and tried my hand at designing. I have sold several charcoal drawing pieces. I had an interior design business for a short while and then took on teaching reading. I am lucky enough to be able to use my creative side at work making bulletin boards and doing crafts with kids. Now I am even luckier to be able to create fun arts and crafts to teach K-3 teachers! My plan is to expand into teaching watercolor classes. I hope to keep learning about different mediums of art and teaching them.
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Cathleen Kuras, LMT is a holistic health practitioner, educator and harpist with Healing Journey Inc. Drawing on 30 years of experience working with clients in private practice and healthcare institutions, she blends a variety of Healing Art Therapies to empower and support one’s health and well being!
Find out more about Cathleen at www.healingjourneymontana.com
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Carolyn Thayer is a freelance artist and teacher born in Montana. She received her degree in art and education at Montana State University in 1972. She taught art in the public schools for 28.32 years. During that time she won numerous awards and worked for several greeting card companies. She partnered with Kathryn Wright in 1980 illustrating the book “Billings Historic Homes”.
Carolyn works primarily in acrylics because they are quick to dry and serve a “type A” painter well. She likes the fact that acrylics allow for quick changes and layering that oil does not afford. Her work is primarily whimsical with a lot of color and texture. Once and a while, landscapes and architecture in the form of houses appear because she loves the way light affects those things.
Though I'm an introvert by nature, sharing my art with others benefits me in big ways. Whether I'm painting en plein air along country roadsides or city sidewalks, there are often opportunities to discuss art with passersby. Telling people why I paint and sharing my technique gives words to ideas I might never verbalize alone in a studio. Teaching classes helped me get over a lot of disabling shyness & I learn far more from my students than they learn from me. In these situations, art is more about process than finished product- ending up with both is a blessing we can all realize!
- "Sharing the Love" https://sonjacaywood.com/
"My name is Lindsey Junkins. I’m a 25 year old stay at home mom from semi-northern, Molunkus, Maine, who relocated to Warner Robins, Georgia [and now Billings, MT!] Creative and optimistic, I try and fill my life with laughter and the “occasional” sarcasm. Every day I attempt to create, whether its 6am drawing while my son is sleeping and husband has gone off to work, or coming up with artsy activities suited for a busy 2 year old.
I am a self-taught multi-media impressionist; my choice of medium depends on the subject matter I’m working on and what’s requested. I’ve decided to make art my full time job. Spread the word! Sharing is caring! I am coming at this challenge pencils flying!"
-Lindsey Junkins, https://lindseyjunkins.wordpress.com/about/
Susan Bryan is a self taught Montanan artist. She creates an interesting effect by stacking and carving the oil paint with varied shapes of palette knives.
Her work comes to life with layers and layers of color.
"The color will draw you in; the texture will make you want to touch. If this is the case, I have accomplished what I have set out to do as an artist."
Palette knives are used in a tecnique called impasto. In English, the borrowed Italian word impasto most commonly refers to a technique used in paintiing, where paint is laid on an area of the surface very thickly, usually thickly enough that the palette knife strokes are visible. When dry, impasto provides texture; the paint appears to be coming out of the canvas.
susang is known for the distinctive style of her one-of-a-kind jewelry and art creations.
susang art studio can be found inside historic Hotel Carlin on Montana Avenue in downtown Billings, MT. Artist Susan Germer,susang, has found her creative haven on the second floor.
Unique textural elements and shapes combine to form jewelry that is beautiful, finely detailed and is certain to make the wearer feel special. Often beads add color in surprising ways. All of her fine silver designs are signed. "I love it when my client tells me that their favorite piece is one that I created."
Her watercolor and pastel originals are awash in color and the use of stamps that susanghas carved add interesting design elements.
Hand sewn onto fabric, tiny colored seed beads and found objects tell a story. The result is framed art or adornment that is beautiful or whimsical -always interesting. Worth taking a second or third look to discover things not seen the first time!
Rachel has been a part of our Billings Art Community for the past 15 years, participating in numerous shows and events. Influenced by music, nature, the inspiration of contemporary artists and the Modern Masters, she creates work in a variety of media. Acrylic is her most frequent choice. She has presented workshops and classes for all ages, in areas of painting, personal growth, dreamwork, printmaking, mask-making, and mixed media.
With a Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art and Art Education, and a Master’s in Art Therapy, she has worked in school settings, a family shelter, chemical dependency treatment, memory care, and other residential settings for the elderly. She spent a year traveling Montana as the Teaching Artist for Artmobile of Montana, presenting exhibits and facilitating projects.
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Dick, a Billings resident since 1970 was born in San Francisco, California. He lived at Crystal Springs Ranch on the main Boulder River, south of Big Timber. He attended Big Timber High School and Montana State University, Bozeman. After college, he lived in southern California and worked on the Apollo Space Program for 9 years. He moved to Montana and worked for the Montana Power Company and retired after 24 years. Dick has studied with well known artists such as Hazin Alkire, John Seerey-Lester, Terry Isaac, Jack Hines, Paco Young, Carl Brenders, Simon Combes. He also studied with Hall Diteman for many years.Dick's paintings are in private collections around the U.S., Canada and South Africa. He is currently represented by The Two Rivers Gallery in Big Timber, Montana (406-932-4009). Carbon County Arts Guild in Red Lodge, Mt. (406-446-1370).
Dick is also associated with the Montana Artists website: www.montana-artists.com