The Art Gallery in Bigfork has its annual juried art show July 10th through August 16th this year. As in the past, every show has a different look and feel for the visitor. That is because a different juror selects the exhibited art each year. This year is no exception, and you will find The Edge Center Gallery in Bigfork packed with the wonderful work of a wide variety of artists. This year’s juror, Lori Forshee-Donnay, chose seven artists whose work is new to juried exhibit in Bigfork. You will find paintings, photographs, blown glass, sculptures, and more. A total of 24 artists are part of the juried show. The Artists’ reception is on Friday, July 11 from 5:00 to 7:00. You can come and see the exhibit during normal gallery hours and during performances in the Edge Theatre. The Gallery is open from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. Admission is no charge.
Juror Lori Forshee-Donnay is Executive Director of the Watermark Art Center (former Bemidji Community Art Center) in Bemidji, MN, where she is responsible for viewing artwork and evaluating artists in preparation for jury into the art center gallery and shop, the annual art fair, Art in the Park, and national juried ceramics competition and exhibit It’s Only Clay.
The new artists to the Edge Gallery are painters Jane Latimer, Paula Lichke, David Nyssen and Jan Stenson, photographer Jeff Poenix, carver Jim Lutgen and printmaker John McCoy. Other artists that been in Art on the Edge before include photographers Elizabeth Blair, Randal Caton, Catherine Hanson, Audrey Johnson, Jill Johnson, Tim Lamey, and David Swanson. Returning painters are Gene Madsen, Scott Rollenhagen, Nyle La Grange, and Sandra Thompson. Jon Offutt’s blown glass, Denise Martin’s felted figure and Susan Gilbert’s aluminum sculpture are in the three-dimensional category. Drawing examples extend from Aaron Squadroni’s grey tones in graphite pencil to David Richter’s intense colors done in colored and watercolor pencils to Robert Biaggio’s wood burned and oil color enhanced drawings. Altogether 40 works of art from the 24 artists are part of the Tenth Annual Juried Exhibit.
Kocian’s Family Market is sponsoring the Best of Show Award, and Northland Dental and First State Bank of Bigfork are the funders for the two Awards of Excellence. Bigfork Valley Hospital sponsors the People’s Choice Award. The People’s choice award is always a favorite at the show because it is the guests chance to voice an opinion as to what is the best art. In many ways that makes it special. You can vote on your people’s choice winner all day on July 10th and up until 6PM July 11th at the reception. Come to the reception for a chance to meet some of the artists, share in the snacks and see the exhibit. Friday, July 11th from 5PM to 7PM.