Exploring life, through art
The Hockaday Museum in Kalispell offers engaging insights, through art, into life in northwest Montana.
This month the museum offers exhibits from Nancy Dunlop Cawdrey, W. Haakon Ensign, and others.
W. Haakon Ensign
W. Haakon Ensign: Wildlife and Water- Lucky in the Flathead
June 2– Aug. 6, 2023
Artist Conversation is Friday, June 2, from 3-6 pm. Come and meet Flathead Valley artist Haakon Ensign and enjoy refreshments in Kalispell's Hockaday gallery. This exhibition celebrates the beauty of landscape through new plein air paintings of Ensign's favorite outdoor spots and his trusty companion, Lucky.
Other exhibits at the Hockaday are:
Wondrous West: Art, Tourism, and National Pride (1848-1942)
June 23 - Sept. 16
Reception and Curator Presentation: Thur. June 29, 5-7 pm
Members Free; General Admission: $10
This exhibition, organized and curated by guest curator Lee Silliman, includes early visual imagery published in government reports, travel books, souvenir albums, illustrated newspapers and magazines, art prints, and photography capturing the early allure of the American West and National Parks as prompted and advertised by the government and the tourism and railroad industries.
On view through Aug. 26
The Hockaday Museum of Art presents works on loan from Three Chiefs Cultural Center. The Center, which is owned and operated by the Salish, Kootenai, and Pend d’Oreille tribes, was damaged in a 2020 fire. Historic bead works on view in include beaded vests, breechcloths, buckskin chaps, wool leggings, a beaded headband, and a saddle drape, items often worn for special occasions like dances and ceremonies.
This exhibition also includes works ranging from sculpture to oil paintings that the Hockaday has recently acquired for the permanent collection.
Nancy Dunlop Cawdrey: Peaks, Plains, and Beyond
This exhibit features over 60 original artworks by Montana Artist Nancy Cawdrey spanning over four decades and presented in two parts.
The first part of the exhibition features a selection of loaned works from her recent Forever Glacier: the Legacy Project Collection, celebrating the wildlife of Glacier National Park. This portion will also include interactive and educational components including a 360 degree ocular video experience, as well as interactive animal-related objects and artifacts.
The second part of the exhibition is a retrospective of works grouped chronologically. From watercolor to oil to silk painting to mixed media, subject matter ranges from neighboring Glacier Park to plein air explorations along the Mediterranean coast of Italy – and much in between.
Cawdrey said, “I hope this exhibition portrays my wonderful journey and encourages folks to fill your canvas-your life, with exploration and wonder. Each day is a gift of new possibilities.”
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