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Jailhouse Gallery

Art in the Jailhouse: Lindsey Meyers ­­Carroll

May 2 – June 13

Artist reception Friday, May 5th, 5:30-7:30pm
FREE and open to the public

A Collaboration Between People and Place: Seasons is an exhibition displaying four large-scale charcoal drawings by artist Lindsey Meyers Carroll. By expanding on the art traditions of portraiture and landscape, Carroll intertwines contemporary Montanans with elements of the season which best reflect—and celebrate—the individual shown. Growing out of an original inquiry of what qualities make a Montanan distinctly Montanan, this exhibition ultimately is a prelude to a broader examination of the collaboration that occurs between a place and the people that occupy it.

Often described as surrealistic, Carroll’s drawings blur the lines between reality and the imaginary. By melding disparate subject matter in unexpected ways, each drawing becomes a vehicle for inquiry, examination and discovery. Carroll was a recipient of the Myrna Loy Center’s Grants to Artists program and this exhibition is supported by that grant.


 

Art in the Jailhouse: Barbara Rusmore

Reflection on Water

June 16 – July 29
Artist Reception Friday, June 16, 5:30-7:30pm
FREE and open to the public

This past year I’ve been drawn to paint water. Running water or frozen snow and ice, settled in a pond or hidden in riparian vegetation. Until I pulled together my paintings for this show, I didn’t realize I was painting water.

 

Perhaps it was so unconscious because I intuitively select a place to paint by feeling drawn to be there, in that spot, to absorb and transfer images onto canvas. Often it’s not about a spectacular iconic image, rather a more personal, close-up vista, a sheltering place. Many of these paintings are places near water and the riparian thicket of vegetation that rolls up and out to the skyline.

Maybe in this time of social controversy and political conflict, the wetlands provided a hopeful place. The sounds of running water and bird song, rich scents, or light glinting on snow, and complex patterns of crossing bare branches drew me to these paintings. I hope they convey some of the beauty, peace and unpredictable diversity of the abundant life in wet lands