Edd Enders Art Illustrates Beaudin Book


10421247_962185437179971_5217623247063352237_nEdd Enders’ artwork illustrates the inaugural publication by Livingston’s Elk River books, Vagabond Song: Neo-Haibun from the Peregrine Journals by Marc Beaudin. The cover features an Edd Enders color painting and his black and white drawing illustrate the interior.

Edd introduces Beaudin's book

Edd introduces Beaudin’s book

The book, “blends travel memoir with poetry to recount the author’s hitchhiking and road trip adventures. From Central America and Britain to the American West and Midwest, the book follows in the tradition of Bashō’s haibun classics such as Narrow Road to the Deep North and Records of a Weather-Exposed Skeleton. Amid stories that are often humorous and sometimes harrowing, lies a strong foundation of commitment to wild spaces, freedom (in all its precariousness) and the transformative power of poetry.”

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Reviews include:
“Here is a poet’s road trip, tracing the blue highways with a dazzling prose that keeps us belted in for the fast passage – a firm anchor of raven, woodlands and the fractured moon on the lake at night. We should all take strength from his impressive traverse.” – Doug Peacock, author of Grizzly Years
“Is there such a thing as free-range literature?
I think there is and I think this is it. These lovely, spirited, freewheeling trip logs are charged with the poetry of motion.”
Walter Kirn, author of Up in the Air

bullington cdThis is not the first time Edd’s artwork has graced the cover of a local creative force, the late, beloved musician Ben Bullingston’s CD Lazy Moon featured an Edd Enders painting.

Edd @ The Emerson

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Cottonwood No. 198 32x48Edd Enders’ art was featured in the high-traffic lobby of the Emerson in Bozeman May through September, 2015. Edd’s vibrant paintings “Roads, Rivers, Sky” had an opening reception Friday, May 7 from 5 – 8 pm during the first Bozeman Art Walk of the Season and the work remained in the lobby through September.

All original oil paintings are for sale through the duration. Enders does no prints or copies so this is an opportunity to invest in timeless and durable original work of oil on canvas – which will last for generations – from a self-taught iconic Montana native. Yellowstone River1 24 x 48

2015 Discourse at the Danforth – The Creative Process

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Edd explains his creative process

Edd explains his creative process

Many enjoyed the Danforth Gallery and Park County Friends of the Arts 2015 annual series “Discourse at the Danforth” discussing the creativeeddD4 process. After three stellar presentations by fascinating, creative and talented folks for three weeks, the series ended with Edd Enders discussing his creative process on April 21, 2015 in conjunction with his “Inch x Inch” art exhibit April 17-22.  Free admission, donations and memberships greatly appreciated. The Danforth Gallery is at 106 North Main Street in Livingston. Visit http://www.pcfadanforth.org/ for more information.

Final Discourse: Edd Enders Painting on Tuesday, April 21st, 2015.

Danforth Board Chair introduces Edd

Danforth Board Chair introduces Edd

Enders will discuss his creative process; from sketching scenes, to building canvases, to mixing oil paints, to his painting style and why he paints what he paints. Don’t forget the reception for Edd’s show of new work “Inch x Inch” on Friday, April 17 at 6 pm, with a percentage of the proceeds benefiting the Danforth.
eddD2Discourse at the Danforth has been sponsored by The Mint Bar and Grille (so stop by and thank them for supporting the arts and enjoy their own creative Taco Tuesday after the Discourse) as well as Synergigi Interior Designs.

Discourse at the Danforth – April 14, 2015 with Distiller Thomas McGuane 11127801_10152974481341676_6787765677452934666_o
11121635_10152974479036676_710427926424888705_oThomas McGuane IV grew up in Paradise Valley. After graduating from MSU in 1991 with an English degree, McGuane began a career in bladesmithing. He had his first knife show at the Danforth Gallery. In 2014 McGuane added a new craft, distilling spirits at Bozeman Spirits Distillery. Creativity and craft are what link the process of making artisan knives and spirits.

11090944_10152974478611676_1528759899817062721_oMcGuane describes his creative efforts as combining “a sort of shared alchemy between transforming wood, metal and grain that connects these crafts in the convoluted 10419036_10152974482456676_7642051823778351535_nmind of this artisan.” He adds that he will likely continue doing things as he pleases! McGuane will expand his alchemy by mixing cocktails with his spirits at his Discourse at the Danforth. Learn more about Bozeman Spirits at http://www.bozemanspirits.com and visit them at 121 West Main Street in Bozeman, phone 406.577-2155. 

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Woe on those who missed the amazing songwriting discourse (we even got to write a song together!) on April 7th at the Danforth Gallery. Learn more about Laurie Sargent Musician/Songwriter.
Laurie Sargent has has a long and a storied career as a singer, songwriter and instrumentalist and added organic farmer to her resume when she moved to Wilsall, Montana.
Her self-described “long squiggly career” includes recording for major labels with Boston-based new wave band Face-to-Face, who had a top 40 hit, and acclaimed indie-label bands Twinemen and Orchestra Morphine, in which she joined forces with her partner Billy Conway (formerly the drummer for the band Morphine).
14663_10152961755161676_9052872886392539819_nHer collaborations have included recording two discs for performance artists The Chip Smith Project and several solo albums featuring a talented roster of musicians. Following Discourse at the Danforth, Sargent will head out on tour to open up for longtime friend Johnette Napolitano (vocalist/songwriter and bassist for Concrete Blonde). Sargent’s latest solo recording is “Little Dipper and the Shooting Star,” which The Boston Globe calls, “a deeply satisfying solo disc,” and applauds her, “ finely honed lyrics with bruised wisdom.”
Sargent also recently added painting to her creative pursuits and owns and operates local farmer’s market favorite Crazy View Farms. Learn more about her tour, music, and see paintings at  http://www.lauriesargentart.com/sonic-painting/

First 2015 Discourse at the Danforth
Jerry Iverson’s discussion about philosophy and painting was fascinating and lively on 11052008_10152946167766676_7322423062565437057_n March 31. Learn more  about Jerry’s work at http://jerryiverson.com/ and  read below:
Artist Statement. My art has been much influenced by the materials, balance and grace of Asian calligraphy. I don’t know what the characters mean, but I love how they look. I use many layers of 10451681_10152946060361676_6747548183626540981_nsumi ink, paper and rabbit skin glue to build a distressed, uneven texture. Torn and broken black lines create a tense, awkward balance. In order to examine an idea thoroughly, I like to work in series. One idea, over and over again:
10424349_10152946166706676_7925325310961903655_nLanguage Series expresses the difficulty of communication. Black lines look like words, but they don’t say anything.
Nerve Blocks show the strained and shattered nerves that happen in life. Things fall apart.
painting by Jerry Iverson

Line Bombs remind me of the violence and disruption of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and how war has taught the powerless and dispossessed that anything can become a weapon. The days are full of hidden bombs, and the lives of innocents are torn apart.

Darwin’s Trees are a reflection on Charles Darwin’s own ink drawing Darwin's Tree 23 of the Tree of Life. He used it as a visual   representation of his great theory of evolution – that species diverge from common lineages. Yet the branches are broken, misshapen, and most species become extinct.

Causation uses the intersection of black lines and circles to show the chain of lifCausation 3e. Causal relations are everywhere. Each event in our lives is connected to events of the past and present. Often, the causal chain is very complex and hard to identify. Sometimes, it’s one big mess.

View Installations on Jerry Iverson’s website.

“Inch x Inch”, April 17, 2015 Exhibit

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Red Tree #2 14 x 16

Red Tree #2 14 x 16

An exhibit of artist Edd Enders’ latest work is at Livingston’s prestigious Danforth Gallery through April 21st, with a reception on Friday the 17th at 6 pm and an open gallery day on Saturday the 18th, 2015. The title of the exhibit “Inch x Inch” is a reference to the fact that Enders builds and paints each canvas inch by inch and that the works’ fixed price was raised for the first time in years to $3.00 a square inch. A percentage of sales from this show will also benefit the Danforth Gallery, Livingston’s oldest gallery and champion of emerging and contemporary artists, a nonprofit organization that survives on donations gathered inch by inch.

 Yellowstone River Boat Ramp

Yellowstone River Boat Ramp

Livingston native Enders is a prolific painter who works nearly every day in his studio, not just painting, but handcrafting canvases. He builds canvases by stretching linen on wooden framework, impregnating them with a heated solution to protect the cloth from the caustic elements of linseed and oil paint, and often complements the work with custom built frames. This process and the materials allows light to bounce off the canvas making the paintings both luminescent and durable for decades to come. Enders makes contemporary paintings but uses age-old materials and processes. He invests a great deal of time and funds into the highest quality materials to complement the art he pours everything he has into.

Murder of Crows

Murder of Crows

Artists don’t often discuss their materials or process, or how sales make it possible for them to keep painting, but it is a ubiquitous reality. Ender’s art prices reflect the investment he makes in each painting’s highest quality materials without charging extra for his unique vision and talent. There are no prints of Enders’ work; each piece is a unique original and so their value as an art investment is only likely to increase. The Inch x Inch exhibit features many of Enders’ most popular tree images and the paintings range in size from 5 by 7 inches to 66 x 42 inches.

Cottonwood No. 198 32x48

Cottonwood No. 198 32×48

Enders has been painting the world around him, inch by inch, since 1989. “I paint human interaction with the environment; I am not interested in romanticizing the West.
While Montana has magnificent landscapes, none are without evidence of human impact,” says Enders. An avid outdoorsman who hunts, fishes, hikes and has a history as a hunting guide, wrangler and archeological surveyor, Enders is outside daily with his dog. “Every day I explore the outdoors and am struck by the visually stimulating way human imprints of roads, signs, telephone lines, fences, and vehicles intersect nature’s imagery of trees, rivers, sky, birds and the changing seasonal colors.” Painting is not just a pastime for Enders; it is his passion, his voice, his craft, his job. Here is a video walk through of the show, the colors are not accurate but it should whet your appetite to see the work in person. https://youtu.be/vGe_0op_B0o

For further information and more images of the exhibit’s paintings, contact business manager Kris King at buzzmemedia@gmail.com or 406/222-4848.

New Series of Small Work Available

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Dead Red Tree 24 x 14Edd has been busy in the studio crafting a group of small canvases withDead Blue Tree 24 x 16 custom frames and painting them with his most popular images; trees, roads and rivers as well as a new take on his signature red trees against a blue sky – he’s doing some blue trees against a red sky. The new series runs from 6 x 8″, to 7 x 14″ and a few larger ones up to 54 x 36″. All work is $3.00 per square inch to cover materials and labor. Phone 406/222-4848 to make an appointment if you are interested in purchasing work. curve in the road small 8 x 16

Fresh Work

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Edd has been busy painting all fall, taking a day off here and there to hunt – it’s been a great year for game birds – and has a host of new canvases available. His recent work focuses on a murder of crows congregating in trees, the Yellowstone river, country roads, a Livingston residential hotel, and cottonwood trees turning deep autumn orange. Many of Edd’s paintings will be displayed at the Danforth Gallery in Livingston through the winter at 106 North Main Street. Stop by or phone 406/222-4848 to make an appointment to see Edd’s latest and greatest in person.

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Edd Returns from Art Exchange in China

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Livingston artists with Zhuping outside of Studio 188

Edd Enders has returned from two weeks in China full of gratitude. He went for a special art exhibit, exchange and group exhibition, “West on the Left, East on the Right,” in Shanghai with three other Livingston Montana artists; Parks Reece, Joe Fay and Abram Boise. They are the first four American artists represented by the international group, 188 Art who hosted their visit and showed the group various art studios and cultural and natural wonders in Shanghai and Jiangxi province as well as providing opportunities for the four artists to work in the 188 Art porcelain studio and do some plein air art.

Touring in China

Touring in China

The group art exhibition included twenty contemporary Chinese artists at 188 Art Studio in Shanghai and was well attended. The visit was in conjunction with the Yellowstone Asia Initiative, which brought an exhibit of contemporary artists from China to their only US showing in Livingston, Montana. As former Montana senator Max Baucus is now the Chinese Ambassador, it’s only natural to develop trade and cultural exchange ties between China and Montana and art is a universal language.

Edd discusses his work at the 188 Art exhibit

Edd discusses his work at the 188 Art exhibit

Enders sent twenty paintings to China, half to be kept in businessman and gallery owner Zhuping Yan’s Studio 188 art gallery’s permanent collection and the other ten for sale. Enders hopes they will resonate with Chinese art buyers and lovers. He very much admired the art by the many Chinese artists he saw on the trip, “The contemporary art was very high quality and I was especially impressed by the porcelain art. I was also happy to see work that addressed the environment.” Enders says it was a great, great learning experience and every day he encountered, observed and learned something new on the trip. Reflecting on the experience, he predicts, “All the art I saw and the visual stimuli will have a strong effect on my development as an artist.”

Chinese and Montana artists tour Jiangxi province

Chinese and Montana artists tour Jiangxi province

One of his favorite parts of the experience was being based in Shanghai and he enjoyed the city’s modernity, international flair, and the mix of modern and traditional architecture. He was also impressed by the hospitality they experienced, “people were fabulous; very courteous, generous, open, and seemed pleased to have us there.” He wishes he had been able to communicate with people more, as the language was a barrier. “The culture, language and environment are so different from any I’ve been exposed to,” Enders says. He enjoyed the cuisine and tried many dishes completely new to him and was fascinated by how the cuisine varied from region to region and how different it all was from stereotypical dishes found in American Chinese restaurants. He appreciated the affordability of the food and goods and often saw things in shops and restaurants he’d never seen before, so every day was a new learning experience.

Edd sketches in rural China

Edd sketches in rural China

Enders found Chinese gangster films and soap operas intriguing as well. While traveling inland to visit rural areas, he was fascinated as Shanghai’s modern conveniences, infrastructure and industrialization receded, “I didn’t see any mechanized farming; everything was being done by hand,” he observes. He was concerned about the air and water quality, especially the severity inland.

Enders concludes, “I am very grateful and appreciate the

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opportunity to experience China, learn about the culture, and especially the contemporary and traditional Chinese art forms which are so different than Western art.” He gives special thanks to Zhuping, Julie and the 188 Art staff, and the Chinese artists he met. Edd will be working with 188 Art to bring an exhibit of contemporary Chinese art to Livingston, Montana at the Danforth Gallery summer 2015.

East Meets West Art Exchange

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Edd meeting the 188 Art representatives in his Livingston Studio. They bought 10 paintings and chose 10 more to sell on commission.

Edd Enders visited China for two weeks in September, 2014, to participate in an art exchange and group exhibition in Shanghai with three other Livingston, Montana artists; Parks Reece, Joe Fay and Abram Boise.
They are the first four American artists represented by an international group, 188 Art, who will be hosting their visit and showing them various art studios and cultural and natural wonders in Shanghai, Shangrao and Jiangxi province as well as providing opportunities for the four artists to work in the 188 Art porcelain studio and do some plein air art.

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The highlight of the tour was the group exhibition with twenty contemporary Chinese artists at 188 Art and the opening ceremony on Tuesday, September 23rd in Shanghai. This visit is in conjunction with the Yellowstone Asia Initiative, which brought an exhibit of contemporary artists from China to their only US showing in Livingston, Montana. An “East meets West’ mural drawn by Parks Reece was also completed in Livingston this summer to commemorate the relationship.


Edd (on scaffold) and Parks work on the mural on the Livingston Civic Center

Edd Co-Curates Show at Danforth

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Noah Massey Painting

Noah Massey Painting

Shalene Valenzuela ceramics

Shalene Valenzuela ceramics

You may know that Edd Enders is on the Board of the Danforth Gallery, the oldest nonprofit art gallery in Livingston Montana, and that it is celebrating its 40th year in 2014. In honor of this milestone, artists who have been involved with the Danforth for decades, “Legacy Artists”, like Edd, are curating shows. The first artwalk of the season June 28th, will be the opening reception for “Mingling Mediums Under the Big Sky” that Edd has co-curated with Traci Isaly.

Edd and Traci hang the show

Edd and Traci hang the show

Enjoy a diverse array of work from a group of vibrant emerging and established contemporary Montana artists specializing in mediums ranging from textiles, wood, ceramics, metals, glass, and paint to mixed mediums. The show includes: Patty Bobonich’s textiles, Vicki Fish’s mixed media work, Clare Anne Harff’s ceramics, Stacey Herries’s paintings, Elijah Isaly’s drums, Keegan Isaly’s woodwork, Jill Judd’s jewely, Jean Keffeler’s jewely, Noah Massey’s paintings, Katie Sissum’s glasswork, Shalene Valenzuela’s ceramics, and Suzi and Brian White’s sculpture (Ferrous Wheel Design.) The work will be up through July 19th at the Danforth Gallery, 106 North Main Street. Summer hours are Tuesday through Friday between 10 am and 5:30 pm and Saturday from 12pm-4pm. For more information visit http://www.pcfadanforth.org or call 222-6510.

Edd on Film

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Did you know that Edd Enders has been part of several films? He inspired a feature project by Montana State University film student Heather Adkins entitled Edd Enders – Montana Oil Painter that captures his style, process, studio, philosophy and even canine sidekick Jade perfectly. The short film is four and a half minutes long but says so much!

An earlier film by photographer Audrey Hall begins with Edd painting in his studio and visits a range of other area folks to end with Edd painting the local landscape just filmed. See You Then was a finalist in the 2009 Nikon Film Festival and runs 2 minutes. 

Thanks to these talented filmmakers for capturing Edd in action!