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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Discourse at the Danforth – Laurie Sargent April 7, 201511141126_10152961753791676_3179808413798512294_o
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.
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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.

Enders Serves on Danforth Gallery Board

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Photo by fellow Danforth Board member John Zumpano

Photo by fellow Danforth Board member John Zumpano

Did you know Edd Enders Painting serves on the Board of The Danforth PCFA? 2014 is the 40th year the Danforth Park County Friends of the Arts have been bringing top notch emerging and under represented artists to the public. This lecture series is FREE but donations are needed to cover costs. 2014’s first lecture will be by photographer Joanne Berghold was inspiring and the next week (March 11th, 6:30pm) will be: Dr. Jim Halfpenny- a master explorer, author, scientist and educator, Halfpenny will share his expertise on cold ecosystems, animal tracking, and carnivores. The rest of this series includes:

WEEK 3 (March 18th, 6:30pm): Ian Kellett- a science and natural history filmmaker, Kellett will speak about his recent expedition to Papua New Guinea aboard the oceanographic research vessel the Alucia.

WEEK 4 (March 25th, 6:30pm): Bill Payne- the Lecture Series concludes with iconic piano rock musician and photographer Bill Payne. A founding member of the rock group Little Feat, Payne will discuss the creative process and his crafts.