Edd Enders Art Retrospective Exhibit

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Edd Enders has concluded the most comprehensive retrospective exhibition of his paintings, which took place in Livingston June 18-19, 2021. The exhibit featured 80+ canvases from 1989 to present and include early work, large scale paintings, self-portraits, urban and rural scenes, and recent surreal work. Many of the paintings were never before exhibited. Edd gave a talk about his art process and arc on July 18 to a packed house. View the talk here.

Thanks to everyone who made this show possible and helped get the word out. View the KULR7 Wake Up Montana TV interview by Noah Schmick and enjoy short films by Malcolm King Fontana. Clip 1 & Clip 2.

Appointments can be made to visit Edd’s studio and view buyable art in your desired subject and size. Email buzzmemedia@gmail.com or contact 406.222.4848. Art can be also purchased at Two Rivers Gallery at 224 McLeod Street in Big Timber, MT and seen at Glenn’s Food & Spirits, 122 N Main Street in Livingston, MT.

Livingston native Enders studied art at Montana State University and has been a prolific full-time painter for over three decades. Widely admired, Enders has collectors ranging from New York to Key West to Chicago to Shanghai and has shown in numerous solo and group exhibitions. Enders is deeply connected to, and inspired by, the Western environments where he grew up, worked and lives. As a contemporary artist, he is dedicated to not depicting the West as it’s commonly idealized with pristine landscapes and romanticized wildlife, cowboys and Indians. “I want to portray human’s inevitable activity and impact on this region,” Enders says, “In the bigger picture, I hope that in 100 years people will look at my paintings and learn something about this place and time, as I see it.”

Enders sees the world through a compositional lens; perceiving scenes as shapes and colors that fit together in abstract patterns. He works in oil and builds, stretches, and sizes his own linen canvases by hand using rabbit skin glue. These age-old materials and techniques bring a luminosity and durability to Enders’ paintings which will retain their vibrancy for a century to come.    

The retrospective features early paintings, a series of self-portraits which showcase his changing techniques and self-reflection, gritty urban scenes, still life studies, surreal symbolism, and transcendent landscapes. Enders’ use of iconic imagery like roads, crows, fences, and road signs span the breadth of his work. As guests view the art, they’ll be able to identify the arc from Enders’ early phase of looser paint strokes and dark palate, through decades exploring diverse subjects and styles, to his contemporary command of vibrant colors and well-defined subjects.

Scenes from Park County Exhibit

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Edd Pine with Purple, 2016, 66″ x 36″

If you missed Downtown Livingston’s June Artwalk or just want a second look, most of the exhibits will be up through the first three weeks of July. You’ll see a large oil painting of Sheep Mountain by Edd Enders in the window of the Frame Garden on Main Street that’s worth a closer look. Inside the Frame Garden, Enders has an exhibit of 19 original oil paintings. This exhibit of primarily new work includes three large, vibrant paintings of local landscapes, several iconic Livingston scenes – the Teslow and the Murray sign on Park and 2nd Street – several medium tree studies, and ten smaller framed paintings, mostly of cottonwood trees. The small paintings are selling fast so hurry in if you’ve been wanting a smaller, affordable Edd Enders original painting of your own. “I’m very pleased with the show, a lot of Edd’s fans have commented on what an excellent collection of paintings it is,” says Frame Garden owner Laura Bray. “Edd and I grew up together in Livingston and I’m so glad to finally have a show of his work. I’ve long loved his art and am enjoying the way the Frame Garden looks and feels with his strong colors and bold expression.”

Save the Teslow, 26″ x 36″

Livingston native Enders says, “I consider myself a contemporary western painter. I’m not interested in portraying the West as it’s commonly idealized with pristine landscapes and romanticized wildlife, cowboys and Indians.” When asked about his process and what inspires his paintings he says, “My work is inspired by everything around me. As I travel around the West, I see things compositionally; how shapes and colors interact. When a scene moves me – emotionally or visually – I gather information with a sketch and notes. Back in my studio, I use the sketch as a starting place for my oil paintings and choose colors, often abstract, to convey the mood or meaning I want to evoke.”

Cottonwood Branch in Wind, Horizontal, 18 x 32″

“My intended statement is often more ominous than my vivid colors suggest,” he says. “While painting, I focus on composition and fit shapes and colors together like puzzle pieces. A crucial part of my painting process is the time I contemplate the puzzle of my next painting while building, stretching, sizing, and priming canvases.”

Murray Corner, 24 x 32”

When asked about what he wants to convey through his art, Enders says, “I am deeply connected to the western environment where I’ve grown up, worked, and lived. I want to portray human’s inevitable activity and impact on this region. In the bigger picture, I hope that in 100 years people will look at my paintings and learn something about this place and time, as I see it.”

Enders’ art will be up through July 24th at the Frame Garden, 101 South Main Street in Downtown Livingston.

A Railroad Runs Through It

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TrainCrossingTwo24x28Three Edd Enders paintings are featured in the group show “A Railroad Runs Through It” at the Livingston Depot Center through September 24th, 2017 in conjunction with the Depot’s 30th Anniversary.

This show features 18 diverse artists’ multimedia interpretations of the impact and integration of the Railroad in the Livingston, Park County region. Featured artists include Jim Barrett, Marc Beaudin, Storrs Bishop, Eleanor Williams Clark, Edd Enders, Malou Flato, Doris Davis Gallagher, Sheila Hrasky, Bob Newhall, Adrienne Pollard, Parks Reece, Tandy Miles Riddle, Robert Spannring, Colleen Story, Mark Strand, David Swanson, Joe Wayne, and John Zumpano.RailroadCrossingAtNight48x72

A special artist reception will be held June 15, 2017 at 7pm and feature music by the Park High School Jazz Band and poetry by Marc Beaudin.  The evening will include light fare passed by the Sister City Cultural Exchange, and refreshments provided by Neptune’s Brewery.

Located at 200 West Park, the Depot is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. There is a nominal admission, and group visits are also welcome by special arrangement. Additional information can be obtained by contacting the Depot office at (406) 222-2300.

NEW Exhibit of Paintings at Livingston’s Shane Center

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The Shane Lalani Center for the Arts
 in Livingston has extended Edd Enders’ exhibit of art in their lobby with a second series of seven paintings.

The nonprofit Shane Center’s mission is to strengthen community through participation in the arts. New Executive Director Sally O’Connor says, “We love displaying the work of local artists in our facility—it fits perfectly with our mission. Edd’s work is bright and uplifting, and really represents the uniqueness of our community.”

Enders has been a prolific full time painter for over two decades. He is a contemporary Western painter who portrays humans’ impact on the landscape with iconic shapes in nonrepresentational bright colors. Working from sketches of rural and urban scenes, Enders is not a plein air painter, but works in the studio with oils on canvas to craft compositions evoking specific moods, seasons and stories of the region. Enders says, “My goal as a painter is that my work continues to evolve and reflect contemporary society.” Widely admired, Enders has collectors ranging from New York to Key West to Chicago to Shanghai and has shown in numerous solo and group exhibitions.

Juniper Tree #2 18 x 24

SOLD Juniper #2, 18″ x 24″ at Faye’s Cafe’

In addition to the seven canvases in the Shane’s lobby – ranging in size from over five feet tall to under two feet tall – there are two canvases in Faye’s Café’ for diners to enjoy. “I love the vibe I get from Edd’s work. It’s so full of positive energy, and shows off Livingston’s beauty,” says Sarah Faye Knecht. All paintings are for sale, phone or text 406.222.4848 for more information.

The Shane Center building at 415 East Lewis Street in Livingston is open Monday to Saturday from 9 am to 9 pm, learn more at http://www.theshanecenter.org/. Faye’s Café’ in The Shane Center is now open Sundays from 8 am to 2 pm and Monday through Wednesday from 7 am to 2 pm, learn more at http://www.fayescafelivingston.com/.

Enders’ Art Featured in Library Celebration

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Featured in the 10th Anniversary Art Exhibit, Atrium Gallery, Bozeman Public Library, November 1-30, 2016, Juniper Tree Deep Creek Bench, 2015, 40″ x 60″

The Bozeman Public Library’s “Celebrating 10 Years of Community Art” show features artists who have exhibited in the past decade, including Edd Enders.

There will be a Celebration on Friday, November 11, 6-9 pm at the Library. Beginning at  6:00 pm with the “Ten Years Celebrating Community Art” opening reception with 30 artists who have exhibited over the years. Delicious food and drinks are compliments of the Library Foundation, plus there will be “quick-paint” silent auction items and a raffle basket of 10-year goodies. 

Stay for a concert at 7:30pm by the incomparable Jeni Fleming, the first Exploring the Arts performer for the Library’s Grand Opening. Jeni, accompanied by talented pianist Stefan Stern, will sing jazz standards in another intimate Library concert not to be missed. Following this short concert, the grand finale will be a toast to the Library with sweets and bubbly drinks.

We hope to see you there. If you are unable to join the celebration event, the artwork will remain up through the end of November!


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

“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.

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 Painting at Yellowstone Art Museum in March

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969924_145846705620863_510737365_nEdd was unable to make it to the March 1, 2014 Yellowstone Art Museum’s 46th Annual Art Auction in Billings due to weather. However, his painting Cottonwood #193 was in the auction and went for considerably over the minimum bid. This auction and gala event is the largest auction of contemporary art in Montana featuring catering by Tom Nelson, music by jazz favorites Parker Brown and Alex Nauman, and fine art available from over 160 regional artists. Learn more online at http://www.artmuseum.org/events/?regevent_action=register&event_id=130
Thanks everyone who supported the event, we heard it was a big success!