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!


The Painter’s Paint

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Edd's palette

Edd’s palette

What paint does Edd Enders paint with? His canvases are exclusively painted with oils rather than water-based acrylics. That’s because oil paint’s binder, linseed oil, is translucent. He says, “When you see a lot of acrylic paintings they look flat because their binder is plastic and it absorbs light but when light goes through the oil paint on a canvas; it bounces off the primer and is luminous. Dutch masters Rembrandt and Vermeer’s paintings are good examples of that luminosity.” Oils also lasts and lasts.

Did you know that oil paints in tubes last for decades when not exposed to oxygen? Most of the paints Edd uses were given to him by people who had collections of oil paints and didn’t end up using them. For instance, a few years ago Edd got a letter from a fellow he knew in high school who had boxes of oil paints from the 1960’s and he gave the collection to Edd. When painting with these 50+ year old oils, Edd says, “I have to be very careful squeezing the tubes because the metal is so oxidized that my fingers can go right through the tubes. But the paint is perfectly fine and the colors unaffected.”

When you buy an oil painting from Edd, it should last for generations. Stay tuned for a post about how he stretches and primes linen canvases and why in some of his early paintings, the paint cracked and what he’s done so that will never happen again.

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!

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.

Feature story in the Bozeman Daily Chronicle

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Thanks to Rachel Hergett for the story and Adrian Sanchez-Gonzalez for the many photos on a recent visit to Edd’s studio. Read and view here.  
If you miss the artist’s reception at the Bozeman Public Library on Friday, January 10th, 2014 you can still see these large paintings in the library lobby through February 2014 and also more paintings at Starky’s Authentic Americana at 24 North Tracy Ave, Bozeman through February as well. Thanks!

Photo by Adrian Sanchez-Gonzalez

Photo by Adrian Sanchez-Gonzalez

Two shows in Bozeman Jan-Feb 2014

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2 Edd has two shows in Bozeman from January through February 2014 you won’t want to miss! Stop by the Bozeman Public Library on East Main to see Edd’s exhibit of new paintings in the lobby area through February. The artist’s reception will be Friday evening, January 10, 6-7:30 pm. The “Movement Montana” exhibit is of unique and interpretive oil paintings depicting the fascinating, yet familiar, shape of native trees as seen through the eyes of Edd. All paintings on exhibit are for sale, with a portion benefiting the Library. The Library Foundation provides food and drink during the reception; call 582-2425 for more information. Also check outsecuredownload Edd’s work at Starky’s Authentic Americana at 24 N Tracy Ave, Bozeman, Mt 59715. All the work is for sale and in the mid-sized, mid-priced range. Big thanks to Kathy and all at Starky’s for hosting the show.