Tami Evenson artwork

After the accidental death of her neice, Tami Evenson turned to painting iconic 1960s imagery as therapy. Her works honoring Mark Kate Keenan are featured in a benefit at Toucan Gallery; the opening and reception are set for Friday, Sept. 29.

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On Friday, Sept. 29, from 7 to 9 p.m., Toucan Gallery will host a benefit art opening and reception in memory of Mary Kate Keenan of Billings on Friday, Sept. 29 from 7 to 9 p.m.

A recovering drug addict who had been living a sober life, Keenan died of an accidental overdose on Nov. 21, 2016. She would have celebrated her 23rd birthday on the night of the reception.

Keenan’s aunt, Tami Evenson, who turned to painting as therapy to deal with the death, has produced a series of folk pieces inspired by Keenan’s love of anything and everything associated with the 1960s, from peace signs to flower power, bell bottoms to tie dye.

With this exhibit, Keenan’s family wishes to bring awareness to drug addiction and its pervasive and, at times, seemingly indiscriminate reach into the community. All proceeds from the sale of these paintings will go to Tumbleweed, the longstanding Billings-based agency that provides services to the community’s most vulnerable youth.

Toucan Gallery is located at 2505 Montana Avenue.


Jaci Webb covers entertainment for The Billings Gazette.