The Yellowstone Art Museum has announced three new exhibits on display through Jan. 6, including "Montana Peepshow: Stories by Leslie Van Stavern Millar II," "James Todd: Looney Toons," and "Elizabeth Dove: It Started with Aardvark." These imaginative exhibits focus on Montana artists.
According to a press release from the museum, exhibits are family friendly. Montana Peepshow uses a “peepshow” box to present several paintings by Leslie Van Stavern Millar II, a format chosen by the artist to heighten drama of her subjects. Millar's paintings carry a playful imaginative quality, featuring Queen Elizabeth traveling via a time machine to visit historical figures in the state of Montana.
James Todd, a master printmaker who taught at the University of Montana, explores Looney Toons with wit and investigates his boyhood drawings, created five decades ago. Todd then reinterpreted his original drawings through the process of wood block print making, reordering the compositions and colors while remaining faithful to the childhood renderings and imaginative drawings.
Missoula artist Elizabeth Dove has composed of a series of 26 screen-prints, one for each letter of the alphabet that includes every illustration from the dictionary. In total, 3,100 dictionary illustrations are overlapped in successive layers printed one on top of another, creating a hybrid of all visual knowledge.
Exhibits open Thursday with a reception from 5 - 6 p.m. The event is free to museum members and regular admission price of $15 for adults, $12 for seniors 65+ and $6 for students. For more information, call 406-256-6804 or visit www.artmuseum.org.