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Sonja Caywood

Sonja Caywood

The Carbon County Arts Guild & Depot Gallery is happy to announce the three featured artists for the upcoming Art in the Beartooths fundraiser to be held Saturday, July 13. They are Terry Cooke Hall from Bozeman; Sonja Caywood from Dayton, Wyoming; and Marcia Selsor from Red Lodge. Hall and Caywood are painters each with a vibrant use of color and texture in their compositions. Selsor is a ceramic artist whose incredible organic vessels are a result of experimentation with the clay surface and firing process.

Sonja Caywood was born in Sheridan, Wyoming, but raised in Montana. She spent summers in settings reminiscent of Charles M. Russell paintings, with mess-wagons, tents, tipis, and a rope corral. Being immersed in nature, far from modern distractions, Caywood learned to study and appreciate the world around her. Animals and livestock are prominent not only in her memories but also in her paintings. In 2012, Caywood lost her full-time job. Caywood believes that losing her job was a blessing because it led to her lifelong dream of painting. She lives with her husband at the foot of the Bighorn Mountains near the Montana line in Dayton, Wyoming.

Terry Cooke Hall states her passion for art as a youth led her to numerous classes and workshops in graphic design and illustration, including studies of the works of the Golden Age illustrators. In 1978, Hall put her training into use by illustrating for land development firms in Southern California. After 15 years, Hall left her job and cofounded a commercial art business. Since 2006, Hall has focused exclusively on developing a fine art career that has strong roots in California impressionism. She has studied under nationally-known artists with an intense focus on foundational principles of fine art, impressionistic light, and color. Hall’s realistic figures are set in an imaginary world of colorful winds or swirling skies, often backlit by an abstraction of the sun or moon using color, patterns, and textural elements to provide a unique contemporary style.

Red Lodge artist Marcia Selsor is a Professor Emerita from Montana State University-Billings where she taught for 25 years, chaired the Art Department, was the elected president of the Academic Senate, and wrote grants to support the Art Department Outreach Programs. Selsor served as the Director of the Ceramics Program for the University of Hawaii in 2005 and taught at the University of Texas, Brownsville as a guest lecturer.

As a recognized artist, Selsor has been listed in the "Who’s Who in American Art" since the 1980s. She is an active artist whose work continues to be included in many national and international exhibitions. Selsor received two Fulbright Fellowships and a National Endowment for the Humanities grant for studies in Theology/Spirituality at Fordham University. In addition, Marcia Selsor has served on several boards related to the field of ceramic arts as well as the Mental Health Center Foundation in Billings, Montana.

These three remarkable Signature Artists, along with 25-30 other notable artists, will participate in Art in the Beartooths, Saturday, July 13, 2019 at Lions Parkin Red Lodge. The list of artists includes: Maggie Bassett, Richard Dahlke, Thomas English, Dolly Frerichs, Kadin Goldberg, Diane Greenwood, Whitney Hall, Connie Herberg, Lance Johnson, Michael Kosorok, Karen McBride, David McMasters, Maggi Neal, Denney NeVille, Dominique Paulus, John Potter, Kevin Red Star, Cliff Rossberg, Trish Stevenson, Robert Tompkins, Kara Tripp, James K. Vincent, Richard Wallace, Shirle Wempner, and Tom Wolfe.

Visitors can watch the artists create art from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. for free. At 4 p.m., the ticketed event begins with refreshments, music, and a last look at the art created during the day. Dinner is at 5 p.m., and the live auction starts at 6 p.m. Tickets for the live auction event are $60 and can be purchased by calling the Carbon County Arts Guild at (406) 446-1370.

For additional free summer programs organized by the Arts Guild, mark your calendar for Montana Shakespeare in the Parks performance of The Merry Wives of Windsor, July 10 and the Labor Day Arts Fair, Sept. 2. Both of these events will be at Lions Park, in Red Lodge.

Through May 25, winter hours are in effect from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday, and Wednesday through Friday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and closed Sunday and Tuesday. Summer hours are May 26 through Sept. 30 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday.

The mission of the Carbon County Arts Guild & Depot Gallery is to support, inspire, and encourage all artists. Reaching out, the Carbon County Arts Guild & Depot Gallery provides art education and exposure to the visual, performing and literary arts for the benefit of the broadest possible audience.

For more information call the Guild at (406) 446-1370 or go to carboncountydepotgallery.org.

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