Linda Williams, acting for Erin Graf, called the meeting to order and reminded attendees to silence their cell phones.

She made a few announcements telling members not to forget about the excellent exhibition opening on Thursday, March 22nd at the Yellowstone Art Museum in Billing, entitled “Emil Carlsen: Conscious Painting.”  The exhibit is touring America, with its first stop being in Billings and is on exhibition until July 8th. In conjunction with the Carlsen exhibition is an exhibit by Clyde Aspevig.  SMArts members visited his studio last year and learned that Clyde had a number of Carlsen’s in his collection and is a great admirer.  Carol Guzman had a handout and it was noted that there is information on the SMArts website about the exhibit.

Also, she announced that the Bozeman Art Museum is sponsoring a workshop by Timothy Cunningham from Vermont from July 9th through the 12th   This is a four day plein air workshop and interested members should contact Linda Williams for more information.  They are also working on a fall workshop with Carolyn Anderson, world renown painter.

Linda told members to stay tuned for information on an art lecture series by the Bozeman Art Museum that will be held at the Museum of the Rockies. She asked that anyone who has any interest in being a volunteer for any of the programming of BAM please contact Erin or Linda. They are actively looking for volunteers for our teaching program which will continue in the fall.

Linda thanked Suzan Stroble, Betty Hackman, and Kristin Holley for the goodies and Priscilla Westesen for the coffee and tea.

April is the swap month so members can bring in art supplies and frames that they would like to sell and have them priced.

Grace Dyke said that four new books on textiles were donated by Pat Hamlin and are now part of the library for people to check out.

The Art Challenge for March was dominant color.  There were seven paintings (landscapes, a portrait, and a bison) and one piece of fabric art which showed dominant color.  Next month’s challenge is “Through the Window.”  This can be done in any medium and can show things through a window and lights coming through a window and highlighting a scene.  Open to individual interpretation,

Next month’s speaker is Carol Guzman Aspevig.

Marsha Wendel - Presenting at Southwest Montana Arts meetingFollowing a break for refreshment and socializing, Linda introduced the speaker Marcia Wendel.

An artistic prodigy, Marcia Wendel sold her first painting at the age of 7 at the prestigious Norton Museum of Art in Palm Beach, FL. There is no doubt that Marcia had an inherent penchant for the arts. She grew up surrounded by an extensive exposure to art and design. Her mother, Jane Wendel, was a highly regarded interior designer in Palm Beach with the majority of her clients listed in the Fortune 500. Over the years, they traveled to Europe meeting and designing furniture and accessories with Italian artisans.

After college, Marcia became an artist for the Florida Natural History Museum painting panoramas for the permanent exhibits. The curators and scientists expected all the images that she painted to be exact… down to the last feather which appealed to her love of accuracy and detail.

Austin, TX was her home for 16 years. Marcia received a commission from the Hyatt Regency Hotel in downtown Austin. This 33’ long x 5’ high panel of cowboys moving Long Horn cattle along the range set off her 22 year career as a muralist. After returning to Florida, her themes ranged from Kentucky thoroughbred farms to golf course landscapes to the Florida Everglades featuring the tropical fauna and wildlife.

Her murals are found in numerous exclusive country clubs and private homes throughout the US and Europe. She gets just as much pleasure researching extensively for each project as she does from the hands on execution of the work itself.

Family vacations in Big Sky, Montana wooed her permanently to Bozeman in 2007, where she quickly established herself as a Rocky Mountain wildlife artist. Marcia signature is an enhancement of her paintings with the sophisticated, decorative art designs of Montana’s Indian Nations into her scenes, including quotes from the Crow and Blackfeet chief.

When asked “What she gained?” from her move to Bozeman, MT, she replies “Altitude, of course, but also a new perspective and a deep appreciation for the irrepressible, untamed power of nature. I have become obsessed with capturing mere whispers of that energy in motion onto my canvas, and when that happens, it’s lightning in a bottle. It’s thrilling. Magical. There’s no feeling like it.”

“At long last, I have found my true home, where I truly belong,” she said recently in an interview. “I will always be in pursuit of capturing the elusive beauty of the Rockies and it’s wildlife within my art. And for me, that is the art of living well.”
Clients include boldface name such as Michael Dell, Jimmy and Jane Buffett, Rush Limbaugh, Rod Stewart, Becky Fonda, and the Honorable Lloyd George.

Marcia told the group how she marked her murals from her drawings by making pinholes around the designs just like Michelangelo.  Later, she found a machine that would do it.  She would use charcoal dust rubbed over the pinholes to leave the imprint.  She was in fashion design and did many murals.  She also taught in men’s and women’s prisons.

She showed slides of osprey, sandhill cranes, bobcats, other animals, and three portraits.  She incorporates native design in her current paintings since she has moved to Montana.

She recommended the book “Real Artists Don’t Starve” by Jeff Goins to show how many famous artists have journeyed to fame.

Marcia is completing a series of whimsical paintings in oil or acrylic that show Native Americans and animals.  When asked what has inspired her, she said “the need for food, clothing, and shelter.”

The meeting adjourned at 11:00.

Respectfully submitted, 

Cher Genovese, Secretary

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