Pictograph News and Events
Keeping Track of things is important.
Artist atop a rock ledge in Montana (Swan Range in background).
2019 has been a busy year for Paula. Getting settled into her renovated studio, answering letters and emails, and short day trips to obtain red earth have kept the artist hopping throughout the fall and into winter.
As things wind down a bit and we enter into January, also known to the Anishinaabe as the Gichimanidoo-giizis (Great Spirit Moon), Paula will spend time grinding red earth into paint pigment and gathering up materials necessary for her work in the year ahead.
The artist wishes to thank all the people who have faithfully supported her work throughout the year and who have contributed to the preservation of pictographs in North America and beyond.
We are halfway through summer and the second week of July is the first time we’ve experienced any truly hot weather here in western Montana. The big news is that Paula has moved back into her remodeled studio and is very pleased about the improved light.
The first quarter of 2019 has been a very busy time for Paula. Once again, dividing her time between work at college, painting, and research in the field has found the artist moving in all directions. Emails and inquiries have started to pile up however Paula faithfully answers all correspondence within 7 days, so we thank you for your patience.
Here at the beginning of May, we're still experiencing cooler than normal temperatures and snow in many parts of the state. This is not unusual in the Big Sky Country were we have an old saying;
"In Montana, there are 3 times of year, either winter has just ended, or winter is just beginning, or it is winter."
Montana Spring 2019
2018 has been an extremely busy time for Paula. Balancing her scholastic work and fulfilling commissions has barely left time for her to answer the many questions and inquiries that have been sent in by everyone. For those of you that have patiently waited for your orders, we are grateful for your steady perseverance and very much appreciate your kind comments and responses.
In other news - we are saddened to report that at the close of the 2018 Membership Year, the Indian Arts and Crafts Association will cease to exist.
Over the years, IACA was a powerful voice in terms of protecting and preserving authentic American Indian Art. Because of the inability of association membership to provide leadership into the future, the IACA Board of Directors elected to dissolve the association at the April, 2018 Board of Directors meeting.
Remaining funds will therefore be granted to The Heard Museum, The Heard Museum Guild, and The Heard Museum Library and Archives. In addition, all historic records will go to the Heard Museum Library and Archives for their permanent archives.
The IACA gives thanks to John D. Kennedy who had the vision to establish the Indian Arts and Crafts Association in 1974, and to all of those who have so kindly volunteered over the years to continue to serve IACA in a board capacity. These people are legendary.
All of the IACA members were a part of history. And we are confident that those former members will continue to "Promote, Preserve and Protect" Authentic American Indian Art.
December 2017 marks ten years since the passing of Anishinaabe (Ojibwe) artist Norval Morrisseau; the Grandfather of the Woodland School of Art. In honor of the great Morrisseau and his valuable contributions to her people, Paula has undertaken a series of paintings that reflect her early stylized works, which were directly inspired by Morrisseau, who was frequently referred to as; the "Picasso of the North."
24" x 36" Acrylic on tempered board
The opening for Paula's show to benefit the Lewistown Art Center and the Bear Gulch Pictographs site was a great success. The artist would like to thank LAC Executive Director; Mary Callahan-Baumstark, the staff of Lewistown Art Center, and all the art patrons who supported this event.
Lewistown Art Center (left to right): Ray Vodicka; Bear Gulch Tour Guide and Caretaker, Macie Lundin-Ahlgren; Executive Director of Bear Gulch Pictograph site, The Artist, and Mary Callahan-Baumstark; Executive Director of the Lewistown Art Center. (photo taken at Lewistown Art Center, MT)