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Dear Friends and Supporters,
Many of you know my wife Terri and I originally got involved with Paris Gibson Square Museum of Art through our children Adrienne and Zach. When we reflect on the Square, we contemplate many things. Not only do we think about contemporary art, we also think about education. These significant services compel me to financially support and serve on the Board of Directors at the Square.
Through many classes offered at the Square, our kids were each able to develop their inner artist. We were filled with joy when Zach found a way to transcend physical limitations of Duchenne muscular dystrophy through his art. By channeling his abilities, Zach inspired countless others, and his work was later featured in a solo exhibition. To honor his short life that ended at age 19, an installation entitled Updraft was created by his instructor Lisa Easton. The Square honors Zach’s contributions annually with a Merit of Distinction Award.
Culture is not always what we think of first when we talk about the Square. However, it is indeed an important pillar in our mission. From special classes and lectures to events, the Square offers opportunities to get involved and make a difference. Soundscapes on Canvas, Chefs and Champagne, Northwest Film Festival and Arts on Fire are just a few. Over $130,000 in donations are needed annually to support educational opportunities and dynamic exhibits, like the Manel Alavarez and Val Knight exhibits hosted in 2015.
Last but certainly not least, we think about the history of this architectural treasure. Both the cornerstone and founding documents are now 120 years old. During a recent meeting with key stakeholders, we developed a plan dedicated to preserving our local history. The Square’s original purpose of being an educational institution lives on in our daily classroom work, and a newly planned exhibition will pay a meaningful visual tribute to the Square’s rich cultural history in northcentral Montana.
As the year comes to a close, we pause to reflect and give thanks to those who have impacted us. Our life has been enriched because of the programs at the Square. Please join my family in supporting the Square’s 501c3 nonprofit organization mission to promote Art, Education, Culture, and History: the four sides of The Square. Your end-of-year tax-deductible gift can be mailed, dropped off at 1400 First Avenue North or CLICK HERE. Credit card gifts may also be made over the phone or in person. Those who contribute more than $75.00 will receive the Square’s special ornament designed by local artist Sheree Nelson. We hope you enjoy this lovely gift that celebrates both our history and bright future!
With sincere gratitude,
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Shop the Square Artist Spotlight - Fran Carlson
For the Months of February and March, Paris Gibson Square Museum of Art's gift shop, "Shop The Square", will be showcasing Artist Frances Carlson.
Admission to Paris Gibson Square Museum of Art is free, a gift to our community from Farmers Union Insurance.