Western Waters: Gesine Janzen
April 22, 2019 - July 15, 2019
“These drawings and prints are based on the lakes, reservoirs, rivers and streams, dams, levees, and empty creek beds that I observed on my travels across Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, Utah, and Arizona between 2017 and 2018. Water is represented in its many states: low water and high water, frozen and unfrozen, stagnant, free-flowing, and dried-up. Its power and abundance are presented alongside evidence of manipulation, fragility and scarcity. Water crashes and roars over rocks, it laps at river banks and meanders slowly across the land. I am drawn to it because of its enduring nature: it keeps going over time, on and on, eternally finding its way. Large ink drawings transform my observations into gestural abstract compositions that embody the landscape and create the sensation of water in its various forms.” - Janzen
Gesine Janzen’s artwork has been shown in numerous exhibitions across America, including a recent solo show at the Missoula Art Museum in Montana and group shows in New York City, Boston, and Los Angeles. Additionally, her artwork has been published in many professional publications such as “Art in Print”, and she has been a visiting artist and workshop instructor in Berlin, Germany, and Poznan, Poland. Janzen’s artwork is included in multiple corporate and public collections, such as the Hallmark Collection in Kansas City and the Artist/Printmaker Research Collection at the Museum of Texas Tech University. She studied art at Bethel College and at the University of Kansas. In 1998 she received an MFA in Printmaking from the University of Iowa. She was a lecturer in printmaking at the University of Missouri in Kansas City and the Kansas City Art Institute and worked as Assistant Printer at the Lawrence Lithography Workshop in Lawrence, Kansas and Kansas City, Missouri for three years. Gesine is Associate Professor of Art and Head of Printmaking at Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana.
GFPS Annual Student Exhibition
April 5, 2019 - May 15, 2019
See artwork from all Great Falls Public schools on display. Grades K-12 are represented in a wide variety of media from ceramic sculpture, drawing, and painting.
Take Care: Monica Thompson
March 7- May 24, 2019
Monica Thompson lives and works in Missoula, Montana. She studied Fibers and Graphic Design at the University of Michigan and Textiles at the Penland School of Crafts in Penland, NC, where she was awarded the Edwina Bringle Scholarship for a student showing excellence in textiles. She has exhibited in solo and juried group exhibitions throughout Montana and the northwest, including the Missoula Art Museum annual auction, the Zootown Art Community Center Mini Show, and the Montana MADE fair. Thompson teaches Elementary art in the Missoula County Public Schools. "In my work, I am striving for order while simultaneously compelled to create chaos, resulting in tension and harmony between these two seemingly incongruous states of being. Inspired by the purity and austerity of Japanese textile processes, I look to deconstruct and re-assemble these ideas to reflect my Midwestern upbringing. Also at play is the inspiration I find in my current home of Montana and the fauna found within. The result is a deliberate mismatch of themes punctuated by abundant color and rich pattern. Technically, I use hand-dyed cotton and silk, which is then often printed on; purposefully choosing impractical labors with the intention of instilling self-imposed purity in my process."