Dangerous: A Mural Arts Competition, September 2017

Fourteen artists submitted 20 mural art pieces with a message geared toward raising our political consciousness with the hopes of making our world a better place. The winning piece, titled, “Grow #7”,  was painted on the side of the building at 120 North Main Street, home of Green Door Gallery and Wheatgrass Saloon. 

There is nothing more dangerous than someone who wants to make the world a better place.” ~ Banksy

Parker Beckley’s Grow #7 is the piece that was chosen by a panel of local judges. Of his work, Parker says: “I work with local farms and producers constantly. I believe many of the global problems we face today have at least one root of their solution in food. Something we all do multiple times each day, we truly are what we eat and that impact shouldn’t be taken for granted.  I think it’s incredibly important in this age for artists and growers to work together to inform, inspire and educate those around that even our most simple of daily choices affect systems far beyond our individual selves. The parallels of art and farming range far and wide, but at their core they both require immense amounts of patience and dedication. Technique and skill are necessary but there are also forces we can’t control. At times both farming and art making require at least a bit of blind faith. The way to a successful harvest is the continued work and care, day after day, learning and growing as you go.”

 

 

Parker Beckley is a working artist in Missoula, Montana. A graduate of the University of Montana’s Fine Arts program with an emphasis in painting and photography, Parker now finds himself working in a countless array of mediums. From graphic design, animation, sculpture/3D to street art, printmaking, event orientated performances, on and on, his mediums shift to match the desired intent of each body of work.

Parker Beckley on street art:  “I think part of the beauty of street art is in its tendency to be overlooked and ignored by many, and the almost certainty of its impermanence. The walls will be painted over, that brief moment in time disappearing forever. Sometimes the messages are loud and to the point while others capture these quiet moments and thoughts in the most silent corners and alleyways. The process of hand cutting intricate stencils and repeated spraying leads to a fairly quick and natural deterioration of the stencils themselves, in a way guaranteeing their relatively short lifespans. I’ve been creating stencils for over a decade now and still learn new techniques and ideas every time I create.  Street art has this special relationship in that it is tied directly to its environment, the statement and context can change dramatically based on the location they are placed in.
To younger artists I would say that I hate seeing bad street art, especially bad street art placed in seemingly pointless places (garbage tags thrown up on the side of small mom and pop shops, pointless vandalism, etc.) I don’t see the point in breaking the law and risk getting caught unless you really, really have something pertinent to share. It’s often pretty easy to get permission if you’ve put the time in to develop your craft. As with anything.”

 

 

 

Living in Paradise, September 2018

One of Traci Jo’s sketches for 3-dimensional figures.

Traci Jo Isaly has been pursuing a mixed-media approach to the creation of archetypal figures for 14 years. It is an inexhaustible medium. On September 28th, her show Living in Paradise opened at Green Door Gallery for the fourth art walk of the season. Our area is rich in culture, characters and wild creatures of both the human and non-human sort. Mixing it up, she has created a collection of archetypal figures that reflect where she lives, dreams and works to to make the world a better place.

Into the Void, August 2018

Artist, Carla Pagliaro brought a new body of work, Into the Void, to Green Door Gallery. Of these new works, Carla says, “these paintings reflect my feelings about these troubled times, and about death. I never expected to do anything figurative, but these sculptures felt more right than anything else.” For more about Carla Pagliaro and her new work, enjoy this interview by Rachel Hergett from the Bozeman Chronicle.

#MeToo: A Visual Dialogue, July 2018

#MeToo: A Visual Dialogue, with works by six artists: Jane Deschner, Angie Froke, John Garre, Traci Isaly, Tandy Riddle and Cathryn Reitler. Over a decade ago, Tarana Burke created the “Me Too” movement to raise awareness of the pervasiveness of sexual abuse and assault in society. The movement was popularized by actress Alyssa Milano in the fall of 2017 when she encouraged women to tweet it to “give people a sense of the magnitude of the problem.” Since then, the hashtag has spread virally and the phrase has been posted online millions of times, often with an accompanying personal story of sexual harassment or assault. In this exhibit voices will be heard through images. What began as a relatively straight-forward movement in which newly empowered women were outing men, #MeToo has come to involve all genders as it looks at the prevalence of the abuse of power in the context of gender, class and race. To what extent can our voices come together and work toward a collective truth and toward a holistic approach to health in community? The hope is to create an exchange of telling and listening that is helpful in the move toward awareness, change, healing and prevention.

Mask Artistry

We kicked off the series on June 22nd with  Stephanie Campbell’s Mask Artistry: Faces of the Elements. In the two and a half years since artist Stephanie Campbell retired from a 33-year career as a theater professor at MSU, she has found a new calling in Mask Artistry and the creation of almost 50 masks. Each is uniquely designed from all natural materials, and each has a back story to integrate the emotional/physical/mental/spiritual aspects of the masks. Mask Artistry is an investigation of who we are within the masks, and what each may represent or trigger within our own emotional makeup, as we witness and explore ancient creative traditions and bridge the gap between ordinary reality and the non-ordinary spirit realm.

Joker Cards Bios and Artist Statements

Darla Myers was born in Oregon and now calls Bozeman, MT home. She is a painter and captures the beauty of ordinary moments in the outdoors in her own colorful, evocative style.

Pronghorns are a ubiquitous sight in the West, and to me they appear a bit quiet and unassuming. I believe you’ve always got to watch out for the quiet ones as they are often full of pranks and jokes.

Rod Kurtz enjoys using his artistic abilities for community betterment. Anytime he is asked to use his art for a community project he jumps at the opportunity.

The fox seems to be the Joker of the animal kingdom in our area. The changing seasons gave me the idea to make the falling leaves the suits.

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Spade Cards Bios & Artist Statements

ACE
Morena Garcia has been making things with her hands for years; always putting odd pieces together. It is a Montanan trait to restructure the wild into a vision that has a story to tell.

As I started to research the ace of spades, two things became apparent. The first is that we have long associated it with the greatest triumph: life. The original shape mimics the tree of life. While many associations with the ace are bright and strong, many are cursed. The ace has been used as a symbol of ultimate destruction: in Vietnam, US soldiers would place it in the helmets, mouths, or on the bodies of dead Vietcong. Saddam Hussein’s code name was the ace of spades until his murder. So my piece reflects the human choice to adopt triumph. Dull this tree’s colors until it is nothing more than black. While this is what we can do, the tree’s roots still go deep and have a chance to touch its former brilliant life filled glory.

TWO
Lyn StClair is a Montana artist who finds inspiration in the creatures that live in the Northern Rockies and in the views seen between her horse’s ears.

“Double Pounce of Spades” began with a twist on the rotational symmetry of classic playing card design. It finished with a pair of pouncing foxes for a touch of wild Montana.

THREE
Kaitlin Kaiser is an enthusiastic adventurist, yogi, and creator. She loves to explore different mediums from charcoal to acrylic on surfboards and has recently began dabbling in watercolor. She uses nature for inspiration and often incorporates ambiguous and ironic situations into her work in attempt to lighten the mood and the heart.

When I picked the three of spades I knew that I wanted to use watercolor and originally envisioned a black and white snowy scene with Ponderosa Pine trees representing three spades. As I began painting a few drafts though the piece took on a punny direction that so often speaks to me, and voilà I dug the three black spades.

FOUR
Blynne Froke is a retired English teacher living in Northern California. She possesses an ever-growing passion for birds, but the raven has always been her favorite. She has enjoyed making friends with the from California to Alaska.

Ravens are the most intelligent of birds displaying a wide variety of moods from serious to playful. They communicate generously and remember individual peoples faces for years; sometimes sharing them beyond their own generation.


FIVE
Bonnie Lynn Watton is a professional landscape designer and enjoys working in various mediums. She enjoys painting, working with markers, botanical artwork (pressed flowers), floral arranging, photography, hand applique and drywall carvings. Bonnie has been teaching creative arts and landscaping classes for community education programs since 1999.

I grew up in a family that played card games for entertainment. Although I loved the games, I never understood why the cards were so boring in design and color. I wanted to create a whimsical, colorful card that people would enjoy looking at.

SIX
Buff Brown graduated from Philadelphia College of Art in 1979, with an MFA in Photography. He is a musician, having played electric blues harmonica for the last 40 years.

Sam Spade came almost simultaneously with choice of the six of spades. I used colored pencils on the black and white print and sandpaper to distress the overall look of the card.

SEVEN
Parker Beckley is a multi-media artist from Missoula, Montana. From murals and graphic design to weird, performance art-esque events and more, he’s constantly trying to learn and grow as an artist/person.

Seven of Space, get it? I went to Art School.

EIGHT
Beth Gregory is a metalsmith and owner of b gregory jewelry. She creates original designs in silver, gemstones, and enameled copper, using primarily recycled metals.

My goal with this piece was to create an image with a vintage look and a whimsical tone, using recycled materials and found objects

NINE
Jo Newhall has been a long-time educator, in the classroom and outdoors. When she is not in the classroom or in the mountains she can be found creating in her studio. Her medium is clay, which she uses to hand-build playful pots inspired by nature and children.

As a clay artist I look to the natural world for inspiration. With the 9 of spades I found my muse in a murder of crows and aspen trees.

TEN
Sarah Faye was born in Livingston and encouraged from a young age to follow her heart. She has a vision and color palette full of passion and vibrancy. She creates art through invoking emotion and painting in a moving meditation.

I strive to inspire and create a space for meditation and reflection.

JACK
Linda Barnsley felt the call of the west a decade ago and relocated from Maryland to Montana.  She now enjoys working in both oils and acrylics, capturing the expressions and textures of the wildlife and natural world surrounding her.

Upon hearing of this project, a jackalope just popped into my head.
Note: A “jackalope” is a combination of a “jackrabbit” and an “antelope,” though a jackrabbit is not a rabbit and a pronghorn is not an antelope and antelopes don’t have antlers they have horns, my apologies.

QUEEN
Trish Wild is a Montana native. She paints visions of colorful images inspired by nature and the beauty of life in the west. In addition to being a full-time artist, Trish is the founder and leader of Montana Horse Archers, a Livingston-based affiliate of Horse Archery USA.

The Queen of Spades in Tarot represents female intelligence and independence. I have painted this Horse Archer Queen to represent a powerful feminine agent of change.

KING
Storrs Bishop has lived in Livingston since the mid-nineties and has shown his work in many of Livingston’s galleries since 2002. He searches for meaning to life’s great questions through the creative process using a variety of media, including photography, printmaking and mixed media.

On a project where we are combining functionality with interpretation I wanted to stay fairly literal to the assigned subject. By interpreting the King of spades through a pun and inverting the royal status of the face card to a gravedigger, I hope to give the poker player a moment’s pause before she bets the farm on a king-high hand.

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Heart Cards Bios & Statements

ACE
Cheryl Watson Cooney developed her graphic skills while pursuing an MFA in Interior Design from SCAD. In addition to paper goods, she works in a variety of mediums and has a studio for her brand, 18 Letter, in the Cactus Blossom Collective.

I drew up my first batch of kale in 2015 as a series for a kale themed calendar – a Kalendar, as it were. Soon after, I noticed that two leaves of kale easily made a heart so when this project came along, I knew what I had to do.

TWO
Katie Sisum is a modern stained-glass artist who pushes the boundaries of traditional thought by allowing people to view the medium beyond classical church windows and into colorful, movement inspiring pieces. Using traditional techniques, combined with hand made patterns, original art glass and spun hot glass, she creates panels that invite the viewer to recall their favorite pastimes and memories or perhaps simply invite them to use their fingertips and explore glass as they have never done before.

The two of hearts is a special card as it inherently evokes a sense of two people, two things, coming together. I created this glass window with the idea of these two bicycles out searching for their sole mate.

THREE
Vicky Ouellette’s second language is the artistic mediums through which she seeks to express the ineffable. At 21, she is traveling the country with pen, camera, sketchbook, and curiosity at hand.

I wanted to represent three universal states of being that are familiar to the human heart: heart broken, love struck, and radiant, unconditional love. The cracked and aching heart is guarded and razor-sharp to the touch, the heart in love endures the piercing mix of both the pain and joy that comes from loving another, and the heart that loves unconditionally radiates its splendor in all directions.

FOUR
Betsy Hall, with over 700 portraits to her credit, continues to capture the unique personality of her subjects with a lightheartedness that has always been her signature style.

As a portrait artist, it seemed fitting to paint recognizable local kids for my card. I created this colorful, happy scene referencing photos I took of the girls blowing bubbles and leaping up to pop them.

FIVE
Charissa Reid is a graphic artist for Yellowstone National Park and pursues fine art, quality gin, and her love of human beings in her spare time from her perch along the mighty Yellowstone River.

I created this piece to represent the love that rules in my family. My family isn’t perfect, but I certainly hope my love for them comes close.

SIX
Christine Tiscione has been a successful artist in the traditional style for 40 years. It is through the beautiful landscapes and wildlife of Paradise Valley that she finds her inspiration.

I thought that I would have some fun with this piece. The majesty of the elk herd crossing our front meadow each winter is very close to my heart.

SEVEN
Bev Rice is an award-winning quilter and has always had of love of fabrics and a desire to create with fabric.

I was honored to participate in this community project to share some fabric art with all the other forms of art involved in this exhibit.

EIGHT
Jessi Konley is the owner, designer, creator, seamstress, boss lady, weaver, and mess maker at Red Dog Leather Goods; which specializes in designing and creating bags.
Her studio space is nestled in the heart of downtown Livingston, where she resides with her family.

Not unlike my bags this piece is an inspired design, with the unlikely union of leather and timeless vintage textiles. There is a layering of natural materials, with hand dyed, hand-tooled and block printed elements.

NINE
Debbie Perryman has always dabbled in art, not anything in particular just anything she could get her hands on to throw herself into a creative fog. She has recently taken some watercolor classes and is trying to figure out her own techniques.

I really did not know where I was going with this until the Maple leaf decided to take over the Canvas. By then I realized that Fly Fishing is so much more beautiful in the colors of Autumn that’s when it all started coming together.

TEN
Tandy Miles Riddle is an artist. Once she rode horseback into the mountains and didn’t come back for four months.

I am very interested in the history of playing cards. I love that “10” contains all elements of binary code and that hearts are a touchstone for “love.”

JACK
Denis Ouellette is an artist, editor, publisher and Photoshop teacher living in Livingston with his wife, Jill. He has two adult daughters, Vicky and Shelly, who are also contributing to this Card Deck.

The idea just came to me when I saw the card I drew. Although the signature placement
puts the current President on top, FEEL FREE to hang this any way you want.

QUEEN
Traci Jo Isaly lives and works out of her home and studio located on the Bozeman Pass. Her youngest daughter, Ruby, has diagnosed her with creative ADHD. Living with creative ADHD has its challenges, but Traci has learned to navigate the pitfalls and has assured family and friends that she will continue on her creative binge until the world is a more peaceful place to live. Traci believes whole -heartedly that love; love of the ARTS, and creative endeavors is what will save planet earth.

While traveling on the Oregon coast last year, I found a little treasure at a dusty old bookshop in Lincoln City. The treasure was a wonderful old book on the history and birth of what we now refer to as a deck of cards, complete with artfully detailed illustrations. I snatched it up as a muse for the making of my figure…Queen of Hearts.

KING
Sarah Homans studied drawing and painting at the University of Iowa and the Lacoste School of the Arts. Her work has dipped through many mediums over the years but continually searches to highlight hidden worlds and microcosms via abstract compositions.

The inspiration for my card, the King of Hearts, felt quite clear and obvious to me right out of the gate: Martin Luther King JR. In the face of outrageous hatred, he emanated an almost visible glow of love. I abstracted his profile in a sort of jungle themed collage- this world has been feeling like a hate heavy jungle, in critical need of love to heal.

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Diamond Cards Bios & Artist Statements

ACE
Nicole Santucci is an interdisciplinary artist and designer living, working, and playing in Livingston, Montana. Born and raised on a ranch in a windswept and unincorporated area, she owes her outlook on both art and life to knowing the middle of nowhere like the back of her hand. A good deal of Nicole’s work explores landscapes, humans, and what they might have to do with one another.

Cards often play roles as symbols of chance, luck, randomness, serendipity, and
mystery. This piece slightly departs from a classic ace of diamonds design and
references a mysterious experience in which lyrics about diamonds took on a new
dimension for me after I was gifted a Payson Diamond by a wandering and wounded
prospector on the streets of Moab.

TWO
Kay Potter is a Livingston artist who grew up under the skies of Montana. She is inspired by the beauty of the world around her and by the joy that art adds to the world.

This piece was made to be the 2 of diamonds, and so I had to find a way to put diamonds into a painting seamlessly. A recent trip out into Paradise Valley gave me my location, and the winds of Livingston gave me the activity- flying Kites!

THREE
Tony Moore has enjoyed myriad adventures, some wild, some mild, kayaking, exploring the canyons of the Colorado Plateau for over 50 years, coaching nearly 30 youth sports teams, compiling hundreds of hiking miles and thousands of river miles and has gardened extensively and supplied free produce to the community for 30 years.

Living in a small apartment down the alley from the Big Dipper is a toy poodle name Daisy, an energetic yet oft careless dog who love to camp, chase balls and voles and ride on her boogie board in the clean western Montana lakes. But, what Daisy likes best, as represented in the card art, can be summarized by this statement from Daisy herself as she harkens to the poignant strains of the mandolin: “Put my diamonds on, fix my hair up pretty, and me walking in the Garden City.”

FOUR
Kathryn Borneman got a terrific piece of advice years ago that she took to heart “Try to do something creative every day, it will keep you sane.” She’s been wrestling with that ever since.

I’m exploring the relationships between midlife crisis and skateboard ethics, with influences from all my local heroes. What starts out as hope becomes debased into a manifesto of lust, leaving a sense of what could have been and a chance of a new beginning.

FIVE
Dean Nelson has worked in visual arts for more than 30 years, from Producing Educational Television in the Arctic, to shooting award-winning TV commercials in the Caribbean, Canada, the UK and France. While his favorite subjects are expansive landscape vistas he takes on hikes throughout the Rockies and the Desert Southwest with his large format film camera, he does enjoy the flexibility of digital equipment for wildlife.

The juxtaposition of a landscape/wildlife theme with an abstract concept like a number
and geometric shape was a challenge I found amusing. I spent months looking for
repetitive designs in as natural a setting as possible and was blessed when a bluebird
showed up for a cameo to complete the story
.

SIX
Aja Shade has a degree in Sculpture from Hartford Art School. She does art in her garage since she can’t park her Jeep in there.

During the creation of this piece, I tried not to be too literal, focused on layering textures, and saw three hobo spiders in aforementioned garage.

SEVEN
Lorin Pope is an artist from Livingston, MT who loves to focus on large scale mural work.  Her public work can be found at Jam! and Tarantino’s In Bozeman, MT, and at Saketome Sushi in Missoula, MT.

In trick-taking cards games the7 of diamonds known as the “beer card” where if the winning player wins the last trick with this card, his partner must buy him a beer.  This rule is not an official rule, so I felt a snake would best represent this card for its striking ability.

EIGHT
Paul Andresini is the youngest of four children, was raised by a single mother who is an accomplished painter. He grew up working in a variety of mediums – – from painting to pottery and metal work. These explorations led him to his 13-year career in tattooing – – currently at Sacred Images in Bozeman. His focus is now split between tattooing and painting while his love and exploration of the arts continues to grow.

As the theme was “Queen of the Arts,” I went to my roots in American traditional tattooing and tried to capture a strong, yet elegant, “Dancing Queen,” as well as trying to create what I believe would make an aesthetically pleasing playing card, since that was the overall goal.

NINE
Jodi Litchfield began working with stained glass after years of fascination with its ability to change light and mood.  She aspires to perfect the craft while bringing original and unique artistry to each piece.

There are two very different outlooks to this seemingly ordinary card. To the Scots, the nine of diamonds is the unluckiest card in the deck.  According to tarot, drawing this card calls on the abundance you enjoy will allow you the freedom to be yourself.

TEN
Rachel Rhoden is originally from Louisiana, but since moving to Montana she finds herself continually inspired by the beautiful landscape and wildlife of the area. She creates wildlife portraits mostly in oil, but loves adding the unexpected touch of copper and gold leaf elements.

I am constantly inspired by wildlife while creating art, so for the 10 of diamonds a diamondback snake felt like a natural choice. This is a very different style for me, but it was a fun challenge designing something out of my comfort zone.

JACK
Parks Reece has, for 40 years, lived and painted in Livingston, Montana where he roams the mountains, rivers and taverns, often in pursuit of wild game, fish, and the occasional rattlesnake. “His mind is across the boundaries of nations, and reaches the deepest heart of every audience.” Yan Zhuping, Curator, 188ART, Shanghai, China.

Ever since I used to play poker with a jack rabbit that lived behind the house I have wanted to do a portrait of him and the diamond that he kept in his den. He was sharp, and I usually lost but it was always fun.

QUEEN
Angie Froke spent 6 years not completing her AA in Fine Art and Art History at Las Positas College in Livermore Ca. She has shown work at galleries in California, Oregon and Montana and is co-owner of Raised by Wolves Studios.

“Queen of Diamonds” was inspired by both the All-American Girls Baseball League and the pin ups of the era.

KING
Jeffery Wood is a sophomore at Park High School who loves sports and excels in math. This is his first art show experience.

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Club Cards Bios & Artist Statements

ACE
Adrienne Pollard is an artist/graphic designer. Pollard’s approach is rooted in the premise that good art and design are essentially problem solving—organizing images and words to clearly communicate a message with simplicity and intelligence.

Historically, the four suits in a pack of cards can be read as symbols of society and human energy, with Clubs representing both the peasantry and achievement through work, while in the ancient mystical science of playing cards (also known as the Cards of Life), the Ace of Clubs represents a quest for knowledge. Hence this Ace of Clubs incorporates imagery representative of a worker, a searcher, and other symbols of knowledge and learning.

TWO
Rachel Larson Long is an art educator and art therapist, living in Billings, Montana. She most frequently works in acrylic and mixed media, combining representational and symbolic imagery.

This whimsical image features the reflection of a tree on the banks of the Yellowstone River. I wanted to create a double image to include the 2 of clubs in a local setting.

THREE
Kateri Béchard is the daughter of a Canadian artist and is originally from Montreal, Canada. She has been showing her paintings since 1985, exhibited with the McCord Museum in Montreal, and sold her paintings and bronze sculptures to clients in the United States and Canada.

I wanted to create a humorous card that would remind you of a Montana fairy tale, and black bear cubs playing in a tree with a beehive nearby is about as good as it gets! It was also quite easy to see the “Clubs” in their round ears and bluish black coat.

FOUR
Malou Flato’s landscapes, over the past 30 years, have become part of the Montana landscape. She paints lively work executed by a technique that is hers alone: acrylic paint on Japanese paper applied to canvas.

The image on my playing card is from my garden in an old horse corral in Pray, MT. I thought clubs look like clover.

FIVE
Laura Poinsette deals in daydreams, portraying nature and humanity in an imagined light. She reengineers her daily commute, conversations, and dog breath, in playful and peculiar ways. Her work is a tribute to the ridiculous ideas that animate and keep us curious.

SIX
Rebecca Ruhd is a Livingston native making a quiet adventure of life. While working and raising a family in the real world, Rebecca is working out the ways to keep the Artist Within from starving.

The suit of clubs is historically represented either by a fleur or a baton; symbolizing the peasantry. I took my inspiration in the delicate and brutal existence of the common life of the great many.

SEVEN
Michelle Ouellette is currently studying the preservation of biocultural diversity and Indigenous ways of being, majoring in Social Justice at Prescott College in Arizona. Her other interests include practicing and teaching yoga, cooking delicious vegan foods, outdoor adventuring, and art.

One of my passions has recently become rock climbing, so I was inspired to draw towering cliffs capped with fields of flowers. They ended up resembling the beautiful White Cliffs of Dover, a famous array of strikingly vertical cliffs located along the southern coastline of England.

EIGHT
Lani McKay, originally from Hawai’i, has lived in Livingston for over 6 years now. Here in Montana, her work can currently be found hanging in The Soup Bar, Neptune’s Brewery, Faye’s Café, The Stafford Animal Shelter, 14 North Restaurant (in Bozeman), Saketome Sushi and Michi Ramen bar (both in Missoula).

Both shapes (the clubs suit and an 8) can be found in the geometric pattern called The Flower of Life, an ancient design referenced in many cultures around the world.  I played with that imagery as well as the similarity between the clubs symbol and a three-leaf clover.  Finally, I represented the figure 8, with a yoga pose that requires two people to create an infinity symbol.

NINE
Kate Helin-Burnette is a new, but accomplished artist who works mainly in 2D media. She is currently majoring in Studio Art as a freshman at St. Olaf College and has spent the past year studying art abroad in Italy and Greece as well as at home in her own studio.

I chose to depict the suit of my card using its real-life counterpart. The shamrocks and their two reflections, three groups of three, play tribute to the numerical quality of the number nine.

TEN
Marnie Gannon is a sporadic artist. She creates when the spirit moves her. She spends much of her creative energy in her garden.

I was assigned the final card. I took the over-looked 10 of Clubs and put a spin on what a ‘club’ is and came up with ten of them!

JACK
Wille Rainingcloud Ramirez

QUEEN
Elizabeth Rock Waddington, retired librarian and art teacher, has returned to her art roots. She grew up in a family of multigenerational artists where materials were always available to experiment with and encouragement for self-expression was freely given.

I created this Queen to show the maiden aspect that each woman must carry with her for life.  The eyes wide open, head in the stars, slightly wild (or at least uninhibited) inner child encourages discovery along the path to becoming a crone or elder wise woman.

KING
Rodman Froke has recently retired from a lifetime bookselling career and is taking up pen and pencil again. He lives in Larkspur, California. He is the father of local artist, Angie Froke.

I have been doodling apes and hominids, real and imaginary, for years.

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