The 1956 song by Jim Lowe, Green Door, was the inspiration for the newly designed Green Door Gallery at Wheatgrass Saloon. Thanks to Gigi of Synergigi Designs the gallery has a cohesive look that balances elegance and fun and provides plenty of wall space for artwork throughout the summer as well as year round. The first show, Landmarks & Landscapes of Livingston features art from four different artists: John Zumpano’s photographs of Crow Fair; Tandy Miles Riddles’ paintings of the Livingston Depot and of grain elevators; Tony Demin’s photographs of downtown Livingston and its surrounding valleys; Beth Gregory’s fine silver and enameled copper pieces of the Yellowstone, the Abasaroka mountains and the Teslow building. Proceeds of Beth’s Teslow building pieces will go to the Teslow Preservation Fund. The show will remain up until August 19th.
We will have three more art walks this summer each on the fourth Friday of the month from 5-8pm.
July 28th – August 19th with Natalia Boise’s Badass Beauties: The Culture of Rebellious Femininity.
August 25th- September 16th with Ian Lange’s photographs, Storrs Bishop’s linocuts and Marc Beaudin’s poetry in Murmurations: A Flight of Birds in Imagery & Poetry.
September 22nd – October 21st with a juried show, Dangerous: A Mural Arts Competition. Please check out the competition details and consider entering some pieces. The deadline for entries is September 8, 2017.
A couple of extra bowls for the summer are the Taco Bowl and the Timeless Seeds Hummus Bowl. Both are vegan, gluten-free, plant-based deliciousness. A new kombucha flavor to try is the Mango Habanero. Plenty of bottled, cold-press juices available in the grab ‘n’ go cooler to stick in your cooler for your summer adventures.
Green Dot Sales:
We will continue to add to the “Green Dot” sales table to offer extra affordable gift buying options for you along with the plentiful array of other options in the boutique — earrings, candles, t-shirts, koozies, cards, journals, posters, incense, chocolates, etc.
Apparently we are on the “10 Fridays Until December 25” countdown. Although, since I became aware of this last week, we might now be down to just 9 or 8, maybe.
Oh, the retail world. Stuff. So much stuff. Keeping that in mind and as the owner of a business that sells plenty of stuff, I have put some energy into what is on the shelves. The goal being individuals and villages that in turn support the planet and the people on it. Small business rather than enormous planet- polluting corporations that resort to slave labor conditions to make things en masse.
At Wheatgrass Saloon we have local and regional hand-crafted jewelry by Patricia Buckley and by Sarah Homan and, of course, Beth Gregory‘s awesome pieces!
There is an array of jewelry, clothing, soaps, totes, scarves etc. from co-ops in India and Bolivia whose products sustain jobs for people who have been handcrafting artisan goods for generations. These co-ops partner with women’s groups, minorities, people with special needs, urban slums and isolated rural communities to empower artisans through dignified, sustainable employment. They value safe work conditions, education, the well-being of their partners and the safety of children.
From Montana we have recycled items, like the CAN-dles made in Polson and the earrings, belts, rings and necklaces made in Whitefish using recycled skateboards as well as body care items made in Whitefish, 406 t-shirts printed in Missoula, key fobs hand-crafted in Bonner, locally roasted coffee, and more.
In addition to all of the other downtown Livingston shops available to you, keep Wheatgrass Saloon in mind if you are out and about shopping for friends and family in the next 9 Fridays before December 25th. There is also an excellent used bookstore, Elk River Books, here at 120 North Main. One-stop shopping, lunch included.
This month’s 4th Thursday is October 22nd and Meals on Wheels, Paradise Valleywill be the recipient of 10% of non-consignment sales. Please feel free to come and make a direct donation to them. We will have a tin on the counter at the Juice Bar for direct donations.
Because Thanksgiving falls on November’s 4th Thursday, we will be donating 10% on Small Business Saturday instead.Montana Roots will be the recipient for 10% of sales on Saturday, November 28th.
Montana Roots is a non-profit based in Livingston, and has designed and contructed a 6000 gallon recirculating aquaponic system where they grow food year-round for the community. Wheatgrass Saloon is happy to be able to get our weekly supply of nutrient dense and very beautiful microgreens from Montana Roots. If you have had a Dragon Bowl, you have experienced Montana Roots. Additionally, Montana Roots partners with Montana Awareness Education and Equine Rehab Association (MAERA) to offer a year-round, free program to middle school and high school students that focuses on sustainable agricultural and nature awareness. Students learn how to plant, care, harvest and cook their own food in soil and aquaponically as well as sell their produce at the farmers market.
In the Juice Bar:
As fall turns to winter, we are adding miso soup to the menu. It is made fresh daily and filling enough to be called a meal. Miso Soup is a traditional Japanese soup consisting of a stock called “dashi” that is made with the sea vegetable kombu, pictured below. Into the stock, fermented soy bean paste, called miso, is whisked to create a richer soup base. Many ingredients are added depending on regional and seasonal recipes, and personal preference. At Wheatgrass Saloon, we have a variety of add-ins such as brown rice, adzuki beans, wakame, daikon, bok choy, carrot, shitake mushrooms and beech mushrooms, many of which are sourced locally. It is delicious, easy to digest and warming. The health benefits of miso soup are many and wide-ranging.
On Saturday, November 14th, Wheatgrass Saloon will be serving juice samples at the Fall Health Festival from 7-11 am. Get your blood drawn for the health screen and then come enjoy a flight of our juices: Greentini, Ginger ‘n’ Juice, We Got the Beet and Al Green.
In the Gallery:
Wheatgrass Saloon Gallery Upstairs will host a reception for Ledger Artist, Alaina Buffalo Spirit on Friday, November 6th at 6pm. Alaina is a Cheyenne woman who draws & paints on antique ledger paper just as her ancestors did in the 1860s. Through her art, she becomes a story teller, sharing the images of women and horses.
“Alaina Buffalo Spirit is a self-taught artist from the So’taa’ee band of the Northern Cheyenne Nation, whose work honors the women that made a difference in her life. Alaina Buffalo Spirit’s artwork is based on the traditional ledger art, originated by Indian warriors who were incarcerated in the 1800s. Using the materials that were available to them, these warrior artists recorded their powerful stories through images made on the ledger paper issued by the government for tallying and record-keeping. Inspired by these early images which depicted life on the Plains, both before and during times of conflict, Ms. Buffalo Spirit uses ledger paper made during this period in much of her work.
Ms. Buffalo Spirit began her artistic career in 2004 and has participated in the Northern Plains Indian Art Show in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, the Summer Art Market at the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center in Great Falls, Montana and at Kentucky Crafted, in Louisville, Kentucky. Her work has been featured at the Ancient Traders Gallery in Minneapolis, Minnesota as well as throughout Montana. In 2008, her work was on display at the Museum of the Plains Indian in Browning, Montana and in June of that year was chosen as the cover art for the University of Washington Medical School’s Pediatrics Archives Journal. Most recently, Alaina’s work has been showcased in Kalispell, Montana at the Montana Arts Council Art Showcase.”
-Heart Mountain Wyoming Foundation, 2013
The show runs from October 28th through November 20th. For questions, call Lisa 224-3895.
The rainfall in Livingston will end soon and taking its place will be the unfurling of buds all about town, the return of visitors into town and the beginning of our beautiful summer. We have had a lively winter at Wheatgrass Saloon thanks to word-of-mouth helping to increase our customer base daily.
Summer is one big party in Livingston. Floats on the river, hikes in the hills, the garage door lifting at Gil’s, the patio opening up at Glen’s, Wednesday Farmer’s Markets and of course, our 4th Friday art walks.
Wheatgrass Saloon has increased “wall space” for hanging art this summer. The Upstairs Gallery will hold art walks June – September and for the Holiday Stroll. The first in our 2015 series is titled “Solstice” and is curated by local artist, Beth Gregory. Beth Gregory creates hand-crafted jewelry from fine silver and torch-fired enameled copper. Featured are local and regional artists Beth Gregory (jewelry and metal flowers), Traci Isaly (mixed media), Sonja Jacobson (drawings), Cristina Marian (paintings), Shawna Moore (encaustics) and Katy Nygard (fiber art). The show represents a collection of fresh works celebrating the profusion of color and the gift of renewal bestowed by long summer days.