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John Armstrong On Printmaking & His New Work at the Missoula Art Museum

This Spring, Master Printer John Armstrong is showing "Engaged Abstraction" -- twenty-one new works -- at the Missoula Art Museum's Faith Pickton and Josephine Aresty Gallery. In this multimedia piece, produced by Alexia Beckerling for the Missoula Art Museum, Armstrong explains his process and his inspiration. Click the image to play. From the exhibit: "The twenty-one works to be featured in this solo exhibition were selected from Armstrong’s recent body of work by MAM Exhibitions Curator Stephen Glueckert. These works bring to the forefront the artist’s sensitivity, intuitive color sense, consistent instinct for compositional resolution, and ever present spirit of experimentation. Raised in Laurel, MT, with nine siblings, Armstrong has worn many hats in the art world, both inside and outside of Montana. In addition to being a professional artist, he has been an arts administrator, art educator, businessman, museum board member, press manufacturer, master printer, artist facilitator, designer, installer, and collaborator. His renaissance approach to the art world is rare in this time of specialization. The exhibition is accompanied by an exhibition catalogue highlighting an artist interview. Visit missoulaartmuseum.org for more information." "Engaged Abstraction" runs at the MAM through May 23. Click here for more information.

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Meet Lavender Lori, Missoula Purveyor of Calm

Chances are if you've bought lavender in Missoula, be it in the form of a bouquet or a spritzer or a soap, it has come from a woman most people know as "Lavender Lori." A petite but loud woman with long silvery blond hair and a spritely step cultivates the therapeutic crop in the picturesque Rattlesnake valley, where it grows along the driveway of the Ten Spoon Winery, creating a frame of purple. Once she harvests the lavender, Lori Parr Campell crafts the flowers into the wands, soaps, eye pillows, aromatherapy oil and stress-reducing spritzers that Missoulians pick up to wish and wash the cares of the world away. In this profile, Alexia Beckerling looks at the life and work of "Lavender Lori."

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Conversations with Missoula Artists: Meet Molly Murphy

Missoula is home to a plethora of artists who express themselves in a variety of media. Alexia Beckerling is venturing into the studios and performance venues of a handful of local artists and bringing back multimedia glimpses into their creative worlds. Meet Molly Murphy, a descendant of the Oglala/Lakota tribe, who defines herself as a contemporary sculptural native beadwork artist. Murphy had a solo exhibition at the Missoula Art Museum in March, 2008. Check out previous multimedia profiles of Missoula artists Marcy James, Jason Bohman, Jerry Baldwin, Marty Fromm, Valentina LaPier and Nan Bovingdon.

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Conversations with Missoula Artists: Meet Nan Bovingdon

Missoula is home to a plethora of artists who express themselves in a variety of media. Alexia Beckerling is venturing into the studios and performance venues of a handful of local artists and bringing back multimedia glimpses into their creative worlds. Meet Nan Bovingdon, a Missoula folk musician who brings a musical perspective to America's history by playing a variety of antique instruments.

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Tester Test-Drives Electric Chevy S10

Dr. Paul Williamson, director of Alternative Energy Technologies at the University of Montana, shows Senator Jon Tester a Chevy S10 pickup he developed that runs entirely on electric power. Tester visited the Forest Service Technology Development Center in Missoula today as part of his tour of alternative energy projects across Montana. "This is early generation stuff. It is only going to get better," said Tester. "It is probably the only pick-up in town that runs on chips," he added.

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Conversations with Missoula Artists: Meet Valentina LaPier

Missoula is home to a plethora of artists who express themselves in a variety of media. Alexia Beckerling is venturing into the studios and performance venues of a handful of local artists and bringing back multimedia glimpses into their creative worlds. This week, meet Valentina LaPier, an enrolled member of the Blackfoot tribe who sold her first painting at the age of 14 and is currently working and exhibiting at the Hanging Art Gallery in Arlee.

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Seed Pods

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Tatum Danielle Eames

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America’s Next Top Model

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Sights and Sounds from the National Folk Festival in Butte

Thousands of music lovers from near and far descended upon Butte, Montana this weekend for the 70th National Folk Festival. Festivalgoers ambled among seven different stages taking in music, dance and cultural traditions ranging from zydeco to cowboy poetry to gospel and blues. Enjoy this multimedia glimpse from the festival.

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