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Hockaday Museum of Art Celebrates 35 Years with Four New Exhibits


The Hockaday Museum of Art is opening four new exhibitions as it celebrates 35 years of bringing exhibit and education programs to the Flathead Valley of Montana. An opening reception for Retrospectacle-35 Years of Collecting; Montana Modern; The Crown of the Continent: Glacier National Park Permanent Exhibition Gallery; and Flathead Valley Art Educators Show plus a 35th birthday celebration will be held Thursday, January 15, 2004 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Just Us Girls, a popular vocal and piano ensemble, will perform at the reception. (right: Nicholas Oberling, "Happy Birthday Hockaday," oil)


Retrospectacle - 35 Years of Collecting (through March 20)

In celebration of the 35th anniversary of the Hockaday Museum of Art and the centennial of the Carnegie Library Building in which it is housed, Retrospectacle features a selection works from the Museum's Permanent Collection that reflect upon the 35 years of collecting. Works by Ace Powell, Bud Helbig, R.E. Pierce, Frank Hagel, Hugh Hockaday, Bob Scriver, Delbert Gish, Jeanne Hamilton, Paul Surber, Kevin Red Star, Nancy McLaughlin Powell, Gary Schildt, Russell Chatham, as well as other fine artists, will represent the history of the Museum's Collection.


Montana Modern (through March 13)

Many artists in Montana draw, paint and sculpt their impressions of Montana with a modern perspective. Montana Modern will feature the works of 14 Montana artists that reflect the culture of Montana in their work but with a modern flare. Included in this exhibit are works by Rudy Autio, Dana Boussard, Nancy Cawdrey, Gennie DeWeese, Haakon Ensign, George Gogas, Betsey Hurd, Ivan Long, Valentina LaPier, Peter Moore, Marshall Noice, Neil Parsons, John Rawlings, and Theodore Waddell.


The Crown of the Continent: Glacier National Park Permanent Exhibition Gallery

The Hockaday Museum is announcing the opening of a permanent exhibition room focused solely on the art and culture of Glacier National Park. Artists featured in this exhibition gallery will change from time to time, but the Glacier National Park Gallery will always feature the art of Glacier, both past and present. The gallery will make its debut with works by past and present day photographers and painters of the Park, as well as collectibles produced to market the park in its early years. Works by T. J. Hileman, John L. Clarke, Joe Abbrescia, Leonard Lopp, Ace Powell, Winold Reiss, Marshall Noice, Adolph Heinze and many others will be included in the exhibition. (right: Marshall Noice, "Spring Snow," photograph from the Glacier National Park Permanent Exhibition)


Flathead Valley Art Educators Show (through February 26)

The Flathead Valley greatly benefits by the number of outstanding artists that have made art instruction their career choice. The second annual Educators Show will feature the fine works of art produced by secondary art educators throughout the Flathead Valley.


In addition to the opening of these exhibits, the January 15 reception will also be a celebration of the Hockaday's 35th birthday. In 1967, the Flathead Branch of the Montana Institute of the Arts explored the need for a community art center in the Flathead Valley. Area residents responded enthusiastically, and on February 10, 1969, the Flathead Valley Art Association opened the Hockaday Center for the Arts as a community art center in the Carnegie Library building. The founders of the art center were Ed Bailey, Corrine Lundgren, Anne McLeod, Greta Sliter, and Janet and William Bierrum. Original board members included Gary Christensen, Wallace Roberts, Lillian Tubb, and Neil Hunter. It was named for Lakeside artist Hugh Hockaday who passed away in 1968. In 1998, the Hockaday Center changed its name to the Hockaday Museum of Art to reflect its new focus as a museum. Today, the Hockaday Museum exhibits the art and culture of Montana with an emphasis on the art of Glacier National Park and provides an array of educational programs, workshops and classes for all ages.

Along with a celebration of the Hockaday Museum's 35th birthday, the reception will also commemorate the centennial of the opening of the Carnegie Library building. In May 2003, the Hockaday first celebrated the Centennial by commemorating the laying of the cornerstone of the building, which occurred on May 15, 1903. On January 15, 2004, the Museum will celebrate the centennial of the Carnegie library opening, which took place on January 12, 1904.


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