Congrats: Spring 2019
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Congrats: Spring 2019

Montana artist Theodore Waddell, whose painting graces the cover of the winter issue of Luxury Magazine while an article titled “Waddell’s West,” by Jason Edward Kaufman, begins on page 180, and includes several images of his work. The article begins: “In his majestically abstract paintings of animals grazing Western landscapes, Theodore Waddell marries passions for ranching and modern art.” Read the story online at


Shawna Moore of Whitefish and Catherine Courtenaye of Bozeman, whose paintings were on display Feb. 6-March 6 at Telluride Gallery of Art in Telluride, CO, as part of the “Winter Highlights” exhibit. Paintings by Courtenaye were also featured at Art Miami, a modern and contemporary art fair market, held Dec. 4–9 in Miami.


Teresa Garland Warner of Missoula and Kadin Goldberg of Red Lodge, who each had paintings included in the National Oil and Acrylic Painters’ Society online International Fall 2018 Exhibition, on display at Their pieces were among 150 paintings selected from over 900 international entries. 


Billings artist Jane Waggoner Deschner, who was selected to join award-winning artist Marilyn Artus on “Her Flag,” a collaboration with 36 women artists who live in each of the 36 states that ratified the 19th amendment granting women the right to vote. Each of these 36 artists will design one stripe of the 18-by-36-foot flag that Artus will sew in the capital city of each state, beginning June 8 in Madison, WI. Her 14-month journey across the United States celebrates the 100th anniversary of women gaining the right to vote. “‘Her Flag’ is a not a political piece of work, but rather a powerful positive symbol used to educate and celebrate this truly momentous American anniversary,” says the Oklahoma artist.


Dillon artist Tom Foolery, whose “Victory Parade” was juried into “Winter in America,” on display Jan. 3-Feb.2 at Gallery 114 in Portland, OR. The sculpture is from his ongoing Dark Horse Series.


Three Montana authors whose books were among 28 titles shortlisted for the Reading the West Book Awards, given annually by the Mountains & Plains Independent Booksellers Association (MPIBA). Finalists include The Weight of an Infinite Sky by Carrie La Seur (fiction); Volcano Dreams by Janet Fox (picture books); and The Swan Keeper by Milana Marsenich (young adult fiction). Readers and book lovers are encouraged to vote for their favorite shortlist titles online at The winning titles will be announced on April 15 via email and social media.


The Missoula Writing Collaborative (MWC), a nonprofit started in 1994 to bring professional writers into school classrooms to teach students to write poems, which received a 2019 Library of Congress State Literacy Award. MWC was one of nine organizations nationwide that will receive the $2,225 award. Nominated in December by the Montana Center for the Book, a subsidiary of Humanities Montana, the MWC was recognized for its work bringing poetry and creative writing to more than 2,000 students in 31 schools in western Montana. The nomination particularly recognized writing residencies that take place in five elementary schools on the Flathead Reservation of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes. Writers Alex Alviar, Caroline Keys and Anna Zumbahlen teach fourth- and fifth-graders American Indian poetry as model poems, then have students write and read form and free verse poetry.


ImagineIF Libraries’ Senior Librarian Megan Glidden, who has been selected as an American Library Association Emerging Leader for the Class of 2019. The American Library Association (ALA) Emerging Leaders (EL) program is a leadership development program which enables newer library workers from across the country to participate in problem-solving work groups, network with peers, and have an opportunity to serve the profession in a leadership capacity. As head of the Community Engagement Team at ImagineIF, Glidden has brought many innovative projects to the Flathead Valley, including a Seed Library located at ImagineIF Columbia Falls, the result of a partnership with the Good Seed Co. She has also been a key leader in helping launch Making Montana, a two-day festival of invention and creativity featuring a Manufacturing and Technology Expo alongside the Kalispell Mini Maker Faire.


Bigfork author Leslie Budewitz, who was elected to a two-year term as an at-large board member of Mystery Writers of America, the professional organization for mystery and crime writers. MWA’s mission statement: “MWA is the premier organization for mystery and crime writers, professionals allied to the crime writing field, aspiring crime writers, and folks who just love to read crime fiction.” Budewitz says her goals include “helping the organization continue to expand the diversity of its membership, help members find their audience, and expand the benefits available to writers who don’t have physical access to chapter meetings and programs, such as writers in Montana and other far-flung communities.” She served three years on the board of Sisters in Crime, an international organization of authors, readers, and other book industry professionals, including a year as president. Budewitz is the author of eight mystery novels, more than a dozen published short stories, and a nonfiction book for writers on using the law in their fiction; the Billings native is also the winner of Agatha Awards for Best Nonfiction and Best First Novel.


The five recipients of Arts Missoula’s annual Arts and Culture Awards, which will be presented at the annual luncheon from 11:30 a.m-1 p.m. Tuesday, April 9, at the Doubletree Hotel. This year’s Cultural Ambassador award, honoring someone who has consistently supported the arts community and cultural diplomacy in numerous ways, goes to Mark Thane for his support of arts and cultural education for 39 years as a teacher, principal, administrator, and for the last four years as Missoula County Public School Superintendent. Corwin “Corky” Clairmont, printmaker and installation artist from the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, received the Individual Artist award for exceptional achievement in his chosen craft. The Arts Educator, honoring an outstanding local educator who has devoted a career to teaching the arts, is awarded to Matt Loehrke, education director for MCT, Inc. The Business Support for the Arts, given to businesses that have provided long-term support to Missoula’s artists and arts organizations, goes to Kimberly Roth/Merrill Lynch. And Marc Moss, founder and director of Tell Us Something, the live storytelling event, receives the Cultural Vision award for artistic programming. According to Arts Missoula Executive Director Tom Bensen, “These outstanding individuals each represent a lifetime of dedication to the arts, and all have helped to make Missoula an exceptional place to work and live.” For tickets to the event, call 406-541-0860 or


Sentinel High School Wind Ensemble, which performs at prestigious Carnegie Hall in the New York Sounds of Spring International Music Festival on Tuesday, March 26. The Missoula ensemble was chosen from a pool of international applicants based on an audition tape band director Lewis Nelson submitted nearly two years ago. “It’s only four high school bands performing at this particular festival and one college band so it’s quite the honor for us to be accepted into it,” he told the Missoulian. Nelson and a handful of chaperones will accompany 74 Sentinel students to New York City for the trip over spring break where students will perform four songs at Carnegie Hall. In addition to their performance, students will explore the city’s robust arts and culture offerings and get a sense for different performance styles and venues, including a visit to the Blue Note jazz club in Greenwich Village where they’ll watch the Sadao Watanabe Quartet. They’ll workshop with Brian Worsdale, music director of Three Rivers Young Peoples Orchestras, and offer a public “pops-style” performance the Liberty Science Center. “We are really mastering something at a level that students rarely see, at least in music,” Nelson said of the upcoming performance. “Everything counts, every little minutia matters of what we’re doing. I mean it’s been a year-and-a-half process.”

– From the Missoulian, March 19


Glacier High Band of Kalispell, which is among 50 bands selected to perform in Washington, DC on Memorial Day. One band was selected from each state. Band Director David Barr told MTN News that this marks the first time in his 13 years as director that the band has been selected. “The kids are super excited, and there are some of our students that haven’t been out of the state and some that haven’t flown on an airplane before, and now we’re going to do both.” The band is in the midst of raising $1,600 per student to attend. Call 406-758-8687 to make donations and for more information.


Peter and Cathy Halstead, founders of the Tippet Rise Art Center near Fishtail, whose Olivier Music Barn has received LEED® Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) for its environmentally sustainable design and systems. LEED, which stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is a certification program developed by the nonprofit USGBC to assist in the design, construction and operation of green buildings, homes and neighborhoods around the world. Located on the Cottonwood Campus at the 12,000-acre art center, the barn is home to most of the indoor concerts and recitals that take place each summer. Like the other buildings and structures on the Cottonwood Campus, the Music Barn’s standards of sustainability include low-carbon emissions and near-net-zero energy consumption. Tippet Rise will reopen to the public on Friday, July 5, for tours of its monumental outdoor sculptures on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Van tours are priced at $10; free to those 21 and under. Hiking and biking at the art center are free for everyone. Prior registration via the website is required for all visitors, and is available beginning March 13 at




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