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Meet the Artists

The Arts have been an essential part of our history in Red Lodge—and the artistic heritage of Red Lodge is enriched by the artists who live and work here today.  Learn more about the local artists, nonprofits and performers at the Roosevelt Center:

Artifact Concepts
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Big Sky Ellen

Artifact Concepts

 Brian Langeliers’ aerial landscape paintings offer a fresh perspective through vantage points from above.  By incorporating brushwork and fluid paint techniques, he provides an abstraction of traditional landscape art.  Flowing pigments integrate to mimic stratified layers of the earth.  Portions of unpainted wood grain reference contour lines of a topographical map.  Found objects and rusted artifacts are removed from the environment and placed in the painted landscape, creating a sculptural aspect. https://artifactconcepts.com/

Big Sky Ellen 

Living in Montana, we don’t have to travel far for inspiration from our beautiful surroundings.  Ellen grew up in a family of collectors – of rocks, pinecones, lichens, driftwood, seedpods, shells . . . Hikes in the Absaroka Beartooth Wilderness with her family at a young age, and now as an adult, have yielded many treasures.  Ellen is inspired by objects and scenes from nature, and much of her fiber art depicts the beauty of the world around us – even her collection of fabrics is nature-inspired. “Art will never be able to exist without nature.” – Pierre Bonnard bigskyellen@gmail.com 

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Satellite Gallery

Carbon County Arts Guild Satellite Gallery  

View the latest Satellite Gallery installations from members of the Carbon County Arts Guild & Depot Gallery. These rotating exhibitions feature amazing work by local artists on the first and second floor of the Roosevelt Center. See more art by local and regional artists when you visit the Carbon County Arts Guild & Depot Gallery at 11 West 8th Street. https://carboncountydepotgallery.org/ 

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Carol Hartman

Carol Hartman 

Family homesteads become treasured memories for the children and grandchildren of those who worked the land.  After researching and sketching those homesteads, I create large colorful oil paintings reminiscent of the interesting stories about that very land.  I will work with you on-site and in my studio to create those memories for your family! www.hartmanfinearts.faso.com 

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Elizabeth LaRowe

Elizabeth LaRowe Art  

Color and light are the focus of Elizabeth LaRowe’s artwork, her personal artistic efforts have concentrated on using water media techniques for the past 42 years. She loves plein air painting. Elizabeth welcomes visitors as she enjoys sharing her knowledge and love of art. https://www.facebook.com/elizabethlarowefineartist

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Sara Johnson

Sara Johnson

They say that nothing worth having comes easy.

Sara takes that to an extreme.  Using encaustic, her current medium of choice, she explores the mirroring between nature and the human journey. The pigmented beeswax is applied molten and is manipulated with a torch, making this medium technically difficult while incredibly fun. The layering of the wax allows her to use line, layers, and color in a more subtle and muted way.

When she’s not torching wax, she spends her time outside the studio in the dirt.  She cultivates beautiful and unusual flowers for cutting. She fills her garden with different textures, deep colors, and delicate shapes that you also see in her artwork. She is inspired and challenged by the harsh conditions and shortened growing season here in Red Lodge.  

Sara also has a knack for being able to pull anything out of the dumpster and make it beautiful.  What others might consider trash, she eagerly pours energy into restoring and repurposing. She has a particular soft spot for old screen doors, vintage metal containers, worn hardwood flooring, and anything else hidden behind layers of paint, wallpaper, or dust… just waiting to be re-exposed.  

Sara and her husband have had a home in RL for 7 years, but they have finally moved here full time from Billings. Currently, she is inspired by the 2019 California super bloom and archeological parch marks left after the 2018 European heat wave.

 

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Marty Clague

Marty Clague does not shy away from a project — where one person might just see an old tired bathroom, Marty sees a potential ceramic studio space.

An Iowa native, Marty graduated college from the University of Nebraska Omaha and worked in the Omaha area in Elementary Ed for 20 years. He worked with gifted children and ran after-school robotics programs his last few years in Nebraska. He now lives in Red Lodge, Montana, where his wife Martha Brown is on the board for the Red Lodge Area Community Foundation.


When Marty is not creating pottery pieces in the studio, he is volunteering at Hero’s STEAM Center or singing with Homebrewed Harmony, an a cappella group which includes several Red Lodge Area Community Foundation board members. He also directs the Red Lodge Community Church choir, is director of the Big Sky Chorus in Billings and is in a Barbershop quartet.

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Jun[k] Farmer

Jun[k] Farmer  

Sean started his career in video editing in the 1980s as a young kid with a camcorder and a VCR, and as time went on and technology grew, he continued to learn.  Jun[k]farmer is the cultivation of my distractions. Wandering from traditional illustration all the way down to the corner of animation and film. https://junkfarmer.myportfolio.com

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Mad Woman Marketplace 

Since I can rarely resist the impulse to collect interesting trims, buttons and beads, I routinely run into the dilemma of not enough time nor energy to create those designs dancing around in my head, hence the “mad” woman syndrome. Currently I am transforming “found fabrics”, like upholstery samples, used jeans, men’s ties and placements, into purses, shopping bags, book covers and hats. madwomansewing@yahoo.com 

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Wanda Thomas

Wanda Thomas often wakes up in the middle of the night with a new quilt pattern swirling around in her head.  She can’t hardly wait to get the fabric and tools out and start cutting, sewing, pressing and quilting. 

  

She started taking pictures of her creations with the hashtag #QuiltsOnTheFence and has developed quite a following. Especially since her dog Ivan would strike a dutiful pose right in front of the quilt, #IvanTheQuiltGuardDog. The comments were mostly about Wanda’s dog, but, many wanted to know “where is the pattern for that quilt?”. 

   

Wanda belongs to several small creative business organizations and became aware of a “Quilt Pattern Writing Course”.  This seemed to be a great push forward to getting going on this adventure.  She had thought she retired, but her brain just wouldn’t stop. 

  

She’s taken a big leap as a computer novice and enrolled in a course which involved learning digital illustrator products. She can dream up a quilt and make it at breakneck speed, but, computer designs require different skills. 

  

She’s working to write and market her own quilt patterns to the wider community under the name Calamity Quilter. Eventually, Wanda hopes to host quilt classes inside the Roosevelt Center, opening her shared studio as a hub of learning.  

  

Why the name “Calamity”?  Wanda says Red Lodge’s connection with Calamity Jane comes to mind. The Old West personality reportedly stayed at The Pollard Hotel (formerly The Spofford Hotel) a time or two near the turn of the 20th century. Combine the local “scout” history with Wanda’s sense of adventure, and you have a fun name at least! 

Aaron Martin

Aaron Martin

Aaron Martin

Aaron Martin

Aaron Martin is a born and raised Montana boy with a lengthy background in broadcast and video production. He's the founder and a contributing visual artist of Vivid Northwest Media, a video production agency out of Red Lodge. Beginning in 2019, he started providing small UAS (drone) operations for film and various media applications. Since then, he’s worked with independent artists, small businesses, and corporations on various film & cinematography projects around the region.

As Vivid Northwest Media, Aaron works with musicians and local business owners to use the power of communication to bring people together and portray messages in a unique and fun way.

The earth and sun has been an inspiration for Aaron since a kid. Some of his earliest memories reside on the family ranch in Fergus County, climbing in the pine trees at his childhood home, and entertaining his everlasting curiosity for the environment around him.

To view Aaron’s work, find him on social media or visit his website: vividnorthwest.com

 
 

Jessica Parpart

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A Thousand Leaves is an herbal company located at the base of the Beartooth mountains, inspired by a passion for nature, an adoration for plants, and an interest in clean and natural herbal products. The owner, Jessica Parpart, grew up in Laurel, MT and often spent time with family and friends in Red Lodge while growing up. When talking about Red Lodge, you'll likely hear her say, "this place has magic!" A Thousand Leaves (ATL) was created with the intention to educate others about plants and how they can support us in so many ways.

 

A Thousand Leaves dreams of bringing herbal education to the community in the form of workshops, webinars, plant walks, and more. A core belief of the company is, "knowledge is power" and the goal is to empower others to make informed decisions regarding their health. For more information about this company and their products, please visit the website: www.athousandleaves.love
 

Rock & Star Studio
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Rock & Star Studio 

Karin Solberg grew up in the town of Blacksburg, located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. She received her undergraduate degree from James Madison University and completed her MFA in Ceramics from Utah State University in 2003. Karin has been an Artist-In-Residence in Maine at the Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts, as well as Berea College, Kentucky. She has traveled across the nation, teaching ceramics at Chester Springs Studio, Pennsylvania, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff and recently at Minnesota State University, Moorhead. https://www.facebook.com/heistmontana/ 

Sheila Johns
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Sheila creates art using diverse mediums including metal sculpture, acrylic, oil, pastel and charcoal wash paintings. Her style leans toward nature and the clean lines of contemporary art. https://fineartamerica.com/profiles/1-sheila-johns 

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Heidi Gilbert

Heidi Gilbert is originally from Sheridan, Wy, where she was raised with a strong appreciation for the mountains and the scenic views inherent with the broad landscapes of the west. She was always drawn to the art room and had the fortune of studying under a supportive high school teacher who encouraged her to take her watercolors, pencils, and conte crayons and go "sit somewhere pretty for a bit." Following her graduation she fell for her future husband on the Ski Patrol at Red Lodge Mountain and they followed each other to the big powder and schools of Salt Lake City, Utah. While there, she spent 12 years living in a small cabin in the woods where she spent her time bootpacking ridge lines and attending the University of Utah.

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MEET THE MUSICIAN AT THE ROOSEVELT: 

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Satsang - Drew McManus

“Montana isn’t just where I live,” says Satsang’s Drew McManus. “It’s my heart, my soul. Along with my family, it’s my everything.” https://www.satsangmovement.com/  

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Justin Satterfield

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If you want to learn to play guitar, ukulele, or bass in Red Lodge, Justin Satterfield is your guy.He can also fix any stringed instrument (16 years of Luthierie Experience) – some of his faithful clients from North Dakota still send him their broken prized possessions to mend, as well as clients throughout Montana.

With over 20 years of live touring experience, he has also worked behind the scenes for rock bands as a guitar tech. Justin and his wife Lisa have been hosting jam nights on Tuesdays at 8 pm at the Snow Creek for over 5 years. You can find him strumming away at the Roosevelt on Wed-Friday. Or catch him on stage with Fracture, a local rock/alternative/punk band, as well as singing with his wife (and talented vocalist). Justin might do a bit of everything, but he makes a point to not miss family dinners with his kids, his wife Lisa, and their three dogs.

MEET THE NONPROFITS AT THE ROOSEVELT: 

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Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness Foundation

Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness Foundation

Our mission at the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness Foundation (ABWF) is to “support stewardship of the Absaroka Beartooth Wilderness and to foster appreciation of wild lands”. https://abwilderness.org/ 

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Boys & Girls Club Youth Garden

Boys & Girls Club Youth Garden 

The Red Lodge/Carbon County Youth Garden allows area youth the opportunity to experience school subjects in real-world settings. Using math, science, and reading students experience the process of gardening from seed planting to harvest. Harvested produce is then used in the school cafeteria and Boys and Girls Club for daily menu items. http://www.bgcofcarboncounty.org/ 

Buddhist Meditation Group
Hero's STEAM Center
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Hero’s STEAM  

Hero's STEAM Engine is a space for creating and learning. Hero’s provides the environment and tools to create, explore, innovate, and share experience and knowledge among our community for all levels of interest – a place for minds and imaginations to play. 

All imagined ideas are worth exploring! https://www.herossteamengine.com/  

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Red Lodge Theater Company

Red Lodge Theater Company 

The mission of Red Lodge Theater Company is to create opportunities for community participation in enriching theatrical experiences. Our focus is on inclusion and quality, giving the public a well-balanced theatrical season, and striving to meet with excellence all of the demands placed on community theater. 

MEET THE LOCAL BUSINESSES AT THE ROOSEVELT: 

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Priscilla Neff Massage  

Therapy As a massage therapist, I work to help my clients heal and become educated about their bodies. I do compilation massage, so each massage uses a variety of techniques tailored to each client depending on their individual needs and where they are at in their body. priscillaneff.massagetherapy.com

Priscilla Neff Massage
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Roscoe Outdoors

Roscoe Outdoors (no storefront) 

We have a passion for creating comfortable, functional outerwear that holds up to the abrasion and stress of hard mountain use. Every garment style is thoroughly tested in the glacier-carved mountains surrounding Red Lodge, Montana. https://roscoeoutdoor.com/ 

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