The name “Madwoman Sewing” derives from the state of having lots of stuff on my mind combined
with the parts and pieces of fabrics, threads and embellishments on my cutting table simultaneously.
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. These one
of a kind items come about in steps. First, I sort textures and colors. Next, I determine the item’s
function and design. Drafting, cutting, sewing follow. My training began when I was 10 years old.
I was born in Torrington, Wyoming in 1952. Like most girl children brought up in a farming community,
I began sewing with a group of fellow 4-Hers. It was a highly competitive scene at fair time, and I was
awarded more than my fair share of purple and blue ribbons. As structured as the 4-H agenda was at
that time, I was able to express a creative, nonconforming streak. Even as a youngster I liked to
deconstruct clothes... like my dad’s 501 Levis. A little cutting here and there, and I would have
fashionable cutoffs withlots of rickrack trim. I continue to enjoy and profit from my early sewing
education. College level art classes and haute couture training have also served me well. I currently
live in Red Lodge Montana. In my workshop, surrounded by numerous totes filled to brim,
I actively remake, up cycle, reassemble and go a little mad...
Henry Blond is from England, and he grew up in Liverpool. As a kid Henry would paint all the time and eventually moved on to music where he would play guitar professionally after studying music in college. Henry played professionally for 15 years all around Europe before moving to Paris, France. At the time he was somewhat burnt out from music and got a job working for the American University of Paris. Henry rekindled his love for art in Paris by visiting all the galleries and produced a show as well. Again, Henry drifted away from art, as he explains it, but once he moved to the United States in 2011, he slowly picked it up again.
Henry really started to push his art again at the beginning of 2019 and in a year's span, sold 25 paintings. He goes back and forth between commission and personal work while making a name for himself painting beautiful dog portraits. These intricate and personal portraits range from 15 to 20 hours a painting. Henry had this to say about his art, “I’m still developing, style, subject, and technique; you're always learning.”
His rededication to art and with the help from a friend led him in December of 2019 to move into the Roosevelt Center. Henry loved the space from the first time he saw it and when his room opened, he jumped on the opportunity. A big reason he committed to the space is that he knew it would help drive him to continue doing his passion that can propel him his aspiration of an artist, no matter where he decides to go.
Janice Marie Polzin is an artist from Detroit, Michigan with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the
College for Creative Studies. After spending years as an art educator in the city, she now calls
Roberts, Montana home. Janice became engaged in the Roosevelt Revitalization Project
three years ago by facilitating design thinking workshops with the Red Lodge community,
helping to collect specific ideas for the utilization of the space. Inspired by the scale and scope
of the Roosevelt project, Janice designed and created the mural titled “Mark the Movement”
which adorns three of the exterior walls on the building. She is honored for the opportunity to share
her mark with the charming community of Red Lodge. The imagery of the mural reflects the natural
beauty that surrounds the town and suggests the creative harmony that exists within its members.
As Janice continues to grow as an artist in our community, she looks forward to
participating in future projects and programs as the Roosevelt Revitalization vision
The Carbon County Arts Guild & Depot Gallery, located in the historic train depot on the north side of Red Lodge, is a place for local and regional artists to show case their work. Of the nearly 400 members at the Arts Guild, about 180 of them display artwork in the Depot Gallery all year and others chose to participate in art shows which change each month. Space at the Guild is limited. This is where the Roosevelt Center project comes into play. The Roosevelt Center is providing a “Satellite Gallery” for Arts Guild members to show their work, specifically larger pieces. Kim Kapalka, Executive Director of the Carbon County Arts Guild says, “It is really exciting that the Red Lodge Area Community Foundation wants to keep the Guild involved with the Roosevelt project. I think it is another great opportunity for people to see what’s happening in the art world and extends viewing art to the south end of town.” The Roosevelt Center Satellite Gallery allows artists to display larger work than can be shown in the Depot Gallery. Carol Hartman, known primarily for her large oil paintings, was the first artist to show at the Satellite Gallery. She said, “I certainly did appreciate having an exhibition space such as the Satellite Gallery to install my large artworks so that viewers can see them together.” Carol goes on to say, “With all the new uses of the Roosevelt Center this exhibition space will become a more visible place.”
For more information about showing at the Satellite Gallery, contact the Carbon County Arts Guild & Depot Gallery
Anton Wilhelm is from Twin Bridges, Montana, a small town in the southwest part of the state,
which is mostly known for its fantastic fly fishing. Anton, 21 at the time went to college in San Diego
to study acupuncture, then came to Red lodge 15 years ago out of a “whim,”
after working in Billings. He was at CC Legends previously and then opened his practice
at the Roosevelt Center seven years ago, which grew rather quickly for the time he had been in the space.
Wilhelm treats 20-24 people a week for about an hour that range in all ages from infants to the elderly.
Wilhelm’s practice is in Japanese acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, and Shiatsu message.
In Japanese acupuncture, they use a finer gauge of needle in comparison to the
Chinese version where the “heavier needles are more sedating to the body”.
The reason Anton uses the Japanese method is because “you are able to create a more activating response
in the body.” Also, the mellower needle approach can cater more to chronic illnesses.
Anton started his practice with herbal medicine,
but eventually moved more towards acupuncture because he didn't need the herbs to get the
desired outcome of acupuncture. He also enjoys acupuncture more because,
“I really like to do hands on work so I can create change with a person with my hand is very
satisfying feeling.” Wilhelm lastly said on the profession he has done for almost two decades,
“It kind of found me more than anything.”
Sean Keeney, from Minot, North Dakota, moved his family to Red Lodge three and a half years ago.
North Dakota’s oil and population boom transformed the area, so Sean and his wife decided shortly
after visiting Red Lodge for a friend’s wedding to move their family to this beautiful area. 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.
In the later 2000s Sean started MightCouldDo with a colleague, where he provided video services
for North Dakota and the surrounding states. His company prided itself on the quality of work it
could do to help people or companies on a shoestring budget. MightCouldDo made documentaries,
music videos, and production videos for nonprofits. Sean goes on to say, “We tried to focus on
people who normally would not have the means to work with high-end production values”.
When Keeney first moved to Red Lodge, he was still working in North Dakota and traveling
back and forth, but that agreement fell through, so he started working on his own freelance
projects for more than a year. This was a lot more challenging because having help in any
production work is invaluable depending on the project. Another important part of his
production is having a space that can accommodate the work that he needs to do.
Sean was searching for a space to run his company Jun[K] Farmers for about eight months
and then was able to get in the Roosevelt Center space a year ago. “This was exactly what I
was looking for,” Keeney said. The high ceiling allows him to use his production lighting the way
he needs. “I think Roosevelt [Center] is hugely important with what they’re doing with the spaces
they offer and the artist community,” Sean says.
Gracie Andrews, a freshman going to Northwest College in Powell, Wyoming, is an aspiring artist whose niche is “semi realistic.” She was asked to do an extensive mural inside the Roosevelt building for Red Lodge to enjoy. Tracy Timmons the Executive Director of the Red Lodge Area Community Foundation, approached Gracie to do the mural because, ”The Foundation wanted the voice of youth to become engaged at the newly established Roosevelt Arts and Culture Center.“ Danielle Shilling, the Foundation’s Youth Internship Coordinator, who worked with Gracie said, “During this time she grew into a much more confident and capable artist.”
Gracie spent more than 200 hours working on this fantastic piece and what she found challenging was, ”Realizing my own limitations, putting aside my perfectionism, and overcoming the frustrations.” She also mentioned that she thinks the Roosevelt building is beneficial to the Carbon County because “They are going to inspire the community artists to contribute and express themselves.” Gracie presented a magnificent piece to the community while paving a way for future artists at the Roosevelt building.
You can view her work on
Instagram at smile_like_psychos.
Gregory T Harper
Gregory T. Harper was a man dedicated to teaching music. He taught music in Red lodge around
20 years, starting in the early 80’s, and could play or teach any instrument you could think of. He was
a man dedicated to his students, as well as the idea of music flourishing in the Red Lodge community.
Mr. Harper had a vision to create a music performance art center for the students and the people of
Red Lodge, by bequeathing the balance of his estate for an auditorium. The Old Roosevelt Project
(RLACF), in honor of his commitment, has named the 3rd floor the Gregory T. Harper Recital Hall.
Tamara Upton, a former student, remembers, “how kind he was and how supportive he was,”
and that he was a “Jolly” man. She also said, “With the Old Roosevelt being converted
to a new performing art space lends creditability to his statement that music and performing
really drives people.” Gregory T Harper lived for music and with his help, the Roosevelt building
continues its transformation into his dream for the town of Red Lodge.
Photo by Merv Coleman
Still Playing Today!
The upright piano in the storage room off the Performance space was sold to the Foundation
in 2016 by Gary and Kathy Robson, when they were closing their Broadway Books & Tea store.
The Robson’s had bought the piano at the Yellowstone Wildlife Sanctuary's annual fundraiser.
It was donated to the fundraiser by long time Red Lodge resident Irma Capps, 416 S. Platt,
where Mrs. Capps had the piano from 1946-2005. Mrs. Capps had grown up a block away on
S. Platt, and her mother had bought the piano from the Roman Theatre when the Roman
transitioned to "talkies," so the piano was no longer needed to accompany silent films.
Mrs. Capps took herchild hood piano with her when she married and moved to 416 S. Platt.
The upright piano is a Cable-Nelson brand, and its serial number indicates that it was made