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Kelly Packer's works

Above is a sample of Kelly Packer's works, which will be featured Aug. 13-Sept. 13 at Aunt Dofe's Hall of Recent Memory venue in Willow Creek.

WILLOW CREEK — Aunt Dofe's Hall of Recent Memory in Willow Creek presents Bleed Necklace: The Body Undone From Its Error, a new series of oil-on-paper drawings by Butte-based painter, Kelly Packer, with accompanying poems written by Adrian Kien.

An opening reception runs 4 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13. A poetry reading starts at 7:30 p.m. The show continues through Sept. 12

In Packer's works, vertical agglomerations of pigmented form and line are set within dark backgrounds. Each nocturne-like abstraction is paired with a poem written by her longtime collaborator and husband, Adrian. 

“This work is about opening up. About vulnerability. About glimpsing clarity and letting it irradiate your insides. It’s about color and shape and flying. Or, at least, moving, hesitantly, up the weed stalk,'' Packer said.

Packer was born in Kalispell and grew up in the Missoula Valley. Her paintings and drawings have been shown internationally and published in various books and literary journals. Based in Boise, Idaho for many years, she co-founded Enso Artspace, an artist collective and gallery space. Her work was selected for the 2010 Boise Art Museum Triennial, and in 2009 she was awarded an artist in residency grant through Boise's downtown A.I.R. program. Currently her work is part of the Art Mobile of Montana traveling exhibition. She holds a BFA from the University of Montana.

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Adrian Kien grew up in Elko, Nevada, and Missoula. Adrian has an MFA from Boise State University. He is the author of poetry collections The Caress is a Letter of Instruction, An Anatomy Lesson, translations of the French poet, Christian Prigent, and Who is There.

In Butte he curates the Phoenix Block Reading Series, and his writings on walking, weirdness and adventuring are a regular feature in the Butte Arts Monthly.

Kelly and Adrian moved back to Montana in 2014 after a decade in Boise and a stint in France. They have collaborated on a number of projects including 40 Saints and Look Up, which included a book of poetry and drawings of the same name.

An excerpt of Look Up was shown at the Danforth Gallery in Livingston, Montana. Last year they collaborated on a series titled to the silver hurt of home, paying homage to Butte, their newly adopted city. The work was exhibited at Butte's Clark Chateau. It was here that Aunt Dofe's curator Dave Kirk first encountered their work.

Willow Creek is south of Three Forks, off Interstate 90, and about 53 miles southeast of Butte.

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