Take a trip on Friday, July 5, to the Uptown Butte Art Walk, which will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. Dozens of artists will be displaying their work.
Art Walk maps will be available at all venues throughout the night, as well as in the July 5 edition of The Montana Standard.
There will also be a “Post Secret” community art project at Essentials Salon, 128 S. Main. Participants are asked to anonymously submit a secret of their choosing on a provided postcard. The secret must be true and not shared with anyone before.
At US Bank, the work of the late Peter Fletcher will be featured and remain on display throughout July.
Fletcher was born in Lancashire, United Kingdom, in 1947 to working-class parents in the old weaving town of Burnley. He was always interested in drawing and painting as a young man, and later was accepted to study art at University of Reading. As a student he was drawn to painting the English landscape. Later, he graduated from the Royal Academy in Piccadilly, London, also winning awards to paint in Turkey, Switzerland and Norway in the early 1970s. He traveled to the United States in 1978 on a six-month visa with the intent of painting landscapes across America.
He met his wife, Lisa Audio in Missoula, and the couple wed in Polson. He was a resident artist in several states and taught at Wesleyan College and Viterbo College.
In 2003, the accomplished artist died from Hodgkin’s lymphoma. He was 56.
A native Minnesotan, Vonnie Nuthak came to Butte 50 years ago. Throughout her artistic career, she has strived to convey the unique beauty of nature, florals, wildlife and children.
According to Nuthak, she sees a potential painting in many things from her own floral garden to the mountain ranges.
While Nuthak has worked with watercolors, oils and acrylics, her passion is pastel chalks.
Mary Christopher will be showing her work at Feathering Your Nest for the month of July. Much of her series honors Native American women. ”I want to demonstrate reverence and respect for human life,” she explained.
Christopher and her husband live in Silver Star, where she has a magnificent view of the Tobacco Root Mountains across the river. The blue Montana sky and dramatic cloudscapes complete the perfect environment for my clay sculpting.
She has exhibited and sold her work nationally from Mississippi to Hawaii. In Montana, her work has been in galleries in Butte, Billings, Bozeman, Dillon, Helena, Livingston, Miles City, Missoula and Virginia City.
Laurel Egan’s work takes center stage at the Main Stope Gallery.
Living in Butte, Egan enjoys and appreciates the outdoor advantages available in the area. Her paintings and various art work are inspired by the distinct seasons and beauty found in everything from a small flower to Montana’s big sky.
New works for the show includes paintings, both watercolor and oil fiber art, and copper enamel jewelry.
Deborah Harrington will be showing at her gallery, Blue Door Gallery above the Metals Bank Building, for the July 5 Art Walk
While portraiture art was her first love, Harrington is now focusing on Impressionistic landscapes.
Harrington grew up in California, but has spent time on the East Coast, the southern states, and in Europe.
By 2006, her work was being displayed in Texas galleries. Her work featured bold brushstrokes and colorful patterns.
More recently, she has returned to Impressionistic landscapes, using a palette knife, which allows her to express her love as a colorist.
Harrington recently moved to Butte while her husband Lee is overseeing a build for a Wounded Warriors facility in Wise River. Her studio, The Blue Door Gallery, is next door to the Metals Banks building above Walkers. Her work can be viewed at www.DeborahHarrington.com.