STEVE OSMAN- The Birds of Heaven in this exhibit, are Sandhill Cranes, perhaps the oldest known birds in existence, dating back ten million years. One often hears their musical honking before seeing them overhead, usually flying in pairs that mate for life. Nature has always been my ‘church’, giving meaning to the greater mysteries of life and often informing my art. I’ve included work from my “Lichen Series’’ which were the first paintings in this ‘impressionistic’ style and also of a very ancient subject matter.
I received a degree in Environmental Biology from the University of California at Santa Barbara in 1971. My art education has been mostly self-taught except for classes at the Seattle Institute of Art for a year and many other courses in a wide variety of mediums. I have always found time to be creative and have owned two small galleries, one in Costa Rica where I had an adventure travel business for 11 years and the other here in Bozeman. I’m presently retired, allowing me to devote more time to my passion for painting. Trying to capture the unique beauty, grace and energy of these cranes has been a very satisfying challenge. Hope you enjoy the paintings! steveosmanfineart.com
SUE CLAYPOLE-McCAULEY - Every painting starts a story that I hope will draw you in. If I have been successful, you will ask what, why and where? Maybe some paintings will intrigue you and make your smile or laugh. As for me, art is about story and feeling.
The BEE-CLECTICS explore and create fabric art for the fun and joy of it in a spirit of friendship. Bee-Clectics started informally in 2016 as a weekly activity group focusing on fabric, threads, and mixed media. The name, Bee-Clectics, comes from the historical concept of the quilting bee, a community gathering where quilts were made by a group of women in a social setting. In the Bee-Clectics group, members work on individual projects while exploring an eclectic source of materials and techniques to enhance their fabric, thread, and mixed media artwork. The group meets weekly at members’ homes or community locations, such as coffee shops. The goal is to experience learning and experimenting in an atmosphere of friendship. The diverse members have shown their work at local, regional, and national shows, have published work in various magazines, and have taught art and quilting techniques. Some members sell their work or accept commissions and others produce art for the purpose of inspiring and pleasing themselves and others.
LEEANN RAMEY, a native of Nashville, worked as a graphic designer in the country music industry for over 25 years. After relocating to Bozeman, she made the decision to pursue her life-long passion and focus on painting. “My paintings are contemporary expressions of color and texture. I am curious by nature and love the prospect of discovering something new — whether it’s experimenting with different mediums, paint, texture, subjects or the effect of a varnish or ink, I want to have fun and explore,” states Ramey. She is a self-taught contemporary acrylic painter. Recently her painting "Emigrant Gulch" received an award in the Plein Air on the Yellowstone event. She has also exhibited in Helena, Three Forks and Bozeman.
The exhibition will be on display during Library hours. A percentage of sales will go to the Bozeman Public Library Foundation to ensure continuation of cultural programs at the Library for public benefit. For more information about the exhibit or opening reception, please contact Sarah DeOpsomer at (406) 582-2425 or firstname.lastname@example.org.