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Artist Mia DeLode at the MonDak Heritage Center

 

Mia DeLode is a fourth generation rancher from central Montana. Born and bred to be part of the rural west, she is an accomplished painter, sculptor, and writer of the culture, animals, people and the humor that is unique to western living. Her paintings appear in many shows and her writing has been featured in Crazy Woman Creek published by Mariner Books, a three part anthology of western women. She was given special recognition by the Montana Great Falls Historical Museum for her work titled '1890's First Responders' featuring the last working team of fire horses in the United States. Her oil paintings are bold in color and texture using thin glazes, heavy brushstrokes and palette knife. Mia's paintings evoke the emotion of the time and place and her outlook is best in her own words.

"My Grandmother supplied me with a never ending source of art supplies by the time I was old enough to hold a paintbrush. I never thought to ask why. My teachers in school were forever frustrated with papers turned in with the margin overflowing with drawings of horses, sheep and cows. They kindly did not try very hard to discourage this. I was lucky. Night skies cluttered with stars, open range, dutch ovens, neighborhood brandings, cowboy coffee, clear water, firm handshakes, working livestock, useful horses and the list is endless of all the parts that make the whole of this wonderful western life. I don't take it for granted. I know I was born to a great way of life and believe the world would be a better place if everyone could live this way. That isn't very practical so I'd like to share what I can. Things are changing; some things for the better but lose something in the process. I feel a need to capture this, the beauty, the isolation, the spirit and, well, everything. So I had better get with it."

Mia's paintings are included in the Blue Buffalo Artists exhibit currently on display at the MonDak Heritage Center through February 13, 2016. There will be a live performance by cowboy poet and singer, Bob Petermann this Saturday, January 23 at 1 pm.

 

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