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Upcoming Events At The MonDak Heritage Center


October 2, 2019 | View PDF

Beau Theige’s Guitars To Be Exhibited At The MonDak Heritage Center, October 16-January 11, Sidney

A joint opening reception will be held on October 18 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. for the public to meet the artist Beau Theige and to honor artist Laura Barrett (1930 - 2017) who’s exhibit is also opening at the same time. You will also have an opportunity to try playing Beau’s guitars on display. This exhibit is sponsored by MAGDA.

Beau Theige’s guitars will be loved by music enthusiasts (guitar players in particular), artists and recyclers. Beau, a husband, father, and hobby rancher on the windswept plains of North Dakota found a passion. “Although I am not a guitar player myself, I was instantly intrigued by this varied and unique craft, and thus the journey began. While I spend my days in the oil fields outside Boomtown, USA, my nights and weekends are spent crafting Beau Theige Custom Guitars.” He was instantly intrigued by this varied and unique craft to create hand-made guitars from discarded items such as cake pans, license plates, cigar boxes and more. If you want to get trendy, it’s called “upcycling.” Each guitar is handcrafted, inspired by everyday utilitarian objects, antiques, or plain old trash. Half art, half junk, all guitar. “Let’s change the way you make music.”

Laura Barrett: State Of Grace To Be Exhibited At The MonDak Heritage Center, October 16-Janaury 4, Sidney

State Of Grace, sponsored by the Missoula Art Museum, is a survey of works by Laura Grace Barrett (1930-2017). Born in Froid, Montana, and raised on a wheat farm, she studied art and theater at the University of Montana, University of Hawaii, and UCLA. In addition to being an artist, she was a patron and dealer, opening the Bridge Street Gallery and Wine Café and Restaurant in Big Fork, Montana; Ambos Galeria de Arte y Artefactos gallery in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico; and most recently Collage Gallery in Bigfork in 2014. Barrett exhibited and supported Montana contemporary artists and was influenced by their friendships and art. Particularly apparent are the influence of Robert and Gennie DeWeese, Theodore Waddell, and Inez Storer, artists who Barrett collected and exhibited. Barrett work is comprised of rich paintings and sensuous encaustics which incorporate collage, based on living in Montana, her travels, and her encounters with other artists.

In 2008, Laura Barrett made the statement, “The idea that art is all around us and is free for the seeing pervades my work. With the use of found papers or objects, an artist attempts to blend art and life. I try for a “blend of the real and the visionary, the practical and the impractical, suggesting reality in an abstract world.”

Barrett and her first husband founded the winery Chateau Montelena in Calistoga, California, whose 1973 Chardonnay won the landmark Paris tasting of 1976. Barrett wrote a book about what has come to be known as the ‘judgment of Paris,’ titled “What is More Real Than a Dream? Memoir of Chateau Montelena Winery” which inspired the 2008 film “Bottleshock.” During her lifetime, Barrett’s work was included in exhibitions at the Hockaday Museum of Art and Emerson Cultural Center.

The MonDak Heritage Center is open Tuesday-Friday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Saturday from 1-4 p.m. Admission is Free. For more information call 406-433-3500 or e-mail [email protected]


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