Artist Angela Babby will be in Missoula tonight, Thursday, Sept. 16, for the Missoula Art Museum’s monthly Artini event, where she will participate in an interview by journalist Jodi Rave at 6 p.m. Jason Heavyrunner will provide the evening’s musical backdrop, and poet Jennifer Greene of Arlee will read from her recently published book, “What Lasts.” Artini takes place from 5:30-9 p.m.; admission is free. “Wolakota,” an exhibit of artworks by Angela Babby, is on view at the Missoula Art Museum through February 6, 2011. For hours and other information, visit www.MissoulaArtMuseum.org.
Against a wall in an upstairs gallery of the Missoula Art Museum, on a medium-sized drafting table, lays an intricate puzzle of carefully cut bits of white paper. Above it, a rudimentarily colored map of the puzzle hangs on the wall, with each piece of the puzzle carefully marked by its intended color.
Next to that hangs the ultimate result: a fluid image of bare, dark branches against an undulating background of stones in snow, the whole thing pieced together out of hand-cut bits of enameled mosaic glass – 1,000 pieces or more, some as small as a fingernail, none bigger than a serving spoon — affixed inside a wooden frame.
The tableaux offers a testament to the process by which Billings artist Angela Babby transforms plain sheets of colored glass into painterly images that seem to transcend, even defy, the painstaking method of their creation. [Read More...]