BSBAF Monthly Art Exhibit

Elizabeth Lochrie – Mike–Walks–On–Top
Mike–Walks–On–Top, Assiniboine man living in Butte, 1966

Elizabeth Lochrie -- Maria-Weasel-Head
Maria Weasel Head, Pecunnie Native American woman, 1968

Elizabeth Lochrie "Montana Culture" Exhibit

Exhibit duration July 1st – 26th 2017

Elizabeth Lochrie "The Daughter of Montana", Elizabeth (Tangye) Davey Lochrie(1890-1981), better known to the subjects of her paintings as "Netchitaki" ("Woman Alone in her Way") was an adopted member of the Blackfoot Nation.

The Daughter of Montana is today widely recognized as one of the state's leading, twentieth century woman artists. Born and raised in Deer Lodge, Montana, Elizabeth completed an art degree at Pratt Institute in 1911. She then returned to Montana where she settled in Butte to raise a family of three and pursue a lifelong career as an artist.

Elizabeth traveled to Glacier in 1931, and could converse in several Native American dialects. There, she and her husband met and befriended Gypsy and George Bull Child. George and his wife worked as models for artists visiting the park. George Bull Child was also an artist. For three summers, Elizabeth lived in Glacier and studied portrait painting. She made friends with many of the Blackfeet Indians there, and in 1932, the Blackfoot Nation adopted her, giving her the name, "Netchitaki" which means "Woman Alone in Her Way". Netchitaki is remembered by her more immediate family as artist and honorary member of the Blackfoot Nation. Elizabeth not only painted the Blackfoot people and their vanishing way of life, but like other artists and intellectuals of her time, she studied and immersed herself in their culture. For many years, she returned to the Blackfeet Indian Reservation and Glacier National Park to paint.

Best known for her portraits of local Native Americans, Elizabeth's work also includes rural and urban Montana landscape paintings, drawings and murals in a variety of media.

During 1924 and 1925, Lochrie painted eighteen children's murals for the Montana State Hospital at Galen. She also created murals for several post office buildings.

In 1937 Lochrie won the U.S. Treasury Department's competition for News from the States at the Dillon Post Office, depicting the historic arrival of mail in that community. At Glacier National Park, Lochrie studied under Winold Reiss and then served as artist for the Great Northern Railway from 1937 to 1939.

Elizabeth's greatest contribution to helping the Native Americans was, of course, her paintings themselves. Today they are historically priceless, partly because of the notes she carefully wrote on the backs of them. She made every effort to record the subject's name (in both English and comaki); information about the clothing or accouterments worn; interesting facts about his life; guesses at his approximate age. Similarly, she also documented the E. Lochrie landscapes. On the reverse of canvas or composition board can almost always be found some written observation which throws a bit more light on the fading frontier of her lifetime.

Over the course of a half century, Elizabeth's work has been widely exhibited among New York galleries as well as galleries and public places in Montana. When she died in 1981, Lochrie left a legacy of more than one thousand paintings, murals, and sculptures. She was one of Montana's most outstanding twentieth-century artists.
Montana Historical Society Photograph Archives, PAc 80-61
Elizabeth Lochrie painting a mural Elizabeth Lochrie

Calliope Speaks: Muse of Epic Poetry and Oratory -- Shawn Crowe
Urania Grasps the Galaxy: Muse of Astronomy -- Shawn Crowe

Blessings from the Muses –– Shawn Crowe

Artist Exhibit during Uptown Butte Artwalk ˜ September 4th • 5pm ~ 9pm
Exhibit duration September 1st – 26th

Spirit of Columbia Gardens Carousel and BSBAF Exhibit

Spirit of Columbia Gardens Carousel & BSBAF Exhibit

Exhibit duration July 1st – 26th

The BSBAF and the Spirit of Columbia Gardens Carousel have teamed up in a collaboration of the two non-profit groups to help raise funds for both the Carousel to build their building for the carousel and the BSBAF to help bring art, culture and history to the community. The feature will be the "The Columbia Gardens and Carousel Horse".

May Art Exhibit Mary Richardson, Allen Baker, and MilAnn Combs

May Art Exhibit Mary Richardson, Allen Baker, and MilAnn Combs

May 1st – 26th

Artist Reception: May 1st 5-9pm during the Art Walk

Mary Richardson is a Montana artist working with oil and acrylic. Her work focuses on birds and flowers this spring. During the fall she enjoyed painting moose and elk.

Allen Baker is from Wise River and his art reflects his travels in Africa. Along with African Wildlife he also paints local wildlife in water color and acrylic.

MilAnn Combs, also from Wise River will display many miniatures of mountain scenes and also fall scenes. Her favorite medium is acrylics.

A.W.A.R.E. Growth thru Art Exhibit

April ˜ A.W.A.R.E. Growth thru Art Exhibit - hosted by BSBAF

April 1st – 26th
The BSBAF is honored to have the art work by the folks at A.W.A.R.E.on display for the month of April. The program created by A.W.A.R.E. helps the people they care for be creative, social, and to bring awareness to the communities in Montana about how amazing the people at A.W.A.R.E. are.

Growth Thru Art began in 1980 with 15 artists with Developmental Disabilities in Billings looking for a more dedicated way to express themselves creatively. AWARE was presented with the opportunity to manage Growth Thru Art in December 2011.

Annual Youth Art Exhibit

Annual Youth Art Exhibit

March 1st – 26th
Jon Berceir's – Butte High Art Class Student's annual art exhibit.

Annual Chinese New Year Exhibit

Annual Chinese New Year Exhibit

The BSBAF and the Mai Wah Museum have once again teamed up to bring back the Chinese New Year Art Exhibit, a collaboration of the two non-profit groups that started with the year of the rat. The feature will be the "Year of the Sheep". The Year of the Sheep Art Exhibition is a fund raiser for the BSBAF and the Mai Wah Museum.


Copper City Artists Art Exhibit

Copper City Artists Art Exhibit

December 1st – 29th
The BSBAF is honored to exhibit the talents of the previous Copper City Artists members. The BSBAF invites you to join us in recognizing the talents of Butte's local artists.

Day of the Dead Art Exhibit

Day of the Dead Art Exhibit

November 1st – 27th
The Butte Silver Bow Arts Foundation is excited to host the Day of the Dead Art Appreciation 101 Students Art Exhibit & Recognition of the Departed Event

Elizabeth Lochrie Art Exhibit

Elizabeth Lochrie Art Exhibit

October 1st – 29th
The Butte Silver Bow Arts Foundation is excited to bring the foundation's Elizabeth Lochrie collection out of storage for its yearly viewing. The collection will be on display during the month of October so please stop by to enjoy the talents of one of Butte's most memorable artists.

Kasey Renee Art Exhibit

Kasey Renee Art Exhibit

September 1st – 29th

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