The exhibition explores the artistic link between the writer and the painter


In June, the Hockaday Museum of Art presents a timely and unique collaborative art exhibition between two artists spanning two continents. “Between Artists: Life in Paintings and Prose” is the result of a two-year collaboration between Damon Falke, an American-born writer, poet and playwright living in northern Norway, and Montana artist Tabby Ivy.

Their journey began in 2018 when Falke noticed Ivy’s paintings on a gallery’s Facebook page and a conversation between the two artists began. Their long-distance communication and collaboration flourished despite the miles that separated them.

Ivy notes, “In a strange way, the distance in miles, the growing challenge of the global pandemic, as well as the time difference between Norway and Montana, allowed for a kind of intimacy in our collaboration. The disconnect provided a safe place for creative exploration and personal reflection that wouldn’t have been possible if Damon and I were living in the same place. Over time, common themes emerged from a project born of distance, online media and the pandemic – Reflections on the Journey of Life, Loss, Memory and Silence.

“Between Artists” incorporates written, sound and video elements, as well as a diverse set of new works by Ivy, depicted in over 30 paintings.

About the exhibition, Falke says that “Between Artists” invites the viewer to discover what is near in life, to stop and not just look, but see and find a quiet place within themselves. to think.

“This is the first international collaborative project of its kind presented by the museum,” said Alyssa Cordova, executive director of Hockaday. “While the pandemic has brought many challenges, it has also opened up new creative opportunities, including this unique visual conversation between two artists that began in an online virtual space, but is now shared with the public in the form of a physical and immersive art installation.

Artist-to-Art, Life in Paintings and Prose opens for a preview reception on Thursday, June 16 from 5-7 p.m. and will be on view to the public June 17-August 20. A moderated panel discussion between Falke, Ivy and Charlies Pepiton on the role of artist collaboration will take place at 4 p.m., at the Hockaday Museum of Art before the reception.

In addition to the exhibit, the Hockaday and Flathead Valley Community College Foundation have joined forces to provide a unique cultural experience for the community. On Saturday, June 18, the FVCC Drama Department will present Falke’s play, “The Scent of a Thousand Rains,” a performance piece in verse for an actor and violinist. The play is adapted for the stage and directed by Charles M. Pepiton, Artistic Director Producer of Square Top Theatre, Spokane, and performed by veteran Seattle actor Ryan Childers, with music composed, arranged and performed by the violinist Tana Bachman-Bland.

The show will be available to the public free of charge, but seating is limited and reserved tickets are required. To reserve, contact [email protected] or call 406-755-5268.


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