Whitefish Galleries focus on First Thursday



Cawdrey Gallery at Whitefish presents local emerging artists Madison Apple and Morgan Cawdrey for the first Thursday, September 1, Whitefish Gallery Night from 6-9 p.m. Apple is well known as a graphic designer from Flathead Valley, volunteer art teacher at KALICO Community Art Center, muralist and painter of Glacier National Park landscapes. Cawdrey went to Bigfork High School, studied Chinese language and art at Dartmouth College, and has lived in Whitefish since 2012, where he paints the Montana scenes and wildlife that inspire him.

Apple and Cawdrey are also employed by Cawdrey Gallery. Apple is a salesperson and graphic designer and Cawdrey is assistant gallery manager.

“I grew comfortable with watercolor painting on silk or paper, taught by my mother, artist and gallerist Nancy Dunlop Cawdrey,” said Morgan Cawdrey. “While silk dyeing is always the best choice for many subjects, I have recently had a lot of fun painting old barns and local landscapes in oils, often ‘en plein air’ or ‘en plein air’, primarily using a palette knife.”

Apple has made art all her life, drawing inspiration from the Montana backcountry.

“I think about capturing the raw emotion of mother nature through storms, cloud formations, and dramatic light and shadow. To me, it shows the less forgiving side of the Rocky Mountains and I think that’s amazing,” Apple said.

Each artist will present eight to ten pieces, including recently completed works, as well as demonstrations. Light refreshments will be served.

During special event Thursday, September 8 from 6-8 p.m. at the Cawdrey Gallery, artists Trey McCarley and Bonnie Zahn Griffith will share new work and talk about their process as landscape painters. Craft cocktails and fall pasture planks will be served. RSVP to Cawdrey Gallery to attend, as seating is limited.


Shawna Moore is a contemporary American painter known for her subtle explorations of color. His paintings are the product of an ongoing investigation into the nature of abstraction and the medium of painting itself.

Moore’s work, featured at Underscore Art in its “Watermark” exhibition, gives viewers the opportunity to immerse themselves in water and Moore’s sophisticated collision of representation and abstraction.

Meet the artist at the opening of the exhibition from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on September 1. Dan Dubuque will provide live music.



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