Friday, August 18, 2000

Billings Gazette, Danforth Gallery Welcomes painters, sculptors tonight

"American Still Life" by Cory Jaeger is on display.

Livingston--The Danforth Gallery has opened an exhibit featuring Cory Jaeger and Neil Jussila of Billings, Joan Rysavy and Brian Persha of Bozeman and Christy Wed of Glendive.

An opening reception for the artists will be from 6:30 to 9:30 pm Friday, Aug. 18 during the Livingston Gallery Art Walk.

In her pastels, Jaeger explores the tangles of her love relationships, the stale repetition of domestic life, the suppressed anxieties beneath the pretty tract houses with manicured lawns.

Jussila has no qualms about presenting figurative paintings along with abstract ones. What remains important to him is form, with insight, he says.

"I mindfully let drawings and paintings form themselves through consciousness where immediacy, freshness, power, ease and grace is always the desired goal," Jussila says.

Ryshavy loves to paint birds on site, in their natural environment. She is "transfixed by their behavior and is more interested in capturing the moment than give an anatomically correct rendition of the critters."

Persha will exhibit his bronze pieces as well as a few ceramic ones. He says his bronze-inset mirror and self-standing sink is "a testimony to my unflinching commitment to beauty and quality."

For Wert, making pots is her way of "communicating the beauty she sees and feels in the world." She works in a technique called sgraffio.

The show will run to Sept. 13. The Danforth Gallery is located at 106 N. Main in Livingston. For more information, call (406) 222-6510.