May 10th 5:30 – 7:30 PM
We are thrilled to present this gorgeous show to Southwest Montana. Talent runs in the family with the incredibly talented Nancy Dunlop Cawdrey and her son, Morgan Cawdrey.
A colorist with a strong sense of design, Nancy’s work always evokes a response whether she is creating one of her signature western figure pieces, a breathtaking landscape, or a vibrant floral. Nancy has a passion for color, texture and pattern, and allows spontaneity and brilliance to come through in her paintings whether she’s working with silk, watercolor, or oil. Nancy is the daughter of a retired career officer which means she traveled extensively and was exposed to exotic cultures throughout her childhood. In whatever country her father was stationed, Nancy immersed herself in the culture, and her affection for the arts later led her to study two years in Paris and another five years in Britain.
Morgan Cawdrey, raised in the relative wilderness of Thompson Falls, MT and later in the dramatic Flathead Valley, has been drawing and painting in the studio since he was able to hold a brush, studying the art of painting dye on silk and other media with his mother, Nancy Dunlop Cawdrey. He began selling work at 14 after winning first place of his age division in the Montana State Jr. Duck Stamp contest several times, and has enjoyed the patronage of collectors from all over the United States since then.
Morgan graduated in 2009 from Dartmouth College with a degree in Chinese Language and Literature (Mandarin). He spent three terms in China, absorbing the culture, which brought a new perspective and reverence to his study of the ancient Chinese art of silk painting. With his depictions of wide open spaces and fascinating wildlife, Morgan attempts an “East Meets West” effect- painting Western subject matter with French dyes on Chinese silk. He has recently begun studying plein air oil painting as well.
Art spurs creativity in the work place and we wanted to have that environment here. It’s also important to provide local artists with a venue to display their works.
I’ve been fortunate to exhibit in the Zoot Art Gallery. It was an honor for me to display my artwork in such a well designed space and among such a friendly and generous group of people. This is a fabulous community resource for artists. The gallery is well worth a visit if you haven’t had the opportunity to do so.
The Zoot Art Gallery in Bozeman, Montana features a rotating schedule of works by Montana artists in a corporate exhibition space for the enjoyment of employees and the community alike.
When Zoot founder and CEO Chris Nelson planned Zoot’s headquarters he required an unusual design element: space for a dedicated, first-rate art gallery. “Art spurs creativity in the work place and we wanted to have that environment here. It’s also important to provide local artists with a venue to display their works,” says Nelson.
The museum quality gallery boasts 108 linear feet of wall hanging space and large floor areas for sculpture. All work sold through the gallery is commission-free. The exhibits of Montana-only artists rotate approximately every three months, and are selected by the Zoot Committee for the Arts.
The Zoot Art Gallery is open to the public from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday.
Gallery hours are extended for artist’s opening receptions, generally held from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm.
Not only is the physical space of Zoot’s gallery impressive, so is the range of artists who exhibit their work here. Each show is completely different from the one before. This allows the diversity of Montana’s artists to be seen and regular attendees to experience many artistic styles.
The artists who have shown at Zoot are also featured at top galleries and juried shows nationally and internationally. More important than their credentials, however, is the passion and technique they bring to their work. These are artists whose paintings explode with color in landscapes or abstracts, or whose collages blend multimedia images to transform the mundane into story.
Zoot’s art committee has selected work from plein air painters, chain-saw sculptors, stained glass environmentalists, and more. Receptions are lively with large turnouts to enjoy the music and food.
If you have questions regarding the Zoot Art Gallery, please contact the gallery coordinator:
(406) 556-8930 or (406) 586-5050