Zoot Art Gallery
About The Gallery
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.
Three Artists, Three Journeys
November 2018 – January 2019
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.
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.
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NOVEMBER 2018 – JANUARY 2019
The Zoot Gallery is pleased to present a joint exhibition for artists Katy Nygard, Carol Kimble, Gina Gahagan
Opening Reception: Thursday, November 8th, 5:30-7:30 pm
Transformations: Three Artists, Three Journeys features a trio of local fiber artists. Each tells a story by using dye, paint, ink, pencil, thread, beads and found objects to transform the surface of cloth and paper into 2 and 3 dimensional art.
My work is inspired by nature’s color and architecture. I am increasingly interested in negative space and aspects of what may not be readily seen. I use materials often discarded as a way of honoring the whole and find such exploration offers a deeper appreciation for life’s many layers. As a fiber artist and surface designer, I enjoy using a variety of design techniques beyond stitch, including Thermofax™ screens, hand-carved stamps and stencils, as well as paint and dye. I recently launched a line of contemporary designs for fabric, wallpaper and gift wrap based on decades of studio work, now available to print on demand.
I use all kinds of fiber, dyes, paints and objects to represent my current feelings, questions, emotions, memories and experiences. The tactile process of connecting what I see, feel, hear, and remember to become this visual statement is my art. It is how I share and record my journey.
Gina is a Montana fiber artist and illustrator. She creates one-of-a-kind mixed media pieces. Her pieces often focus on the intimate, close-up and realistic details of plants and creatures in their habitat. She strives to show the beauty of life forms by focusing on patterns and rhythm of line, color and texture. Often working with a limited palette, she communicates a mood with color and value.