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.
Pat Branting | Karen Tanner
August – October 2018
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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AUGUST – OCTOBER 2018
The Zoot Gallery is pleased to present a joint exhibition for artists Karen Tanner and Pat Branting.
Opening Reception: Wednesday, August 8th, 5:30-7:30 pm
The joy of painting for Branting is using the texture of the paint, the variety of brush strokes, and color to create the drama of the subject. Visually searching for large abstract shapes, a path into the painting, and focal area are what makes the process of painting continually exciting and challenging for her.
Painting through the Montana seasons produced a new conceptual series for Karen Tanner. The color palette reflects the weather and environment we all share, maybe at times endure. But look further. River water, fresh water fish and cairns of native rocks give the immediate title to the series, “Aqua/Terra”, but delve deeper and there are many more subtle layers to the pieces. Sub-titled ‘Paintings of the Inner Life’, the works originate from Tanner’s exploration of water symbols and the life that dwells within. Embedded textural labyrinths and patina gold leaf add depth to this series that uncovers a visual passage of time.