visual Arts

What are the Visual Arts?

The visual arts encompass creative works which typically provide a tangible representation that may reflect nature, culture, or abstract pattern or design. Visual artists have a variety of mediums from which to choose – painting, drawing, photography, printmaking, ceramics, fabric art, and much more.

 

The Visual Arts Subcommittee of the Sanders County Arts Council is a volunteer group open to any visual artists and friends of the arts in the county. The subcommittee’s mission is to encourage and support the visual arts in our area. Participating visual artists represent a wide variety of media and subject matter.

 

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A mosaic is an artistic design or pattern comprised of many small pieces, each distinct but also contributing to the overall artistic design or pattern. The pieces of a mosaic may be similar or different with regard to size, shape, material, and color. 

The Sanders County Arts Council chose “Mosaic” as the title of their annual visual arts series to highlight the individual and specific identities of each event and to acknowledge the overall synchronicity of their collective effect. Each event is unique, not caused by or dependent on another, and yet collectively they incorporate the works of different artists and art forms in different venues, for different time frames -- all to showcase the visual arts to be as diverse as each artist.

 

Mosaic ~ The Events

 
 

Learn more about our local artists who were featured in the 2017 "Artists in Paradise" calendar and their preferred mediums

Our yearly fall gathering of local artists for learning and purchasing artwork

 

Our Charge

 

The Visual Arts Subcommittee meets on a regular basis, collectively makes decisions, makes recommendations to the Arts Council, and uses small groups to achieve progress on four areas of focus to achieve the mission. The areas of focus are explained more fully in the “Goals in Action” section. 

To encourage and support one another as artists 

This is accomplished through a communications network, regular meetings, classes, studio visits, and group trips. 

To bring a greater focus on visual arts in our area 

This is accomplished through sponsorship of an open studio event in the summer, a countywide art exhibit, and promotional efforts (such as a booth at Trade Days and other community events). 

To develop an arts center 

This is an ongoing effort to have space for both visual and performing arts, including exhibits and demonstrations, performances, classes, working space for local and visiting artists, and more. 

To educate youth and engage them in the visual arts 

This is accomplished through contacting school art teachers, offering to have artists visit classrooms, including youth in exhibits, and inviting youth to artists’ studios. 

 

Goals in Action

The Visual Arts Subcommittee has four goals to support its mission and guide its work. 

To encourage and support one another as artists 

To bring a greater focus on visual arts in our area 

This is accomplished through a communications network, regular meetings, classes, studio visits, and group trips. 

Communications network: the subcommittee maintains a contact list of interested visual artists and friends of the arts that serves as the basis for networking and notification. The list currently includes more than 80 people.  Through the contact list, the subcommittee announces classes, field trips, and exhibits that are open to all visual artists in the county.

 

Sponsored classes have included oil, acrylic and watercolor painting; working with pastels; portraiture; altered books; and more.

 

Field trips have included photographers and painters visiting scenic places together to discuss how each would approach capturing what they see; “artists visiting artists” which was an opportunity on three Saturdays for artists to visit the studio and working spaces of other artists in an orchestrated way. 

This is accomplished through sponsorship of an open studio event in the summer, a countywide art exhibit, and promotional efforts (such as a booth at Trade Days and other community events).  

Opportunities for artists to show their work include “Art on the Walls,” “Art Out and About,” and “Artists in Paradise." These events provide the public with an opportunity to see and experience the array of visual arts media.

For its 2017 calendar, The Printery in Plains featured the work of 12 participants in the “Artists in Paradise” Exhibit. Additional information on those artists is available under the “2017 Calendar” section. 

To develop an arts center 

This is an ongoing effort to have space for both visual and performing arts, including exhibits and demonstrations, performances, classes, working space for local and visiting artists, and more. 

The visual arts subcommittee has worked since 2013 to help preserve and repurpose the 1910 Paradise Elementary School to serve – in part – as an arts center. In 2016 the school trustees deeded the property to Sanders County and the county leases the space to the Paradise Elementary School Preservation Committee for administration and operation.

The Paradise Center is being repurposed as a community, visitor and arts center. Visual artists have access to the upper floor and basement of the 1910 school building for classes, studio space, and a gallery. They have access to a large multipurpose room for exhibits and sales. For additional information on The Paradise Center visit http://paradisecentermt.org. 

This is accomplished through contacting school art teachers, offering to have artists visit classrooms, including youth in exhibits, and inviting youth to artists’ studios. 

Visual artists engage youth in several ways, including a quarterly “Art on the Walls” exhibit for county youth and through direct contact when invited by county art teachers to demonstrate and discuss their work with students. 

To educate youth and engage them in the visual arts 

 

Get Involved

Getting involved is easy and may be done in several ways.

Use the contact function on the menu bar of this website to send a message to be included on the communications list.

Watch for notifications of classes and exhibits. Application forms will be posted here on a regular basis.

Volunteer your talent to teach a class, assist with scenery for plays and musical events, and make suggestions to us about other activities we should sponsor.