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Dale Livezey

Montana painter Dale Livezey is a poet of dusk and of daybreak. He is drawn to the swiftly changing light, the intensities of color, that come at sunset and at dawn. . . . There is a contemplative, almost prayerful quality to Livezey’s dramatic and serene evocations of real, and wholly imagined, places at their most striking.

– Excerpted from a longer essay by Rick Newby


James Hoyne

“After years as an ER physician, running from one disaster to another, never being able to spend as much time solving a problem as I would have liked, I decided to switch careers.  Now I can plane off 1/128″, check the fit and try again till I get it as perfect as I want.  If it takes 2, 5 or 10 passes, I do it till it meets my standards of quality.

I studied with Gary Rogowski, master furniture maker and author in Portland, Oregon.  A combination of machines are used for my basic milling procedures.  I choose from various hand tools for cutting joinery, final fitting and detailing.

My style is a lighter version of Arts and Crafts, in both wood species and proportions.  It is based on the English Arts and Crafts movement, but is influenced by Greene and Greene, Harvey Ellis, Edward Barnsley and Asian themes.

I work in native hardwoods such as quartersawn white oak, maple, ash, beech, Oregon black walnut and cherry.  I also feature exotics including ebony, Honduran mahogany, zebrano, sapele and wenge.

Techniques include hand-cut dovetails, mortise and tenon featuring ebony wedged through tenons, bent lamination, carving and inlay. Finishes depend on the function of the piece, but I am proficient in oil, shellac, polyurethane and wax.  My preference is not to stain but rather to allow the wood’s natural color and grain to shine through.

I can work with a client’s ideas to produce their own unique design or I can design one of my own signature pieces to fit the function they envision.

I aspire to produce heirloom quality, handcrafted, custom furniture.”

Barry Hood

Barry Hood was born in 1948. A love of nature and the west is probably embedded in him genetically. His great grandfather, George McCone, rode a pony express route between Bismark, North Dakota and Miles City, Montana. He brought the first cattle into the lower Yellowstone river country, became a state senator and even had a county named after him. As a child,Barry lived in such far-flung places as Japan and England… but, always returning to Montana. He studied art under the reknown ceramist Rudy Autio, at the University of Montana and received a BFA in 1973. Over the last four decades, Hood’s artwork has evolved, garnering both regional and national attention, as well as a loyal contingency of collectors. Barry Hood lives in Helena, Montana with his wife, Eliza Frazer, their son Jack and their dog, Pounce.

Josh Elliott

Born in Great Falls, MT in 1973, Josh Elliott and his family now live in Helena. Elliott draws his inspiration from nature and learned the importance of painting outdoors from his father, wildlife artist Steve Elliott.


Emily Schroeder Willis

Emily Schroeder Willis received her MFA from the University of Colorado, Boulder in 2006. She is the recipient of numerous awards and scholarships, including the 2001 Jerome Fellowship from the Northern Clay Center and the Sage Scholarship from the Archie Bray Foundation. She has exhibited her work across North America as well as in Europe, Central America and Australia. Emily taught in Calgary, Canada at the Alberta College of Art + Design for the 2009-2010 academic school year as the ceramics department’s visiting artist and instructor under the Rawlinson Visiting Artist Initiative. Additionally, she was a presenter at the Arrowmont Utilitarian Clay Conference in 2012. Currently, she has a studio in Chicago.