Big Sky Artist Roundup
For a relatively small community, Big Sky, Montana has plenty of artists per square mile. This is an example of three local talents who bring a contemporary spirit to their respective genres, but as with a lot of Montana art, the end result can’t help but be deeply tied to the landscape. So if you’re looking for art that is rooted in Big Sky and distinctly of the moment but still timeless, you don’t have to travel to the big city. Look no further than the many local artists with work in Big Sky galleries. And check in next month for another round…
Ari-O Jewelry by Ariane Coleman
Ariane Coleman, owner and founder of Ari-O Jewelry, is a Montana State University graduate who found her passion in metal smithing. Coleman combines rugged materials and refined details to create bracelets, necklaces, and other items that could be worn just as easily at a wedding as at a rodeo. Her love of Montana is reflected in many of her pieces, such as the “Going to the Sun” necklace and bracelets that echo Native American beading, but with a contemporary twist. Coleman also makes custom belt buckles and one-of-a-kind limited-edition jewelry. Her work has been featured in numerous galleries and publications nationwide. Coleman’s work is on display and for sale in Big Sky at the Gallatin River Gallery in the Big Sky Town Center, JP Woolies in the Mountain Mall, Ari O Jewelry Studio in the Big Horn Center in the Canyon (Hwy 191), and in Bozeman at the Museum of the Rockies. Learn more at http://www.ariojewelry.com/
Eye in the Sky Photography by Kene Sperry
Artist Kene (pronounced “Keen”) Sperry has travelled all around the world in pursuit of his love of “human photography.” A seasoned wedding photographer, Sperry’s images are intimate and emotional, and manage to be both casual and elegant at the same time. Sperry also specializes in engagement shoots and family portraits, and says he is always looking to create “that magical, beautiful experience.” He has an eye for capturing the drama of the landscape as well as the spectrum of human emotion and existence. “Photography is life,” Sperry says. See his work at www.eyeintheskyphotography.com.
A Rapid-City native with a background in graphic design and a penchant for roller derby, Kelsey Dzintars has taken her passion for creative problem solving into the world of fine art. Her subject matter is wide-ranging, from Western and African wildlife to musicians, figures, and bikes. She works in bold lines and vibrant colors, with a style that ranges from straightforward to whimsical and graphic-novel inspired. Dzintars’s paintings are unapologetic and emotionally stirring, full of movement and surprises. She says she seeks to inspire both “escape and introspection” through her work. Dzintars is also a graphic designer and illustrator; her work can be viewed and purchased online at http://www.kelseydzintars.com.