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The Frame of Mind Art Gallery is Missoula's new home for the artwork of Monte Dolack and Mary Beth Percival. Monte's body of work is inspired by his love of nature and mythology, capturing the hearts of nature enthusiasts and art aficianados world wide. Mary Beth Percival's watercolor paintings are an insight into the land where she was born, and celebrate the quiet comforts of daily living.

The Frame of Mind Art Gallery hosts a variety of artists and shows throughout the year. We welcome artists of all locales to submit work to become a part of our art exhibits. We feature Juried art shows, group artist shows, and also welcome artists to submit their work for a solo show.

Follow us here or on Facebook to learn about upcoming shows and opportunities to participate.

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Introducing our Interactive Virtual Art Gallery 

Now available for viewing! 

We know how important it is to maintain social distancing during this time, but we also know that Missoula is full of art lovers and that First Friday is an important event for all of us.

Soooo... since you can't come to us, we're coming to you!

Not only is this a way to stroll through our gallery and see our collection of work, but we have also provided links to all of the art available on our walls with detailed descriptions and ways of purchasing these items.

 

Click the Gallery below to start your walk through now!

Featured Event

 



 

Frame of Mind’s

3rd Annual Juried Art Expo

Featuring artwork from local and national artists

 

Second Friday Reception at Frame of Mind Gallery

July 9th, 2021

This event will run from 5:30 p.m.- 8:00 p.m.

Art will be on display July 1st - 31st

 

Featuring guest judges:

Monte Dolack: Voted Missoula’s Best Artist in the Missoula Choice Awards

Courtney Blazon: A past recipient of a Montana Arts Council Artists Innovation Award

 

Artwork by:

*Amanda Bielby  .  Colter May  .  David Cooper  .  Dot Harris

Jace Anderson  .  *Jamie Betts  .  Janice Fortney .  Kate Wilburn

*Keith VanDePol  .  Keziah Efta  .  Kristine Vander Velde  .  Laura Blue Palmer  .  Leslie Clayborn

*Marvin Pauls  .  *Rachel Calderon Navarro  .  Rebecca Fiske  .  Sharon Davidson

* returning artist

 

About the Show

For the past 3 years, Frame of Mind has reached out to the art community with their Annual Art Exposition. This is a celebration of artists of all ages, backgrounds, medias, and styles. This Exposition has grown from a few local artists to a national event this year, with participants coming from other states.

Each year, the work of the artists is judged by local influental artists and leaders to not only help these artists grow and learn, but to find the best of the best of each year. Prizes for this Exposition are as follows:

1st place: The winning artwork will be featured on our Frame of Mind website, as well as in our newsletter. A $50.00 Frame of Mind gift certificate, and $50.00 prize.
2nd place: A $50.00 Frame of Mind gift certificate and $25.00 prize.
3rd place: A $25.00 Frame of Mind gift certificate and $20.00 prize.

Juror’s Choice to be announced.

This year’s event will celebrate our first open reception since the Covid 19 Pandemic, attendance will be limited to 50 people, no wine pourings or snacks, but individual drinks and snacks will be provided.

For more information, contact Heather Taylor : 406-549-8589 htaylor@frameofmindmt.com

 



 

 

More About the Artists and Their Works on Display

 

Amanda Bielby

Working in the building trades, I found myself unbalanced and developing painful arthritis through my back and shoulders. I desired my work and found balance in art. Is use the techniques I learned as an industrial painter in my art to satisfy my passion to build and heal.

 

Bird at Deer Creek Loop

Ink-tence blocks with soft pastels on mixed media art board

8 x 10

$500.00

First Sun in Spring

Ink-tence blocks with soft pastels on mixed media art board

12 x 16

$700.00

Tromping Through Kiwanis Park

Ink-tence blocks with soft pastels on mixed media art board

10 x 8

$500.00

 


 

Colter May

As a native of Montana, I have benefited from a legacy of exploration, natural wonder, and deep admiration for wildlife. My childhood years brought me within close personal proximity to many of the Monarchs of the West. I frequently observed wildlife in their natural environments, an opportunity that is becoming increasingly rare. The connection I developed with the land and animals imprinted me with a desire to share these experiences. This show is an opportunity for me to use paint on canvas to honor the grandeur of western wildlife and landscape. I hope to create an encounter between the subject of my work and the viewer that sparks a sense of wonder.

Website:  coltermay.com

Instagram: @coltermay

Prairie Phantom

Oil

9 x 12

$425.00

 


 

David Cooper

Born on the North Shore of Massachusetts, I have embraced the journey to seek out stunning landscapes and new experiences. I have been tremendously lucky to be able to live and work in some of the most beautiful places in the world, and I aspire to share those experiences through my adventure photography with everyone. 

 

Golden

Photography

20 x 16

$300.00

Journey

Photography

16 x 20

$300.00

 


 

Dot Harris

Originally a New Englander, Dot was raised with a love of water: Cape Cod bays, salty isllets, and rowing ponds. These waters and boats have become one of her art passions. In her professional life, she taught high school English and coached drama. She has worked in watercolor for more than 20 years mostly in norther winsconsin on Lake Superior whe she painted landscapes. With the onset of the pandemic, she began to experiment with acrylic and large canvases.

 

A Gaggle of Boats

Acrylic

18 x 24

$415.00

A Love Note on an Old Birch

Acrylic

$315.00

Reflections in Wet Sand

Acrylic

18 x 24

$415.00

 


Jace Anderson

Jace Anderson is an earthbound artist, author, spiritualist, and designer. His projects have been described as a combination of ethereal, spiritual, and expansive. A continual thread of this core message is stitched into all facets of each of his creations: be here, be now.

Website: http://www.thecrystalboneway.com
Tiktok: https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMdyAv2go/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thecrystalboneway/

I Miss You, Rosemary

Archival Print of Original Graphite

10 x 11

$350.00

Portrait of a Shipbuilder

Archival Print of Original Graphite

5 x 10.5

$350.00


Jamie Betts

Art was always a strange concept for me in my earlier stages of my life.  I was too consumed with trying to survive in the workforce to truly appreciate it.  It took a friend to show me stress management through art and she encouraged photography as median to try.  She told me art is subjective and also a personal expression of emotion.  She encouraged me to find a deeper meaning in photography than merely what I saw with the naked eye.

Life is more interesting through the lens of a camera.  The world seems new and fresh.  The sunrise has never looked so crisp and perfect.  I find myself seeing a simple scenery and by using my camera, I discover beauty.  I can use my Canon to capture beauty amongst chaos and also discover myself.

Photography brings me a personal peace.  Through photography I have found an way for creativity but also outlet for stress management.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Morning on the River

Photography

11 x 14

$100.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Day, New Adventures

Photography

11 x 14

$100.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vivid Impression on Lake McDonald

Photograpy

8 x 20

$150.00

 


 

Janice Fortney

As far back as I can remember I was drawn to watercolor paintings, intrigued by the glowing transparency and soft mingling of colors. I was not a "natural" artist, though some of my teachers saw a "talent" that was not apparent to me. It was not until I was approaching retirement that I decided to take a few lessons in watercolor painting. The instructor was very encouraging and told me to "just kepp on painting, you'll get better." I was hooked and continued to self-study through online videos and workshops. While living in California, I was a member of the Alliance of California Artists in Fresno and have received several awards. Two years in a row, my watercolor paintings won first place in the Clovis Art Guild open shows, and second and thrid place in the Fresno County Fair Competition, which daws many artists. I like to experiment with different subjects, but my main love is landscape. I am constantly intrigued by light and shadow, and edeavor to do more plein air painting. Most of my artwork is done in the studio and is best described as "painterly realism" in which I seek to convey a sense of place and mood. I relocated to Missoula, Montana in early 2020 and am excited to have so much natural beauty all around me that inspires me to paint.

 

Ya Coming?

Watercolor

12 x 16 

$275.00

Harmony Ridge

Watercolor

12 x 16

$300.00

Little Boat's Still Afloat

Watercolor

10 x 14

$200.00

 


 

Kate Wilburn


Kate Wilburn cherishes the wild Land, is keenly aware of legacy across generations. At 67, she's lived an amazing life terrain as engineer, homesteader, full-time single parent, permaculture designer, teacher, writer.  In watercolor, colored pencil & ink, she creates vivid contrasts in strong shapes & color, light & dark. She celebrates nuanced Life and its intense beauty. Passionate over the challenges before us, she's now writing children's stories that teach & imagine new possibilities.  They speak to the notion that we humans belong to the land.These current art pieces are some of the illustrations for her next stories that weave humans in community with keystone native plants, jeweled insects, & each other. Learn more about Kate and her work at phoenixesrising.org/art-and-storytelling

Camouflage As Art

Watercolor, Ink, Colored Pencil

6.5 x 9

$330.00

For the Next Generations

Watercolor, Ink, Colored Pencil

4.5 x 7.25

$275.00

Tending the Land

Watercolor, Ink, Colored Pencil

4.75 x 6

$225.00

 


 

Keith VanDePol

Keith VanDePol holds a BFA from University of Iowa and a Master of Arts in painting from Iowa State University. Painting has been a daily activity for Keith for decades and continues today with a studio in Missoula and also in Ames in his native Iowa. A Vietnam Nam veteran, Keith's paintings have been included in exhibits and collections in the US, Europe and Australia and he has participated in MAM'S annual benefit auction since retiring to Montana in 2014.

One of my continuing interests lies in illustrating how much our surroundings are manipulated by man to suit our needs, many times with some impact on the environment.

 

Hygge

Oil

20 x 16

$395.00

Lagoon

Oil

20 x 24

$495.00

Switchyard

Oil

24 x 18

$395.00

 


 

Keziah Efta

Keziah Efta is a self taught artist living in Missoula Montana. She draws inspiration from outdoor adventures with her family, and paints the spectacular every day moments she’d like to make last.

 

Mother's Day Flowers

Oil

18 x 20

$675.00

Neighborhood View

Oil

24 x 20

$1200.00

Storm Clouds

Oil

18 x 12

$560.00

 


 

Kristine Vander Velde

Grand Rapids, Michigan has been my home my entire life. As a child, I had a compulsion to draw which turned into a passion for painting in high school and college. The work I create in my studio is a personal response to the surrounding landscape of West Michigan. “In the Milkweed” is a random moment captured from my garden during the summer of 2020. The butterfly at rest in the Milkweed is a brief moment of stillness captured in the rhythm of leaf and shadow. I wanted to capture the impression of a space and time that lasted only a few seconds.

Website: vanderveldeart.com

Instagram: @samestaleshoe

In the Milkweed

Oil

11 x 11

$350.00

 


 

Laura Blue Palmer

I was born and raised in Roanoke, Virginia. I moved to Montana in 1994, and studied fine art at the University of Montana in Missoula for two years. I completed my formal art education at the San Francisco Art Institute, earning a BFA in 1999. City life was exciting, but my affection towards Montana was too strong, and I returned to the Big Sky state in 2000. Today, I make my home in Missoula where I paint in my studio. I have a true passion for the wild spaces of the west, as I document my experiences of nature in evocative abstract landscapes. I love to work with color and light in representing the moods and places I have seen in the wilderness. I have backpacked extensively in Montana, Canada, Wyoming, and Alaska, and draw on these locations to create my oils. My work is as much about memory as it is about place. I look upon my paintings as a map of my life, which I am constantly creating. In addition to making landscapes, I began making birds after moving into a home near the river where the bird habitat is abundant. I’ve been studying the birds in this region and learning about them through painting. I love to represent them in portrait format, each a unique example of their species. I love observing them through binoculars, choosing one, then painting it with rich oils.

 

Clouds

Oil

36 x 12

$1400.00

Sleepy Skyline

Oil

20 x 20

$1400.00

Sun Horizon

Oil

20 x 20

$1400.00

 



Leslie Clayborn


Native Montanan, born in Great Falls Medium: Acrylic I have no formal training and am inspired by my cat Belle and love of gardening. Working from photographs I take, I look for an interesting perspective that makes me want to grab a brush and go for it! Painting has been a lifeline for me during this past year. The process has been freeing to my mind and spirit. Creating an overall design that includes patterns and color, is more important to me than making the subject matter realistic.

Cat Nap

Acrylic

14 x 14

$300.00

Cheeto

Acrylic

14 x 14

$300.00

Waiting for Coffee at Loose Caboose

Acrylic

14 x 14

$300.00

 


 

Marvin Pauls

Art encompasses a certain amount of unpredictability such as that captured through technique, a motion of the human hand.

Being artistic is having an awareness of beauty, and the power and excitement experienced through encountering the unexpected. Taking these moments, replicating, ‘gussying up’ and developing them through a form of artistic expression singular to oneself.

The creative process continues bringing new moments of discovery: attachments to learning, successes, mistakes. Remembering it all enough to continue to express the act of discovery of being human and creative.

 

What?

Mixed Media - Watercolor, Ink, Collage, Gel Pens

6 x 11.5

$150.00

Imagined Memories from My Father's Childhood

Mixed Media - Colored Pencil, Watercolor, Ink, Collage, Pastel

11.5 x 6

$350.00

Flamingo Twins at the Salon

Hand-colored Drypoint Prints

3.5 x 5 (size of the two images together)

$150.00

 


 

Rachel Calderon Navarro

Rachel Calderon-Navarro is a Californian multi medium artist.She received her Bachelors of Fine Arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2012 and has been living and painting in Montana for the past eight years. Most pieces of artwork that Rachel creates are about searching. This piece is part of an ongoing series about searching for ways to become happy or experience joy. Some objects may be literal and some may be metaphoric, however the artist is the only one who needs to know what is what. Experiencing happiness is not always something that stays forever, but when it is around, you don’t have to anticipate the other shoe dropping.

 

Garden 1

Oil

20 x 20

$500.00

Garden 2

Oil

12 x 12

$300.00

 


 

Rebecca Fiske

Rebecca Fiske is a representational artist who resides in Missoula, Montana and was raised in coastal California. Both of these beautiful locations have instilled in her a profound love for the landscape.  While helping many people feel better about the way they looked via a career in hairdressing, she received her bachelor of fine arts from the University of Montana, Missoula in 2004. She employs both plein air and studio practices to create her work.

Inspired by the magnificent landscape, Rebecca's work is primarily driven by a need to capture the shapes found in nature that are exposed by light. Color, as a result of light, is also a primary concern.   

                                  

Bee Boxes

Oil

9 x 12

$250.00

Missoula's Bitterroot

Oil

16 x 12

$450.00

 

Go Left

Oil

16 x 12

$450.00

 


 

Sharon Davidson

I received my art degree from the University of Montana in the 80s. I was fortunate to study with Rudy Autio, Lee Nye, and James Dew! My husband and I returned to Missoula from Seattle in 2001. I began painting in 2016 to help me revoer from a health crisis. With encouragement from my art therapist and family, I began an art career. 

My art is intuitive abstract painting in acrylic. Waterways is a series I began after photographing the water ditches in the Franklin to the Fort neighborhood in 2020. I began walking the neighborhood and discovered these green spaces as they filled iwht the spring runoff. These spaces are unused and minimally maintained and I was captivated by the diversity of the plant life that has sprung from these temporary landscapes. 

Waterways 1

Acrylic

18 x 24

$650.00

Waterways 6

Acrylic

18 x 24

$650.00

Waterways 7

Acrylic

18 x 24

$650.00

 



 

Original Work Available for Purchase

 
 
Monte Dolack and Mary Beth Percival Originals Now Available for Purchase

Monte Dolack and Mary Beth Percival fans and collectors now have a rare opportunity to purchase some of Monte Dolack's iconic original artwork through our gallery. These pieces represent many different aspects of Monte and Mary Beth's careers. These pieces are part of our Originals gallery exhibition, and will be available at our gallery through the summer of 2016.
 

 

Saucers over the Big Stack:

For more than half a century, from the 1890s, the refinery was the area's biggest employer, refining metals such as copper and zinc mined in Butte and smelted in Anaconda. The operation helped win two world wars and electrified the country.
By 1972, the Anaconda Co. closed its zinc refining operation in Black Eagle and shut down the smokestack, putting 600 people out of work.
Atlantic Richfield Co. purchased the Anaconda Co. in 1977. ARCO closed its Black Eagle and Anaconda plants in 1980 and its Butte mines shut down in 1983. 
Cheers erupted among the 40,000 in the crowd watching dynamite try to destroy the iconic smokestack in Black Eagle on Sept. 18, 1982.
The 506-foot smokestack — supposedly weak enough to be a safety hazard — remained standing despite the initial dynamite blast. Later in the day, more dynamite finally toppled the last of the stack.
An era had ended in Great Falls.


 
 
 
 
Saucers over the Big Stack
Monte Dolack: 1990
19" x 28" 
Acrylic on Panel
$9,500.00


 
Montana Gold:
Monte Dolack's graphic art was prominent in the Missoula Rock Scene of the '70's and 80's. His art could be found on music oriented record covers, posters, logos and promotional materials for local Missoula rock bands. 
"I frequently worked with Chris Roberts of Meadowlark Ventures who represented and booked many bands in the west coast and western US music scene." -Monte Dolack.
Montana Gold I was the first part of a two part music anthology. The record included local Missoula bands Big Sky Mudflaps, SAE, Yellowstone, Montana, Live Wire Choir, Prophecy, and much More. The album quickly sold out and became a rare collector's item. The second album, Montana Gold II featured more artists, and also became a sought out collector's piece.  
 



Montana Gold
Monte Dolack: 1984
19" x 19"
Acrylic on Panel
$6,00.00

 

 
Live Wire Choir: 
Live Wire Choir was released on May 26th, 1978 and was recorded over a 4 week period while touring. The band consisted of the following members:
acoustic guitar, banjo, lead and harmony vocals - Richie Reinholdt
banjo, pedal steel guitar, acoustic guitar, penny whistle, lead and harmony vocals - Oakley Cassaboom
fiddle, mandolin, lead and harmony vocals - David Swayne mandolin and electric guitar - Frank Chiaverini
electric bass, lead and harmony vocals - Rick Waldorf
drums and penny whistle - Don Townley
with special guests:
alto sax and clarinet - Dexter Payne
back-up vocals - Beth Lo and Maureen Powell
2nd fiddle - Chojo (Wayne) Jacques

Live Wire Choir had a large following in Missoula, MT. Their bluegrass swing/ alternative country style could be seen at various venues, including the Aber Day Keggar, where they played with well known musicians like Bonnie Raitt, Elvis Bishop, and the Mountain Wood Band.
Live Wire Choir
Monte Dolack: 1978
19" x 19" 
Acrylic on Panel
$6,000.00
 
Hot Montana Afternoon: 
This piece is a variation of the print Hot Montana Afternoon. This piece was turned into a series based on a poem by the same name by Eli Siegel in 1957. 
(Excerpt from Hot Afternoons Have Been in Montana: Poems (Definition Press)
© 1957 by Eli Siegel
All words, feelings, movements, words, bodies, clothes, girls, trees, stones, things of beauty, books, desires are in it; and all are to be known;
Afternoons have to do with the whole world;
And the beauty of mind, feeling knowingly the world!
The world of girls' beautiful faces, bodies and clothes, quiet afternoons, graceful birds, great words, tearful music, mind-joying poetry, beautiful livings, loved things, known things: a to-be-used and known and pleasure-to-be giving world.  
This series represents Monte's use of air brushing in his artwork. This medium was combined with the clean steady use of acrylic to create a feeling of depth and space.
 
 

Hot Montana Afternoons
Monte Dolack: 1976
14 1/2" x 17 1/4"
Acrylic and Airbrush on Panel
$6,500.00
 
 
 
Leda and the Swan:
 
A beautifully rendered original gouache on paper painting.This piece depicts a woman bathing in the water of a lake near a swan. Her skin shines with the remnants of the sun soaking on her back, partially protected from a previously worn swimming garment.
Leda and the Swan is a story and subject in art from Greek mythology in which the god Zeus, in the form of a swan, seduces Leda. According to later Greek mythology, Leda bore Helen and Polydeuces, children of Zeus, while at the same time bearing Castor and Clytemnestra, children of her husband Tyndareus, the King of Sparta. 
 
The piece represents Monte's diverse use of mediums, as he uses the gouache both in the style of a watercolor and as a thicker medium, with a consistency closer to an acrylic paint.
 
 
 
 
 
Leda and the Swan
Monte Dolack: 1985
24" x 20"
Gouache on Paper
$1,900.00
 
 
Self Portrait:
 
The piece entitled "Self Portrait" portrays Monte on a warm Montana afternoon after a successful day of fishing. Kneeling in front of a small fishing hole, Monte displays his bounty of Rainbow Trout caught that day.

 

This piece represents Monte's diverse use of mediums, as he uses the gouache both in the style of a watercolor and as a thicker medium, with a consistency closer to that of an acrylic paint. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Self Portrait
Monte Dolack: 1984
24" x 20"
Gouache on Paper
$1,900.00
 
 

Bear with Fish:
 
The pen and Ink drawing by Mary Beth Percival shows her elegant way with a simple pen, and the graphic design capabilities.
 
Mary Beth did many pieces for small businesses in Missoula. Her combination of Pen and Ink and Watercolor or Gouache would create a clean even image that could be easily read in many different formats. Not only did she use this style of medium for graphic design, but in her artwork as well.
The piece Bear with Fish illustrates the way simple line work can relay the feeling of movement and action. The use of a minimal medium can still transform an image into fast paced movement. The Bear and Fish seem to move freely onto the paper.
Bear with Fish
Mary Beth Percival: 1978
15" x 11.25"
Pen and Ink with Gouache on Paper
$1,500.00
 
 

Monte Dolack

Frame of Mind is pleased to announce the addition of our gallery space to the store. The gallery space is the new home for Monte Dolack and Mary Beth Percival's art work, where we can display the full collection of their posters, fine art prints, notecards, post cards, and lithographs available in stock at our location.

Monte Dolack is a staple in the world of Montana artwork. His artwork captures the true magic and beauty that is found all around us in Montana. A native of Great Falls, Monte Dolack grew up surrounded by the same sweeping vistas and big sky that inspired Charlie Russell.  His love of Montana and passion for the West’s diverse landscapes and wildlife are evident in the images he creates and the commissions he undertakes.

Visit us today to see the artist’s collected works and view a rotating gallery of beautifully framed pieces by both Monte Dolack and Mary Beth Percival.

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