Original Works of Art
"In The Grove" by Caleb Meyer
This Aspen piece is an oil on board, 24x36. The painting was inspired by a trip to a camp, where Caleb Meyer grew up. "I enjoy the sense of being in the grove."
"Deterioration" Acrylic on oil on gessoed paper, 50x36
"When I paint plant life, I feel a Zen begin to happen. I find studying the leaves of a river tree
branch much more intriguing than painting an entire landscape because I can actually hold the
stem in my hand, turn it to study the three-dimensional structure, and get to know it as one of the
precious components that make up Montana’s breathtaking beauty. I sit quietly, listen, and focus
on one of its leaves. During my tranquil observation, I realize there is nothing more pure and
delicate, yet complicated and sophisticated as this natural phenomenon. I paint them because
they ground me. They remind me of my own part in this living world."
"My inspiration comes from my favorite quiet little side streets, peaceful trails, bridges and neighborhood places that I love. I use acrylic with a pallet knife to enhance the color and texture of the painting. I build up the acrylic starting with a black base that adds depth and a red underpainting so that when light hits it there are layers of different colors peeking through. My goal is to create an impressionistic image which is on the verge of abstract, that pulls you in with the vibrant color and energy."
"Missoula Sunset" by David Wilson
"Missoula Night" 30x40 The medium is guoache, on rag board.
"All Adrift" is part of A.M. Stockhill's woven series. It is 18"wide by 35" high.
A floorcloth was a generic term that referred to a carpet substitute of either treated or untreated wool, linen, or cotton. Floorcloths went by many names: painted, printed, stamped, or common carpet, oil floor cloth, wax cloth and fancy-pattern cloth to name a few. The first written reference to a painted floor cloth is a 1722 British receipt for a "floor oyled cloth". Orginally made of canvas, linseed oil, whiting and pigments, a painted floorcloth was waterproof, insect resistant and easily cleaned.
Floorcloths are one of the earliest forms of floorcoverings, attaining great popularity in England in the 1700's. They were first imported by Americans during the early years of our history and eventually manufactured here. Interest in floorcloths declined with the development of linoleum around the turn of the century.
The second half of the 20th century has seen a resurgence of interest in the medium reflecting the breadth and variety of contemporary art. Floorcloths have become a fashionable alternative to area rugs.