The Purple Pomegranate, a fine craft specialty store, is featuring work by Butte painter Sallie Bowen during the month of July. Sallie has been painting for most of her life. Subject matter comes from her own experiences, travel, sketches, and recollections. Many of the paintings evolve and go through many changes. At times the transformation is a slow process, and at others, can marvelously “flow” from one stage to another with little effort. She is always surprised that something- the visual imagery- can come from “nothing”, or no preconceived idea. Oftentimes, color is arbitrary, giving the work a more personal touch. Shapes come out of negative spaces and these “found shapes” must work with the “internal logic” of the paintings.
Sallie feels that to participate in art is to celebrate life. “Our short existence on this earth demands that we give full attention. Being an artist is both an honor and a responsibility to spend time wisely in producing the best work.”
Meet Sallie during Whitefish Gallery Night, Thursday, July 2, 2009 from 6-9 PM. Sallie’s work will be displayed during the opening and throughout the month of July.
The Purple Pomegranate, located in downtown Whitefish, features handcrafted artware from artists across the United States. Representing more than 150 American artists, the store’s eclectic offerings include jewelry, ceramics, musical instruments, turned wood, glass art, fiber art, prints and paintings. Look for us on the web at http://www.purplepomegranate.com .