Julie Engler’s ceramics at Stumptown Art Studio

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Fish On opens for the June 5 Whitefish Gallery Night at Stumptown Art Studio.  The reception for artist Julie Engler of Mudslinger Studios is from 6-9 p.m. at Stumptown Art Studio.

Her exhibit, Fish On, is a vibrant display of her ceramic pocket fish.  According to the artist, the hand-built stoneware trout and salmon each has a “secret pocket” on the back, for flowers or for hiding a key”.

Julie comes from a background in the arts, her father being a professional musician.  Her work in clay began in high school where she produced award-winning pieces.  In graduate school she won honorable mention in a show judged by Lela Autio and her work is in the University of Montana’s permanent collection.

These days, Julie works at her “Mudslinger Studios” in Columbia Falls where she creates her pocket fish and voluminous pots of very thin coils.  A web gallery of her work can be viewed at mudslingerstudios.com  Fish On will be on display through July 1.

Stumptown Art Studio is a non-profit community art center in the heart of Whitefish, Montana.  It was founded in 1995 to offer art opportunities for all ages and art interests including:  classes, workshops, art camps, art parties, a clay cooperative, potter painting, glass fusing and mosaic-making in the Ceramics Annex, art gifts, retail art supplies and exhibits.

Exhibits hosted at Stumptown Art Studio feature guest artists, group displays, student works, new work and provide exhibit experience for emerging artists.  Each month during the First Thursday Gallery Night season from May through October, the work of a different artist is on display for a month.

Open hours to view exhibitions and take part in the many other art offerings are:  Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.and Sundays from noon-5 p.m.  After hours parties and birthday parties can also be arranged.  For continued updates please call 406.862.5929, stop by 145 Central Avenue in Whitefish or check the web site at www.stumptownartstudio.org