Stumptown Art Studio in downtown Whitefish is featuring wildlife and landscape oil paintings by Ed Wolff. An opening reception for the artist takes place on Thursday, July 3 from 6-9 p.m. during First Thursday Gallery Nights.
Ed Wolff recently retired to pursue his art career after practicing veterinary medicine in Missoula, Montana for 30 years. He is a self-taught artist through the study of artists he admires, books and daily practice. Ed bases out of his home/studio/gallery in the Bitterroot Valley, with the nearby Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness offering endless painting opportunities.
“While doing multi-day back packing trips in the remote Montana backcountry, I capture both wildlife and landscape subjects that speak to me, looking particularly for unusual or eye catching lighting,” he states. I make a conscious effort to compose the subject in the lens as I foresee it appearing on canvas, thus no longer anguishing over composition details. Fighting current trends, I continue using a SLR slide camera, viewing reference photographs on a reverse screen projector.”
Ed’s work is in private collections and galleries throughout the United States. He was recently juried into the Western Masters Art Show in Great Falls, part of the Russell Show art week. Also an accomplished wildlife photographer, Ed’s work has appeared in many national periodicals such as Outdoor Life, Ranger Rick, Montana Magazine, Outside Magazine and others. He has authored two books about Rocky Mountain elk and whitetail deer, and a book about his 40-year veterinary career.
The artwork of Ed Wolff will be on display through August 4, 2014 at Stumptown Art Studio, a non-profit community art center. Art opportunities for all ages and art interests are offered there, including classes and workshops, field trips, outreach programs with the Van Gogh, public art projects (currently WOW – Windows On Whitefish), a clay co-op, monthly exhibits and art gifts by local artists. In the Ceramics Annex, pottery-painting, glass-fusing and mosaic making are available on a walk-in basis during open hours 7 days-a-week. Open hours are Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sundays from noon-5 p.m. Private classes and parties can be arranged anytime.