STUMPTOWN ART STUDIO – Brooke Marks-Swanson: Luxury/Landscape

Stumptown Art Studio is pleased to have visiting artist Brooke Marks-Swanson featured for the September 3, Whitefish Gallery Night. In addition, she is giving a workshop on Friday, September 4 from 6:30-9:30 p.m.Brooke Marks-Swanson

Brooke Marks-Swanson is a metal artist from Indiana whose work is exhibited in galleries throughout the U.S. Her work melds nature and craft in pieces ranging from jewelry to paintings to sculpture, as exhibited in the gallery night show Luxury/Landscape.

“I was born and raised in the middle of the United States, and I choose to remain where generations have worked and planted and harvested. Divisions of land become visible through the quiet act of forming a knit and purl stitch in leather. A luxury of freedom and vast space characterizes us to the rest of the world.”

The Friday evening workshop is on “Creating on Place and Expanding on Nature: Sculpture and Adornment”. Brooke elaborates, “Whether you’re interested in jewelry or sculpture, this class will offer a unique perspective on responding in metal to our current surrounding through working in metal. We will explore the intimate landscape around us and each student will have the opportunity to collect an object (or bring an object with you) they find intriguing. We will learn to see form, proportion, line and composition. Through this, we will develop ideas in metal.”

Stumptown Art Studio celebrates its 20th year as Whitefish’s non-profit community art center.  Offering classes and workshops for all ages and art abilities, a clay cooperative, art outreach to the under served, field trips and community events, monthly art exhibitions are featured in the gallery and art sales by local artists.

Open hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Monday-Saturday and Sundays from noon-5 p.m.  Visitors to the center are invited to paint pottery, try some glass fusing or make mosaics anytime.