Current Exhibition March 3 - April 25, 2020
Greg Wilhelmi "Honorable Mention, an Artist's Journey"
Becoming an artist was always Wilhelmi’s desired career path. After studies at Montana State University Billings and Bozeman, he left Montana for the University of Denver where he finished his BFA. Success soon followed as an editorial illustrator and political cartoonist for the Catholic Press Society. He left the business of art to pursue his fine art career with an extended trip through Mexico painting watercolors outdoors. He also painted his way across Europe. His first one-man exhibition included these paintings, in Denver, in 1975.
Following the opening of his Denver studio and agency, Wilhelmi settled into the vibrant Denver art scene, including gallery shows and commercial representation. He also relished teaching life drawing and color theory when recruited by the Colorado Institute of Art. Wilhelmi’s success, however, could not temper his yearning for central Montana. During his many round-trip junkets between Denver and Montana, his connection to the beauty and intimacy of the land deepened. In 1992 he moved his family to the prairie and bucolic Roundup. “As a boy and a young man, I developed this love of place. It never left me. It was like getting reacquainted with a dear friend. After all the years I could see it anew, and through the eyes of a more mature artist.”
All of these experiences comprise the basis for Wilhelmi’s work. His paintings reflect a wide variety of life’s explorations and travels, encompassing studies of Europe, Mexico, the Caribbean, and his favorite subject, the American West. He views the American West in the here and now, not the glorified old West, but the unsentimental view of life in the prairie towns, the sometimes abandoned buildings in the shadow of the Rocky Mountain front range. “The complexities and visual possibilities that evolve from this reality have had a significant influence on my life and my art.”
The member artist on display is Ken Yetter. Ken received an Associates degree from Bismarck State College (formerly BJC) in Commercial Art and Advertising. He is a former graphic designer who worked for nearly thirty- eight years at Basin Electric Power Cooperative in Bismarck, ND. Kens love for photography started in the mid 1970’s when Basin’s small department staff at the time gave him the opportunity to “multitask” in photography by occasionally being given assignments to search for and secure his own images to use in in-house publications, advertising and media presentations.
Over the years, Ken has been privileged to have images used by the North Dakota Tourism Dept. along with being featured within the pages of the North Dakota Horizons Calendar. He also had a rewarding eight year “sideline career” as a successful local wedding photographer.
Ken retired from his “real job” in 2012 and is enjoying his retirement with his wife, Mary Jane. They have two daughters and love traveling and spending as much time as possible with their eight grandchildren.
This exhibit features photographs from many of their travels, especially those in India, Ireland, and Alaska.