Between Artists: Life in Paintings and Prose--Tabby Ivy and Damon Falk

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Collaboration Between Bigfork Painter and Norway Based Writer Leads to Major Exhibition at Hockaday Museum of Art and Performance at Flathead Valley Community College Joe Legate Black Box Theater in June

KALISPELL, MT- This June, The Hockaday Museum of Art presents a timely and unique collaborative art exhibition between two artists spanning two continents. Between Artists: Life in Paintings and Prose is the result of a two year collaboration between Damon Falke, a US-born writer, poet and playwright living in northern Norway, and Montana artist Tabby Ivy.

Their journey began in 2018 with a Facebook friend request when Falke noticed Ivy’s paintings on a gallery Facebook page. A connection was made, and a conversation between the two artists began. Their long-distance communication and collaboration flourished in spite of the miles between them. Ivy notes, “In a strange way, the distance in miles, the growing challenge of the global pandemic, as well as the time difference between Norway and Montana, allowed for a kind of intimacy in our collaboration. The disconnect provided a safe place for creative exploration and personal reflection that would not have been possible if Damon and I lived in the same place.” Over time, common themes emerged from a project born from distance, online media, and the pandemic. Reflections about life’s journey, loss, memory, and silence became part of their story and part of their work.

Between Artists incorporates the written word, sound and video components, as well as a diverse body of new work by Ivy, represented in over thirty paintings. Of the exhibition, Falke says “Between Artists invites the viewer to experience what is close in life, to stop and not just look, but to see and find a quiet place within themselves for reflection.”

“This is the first International collaborative project of its kind presented by the Museum,” explains Alyssa Cordova, Hockaday Museum of Art Executive Director. “While the pandemic posed many challenges, it also opening new creative opportunities, including this unique visual conversation between two artists that began in a virtual space online, but is now shared with the public as a physical, immersive art installation- a refreshing departure in an increasingly digital planet.”

Between Artists, Life in Paintings and Prose opens for a preview reception Thursday, June 16, 2022, from 5-7 pm and will be on view to the public June 17- August 20, 2022. A moderated panel discussion between Damon Falke, Tabby Ivy and Charlies Pepiton about the role of collaboration between artists will be held at 4 pm, at the Hockaday Museum of Art prior to the opening reception.

In additional to the exhibition, The Hockaday Museum of Art and Flathead Valley Community College Foundation join forces to offer a timely and unique cultural experience for the Northwest Montana community. On Saturday June 18, 2022, the FVCC drama department will present Falke’s play, The Scent of a Thousand Rains, a performance piece is verse for an actor and violinist, made possible through a generous grant from the Flathead Valley Community College Foundation. The play is adapted for stage and directed by Charles M. Pepiton, producing artistic director of Square Top Theatre, Spokane, Washington, and performed by Seattle veteran actor Ryan Childers, with music composed, arranged and performed by violinist Tana Bachman-Bland.

The performance will be made available free to the public, however space is limited and reserved tickets are required. To reserve tickets, contact information@ or call 406.755.5268.


About the exhibition:

Between Artists: Life in Paintings and Prose--Tabby Ivy and Damon Falk

On view at the Hockaday Museum of Art

Exhibition Dates: June 17-August 20, 2022

Artist Panel Discussion : Thursday, June 16 4-5 PM

Member’s Preview Reception: Thursday , June 16, 5-7 PM

Members FREE; Non-members: $10

About the play:

The Scent of A Thousand Rains, by Damon Falke

Adapted for the stage and directed by Charles M. Pepiton

Music composed and arranged by Tana Bachman-Bland

Performed by: Ryan Childers and Tana Bachman-Bland

Saturday, June 18, 7pm (one night only) at Joe Legate Black Box Theater, FVCC

Free admission with a grant from the Flathead Valley Community College Foundation. Reserved seating required as space is limited. Please contact information@ or call 406.755.5268 to reserve tickets.

Regular Museum Hours:

Sunday-Monday: Closed

Tuesday: 11-5

Wednesday- Saturday: 11-4

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