Three local artists find work in museum

Three local artists are exhibiting work at the Yellowstone Art Museum this month. The youngest of the three, SGHS senior Emily Wagner was chosen for her photograph “Feather on the River” —  her first to be curated by the Billings museum.

Wagner experiments with several media, including ceramics, oil painting and ink drawing (she also plays the flute and has started to dabble in saxophone). Compared to ink, which Wagner has drawn with since she was nine years old, photography is a relatively new undertaking. Although she’s only had a camera in her hands for three years, the art jury suggests she has a talent for it.  

“I can’t say enough good things about her,” artist Shirle Wempner said. “It’s her eye...she has a great eye for photography.” 

Wempner is one of two other locals showing work at the Yellowstone. Two of her oil paintings were juried into the exhibit. “Pastel Skies” depicts a herd of horses in her signature impressionist style, while “Emerald Green” offers a close up rendition of Monet’s lily pond. 

Wempner and her husband, Thomas English, will also show paintings for the Out West Art Show at the C.M. Russell Museum in Great Falls on Mar. 16. The couple will hold a preview showing for local residents at the Two Rivers Gallery on Fri., Mar. 9 from 5 to 8 p.m.

Jerry Iverson’s “Darwin’s Tree 48” —  part of a mixed media series that Iverson has worked on for several years —  is also featured in the Yellowstone exhibit. Iverson said the Darwin series was inspired by a “tree of life” drawing found in the famous biologist’s notebook.

Wagner, Wempner and Iverson’s artwork will be auctioned off at the end of the exhibit at Yellowstone.

PHOTO CAPTION: ‘Feather on the River’ by Emily Wagner will be featured in the Yellowstone Art Museum until it’s auctioned off March 3. (Contributed photo)

By CHRIS AIKEN / Pioneer reporter



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