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The Light Show of Living Art

2010 June 14

“Recognize and encourage each person’s strengths, creativity and potential.”

The Light Show 2010

This is one of the five core values of Living Art of Montana, along with “Respect the truth of each person’s experience.” I think these are powerful statements, and a testament to the service that Living Art of Montana provides.

I must admit however, I knew very little of Living Art of Montana before I was contacted about creating a piece of art for The Light Show, their annual fund-raising event. After visiting their website and educating myself a little, I wondered how it was I didn’t know more about this organization. Their tag phrase states: “Using the arts and nature to support healing.” Art, nature, and healing are all important aspects in my life, so it didn’t take much consideration for me to commit to creating a piece of art for the fund-raiser.

The original concept for The Light Show art pieces was to create a lamp, to be the light, or a mirror, to reflect the light. This year, the scope was broadened and artists were asked to create a lamp, mirror, or any other artistic expression of “light.”

Liz Dye, the Light Show Artists’ Committee Chair and contributing artist, shared her thoughts on the process:

“[In addition to]  all the good The Light Show fundraiser does to bring in money for those in need, another thing I like about the event, from an artistic viewpoint, is that it encourages artists to think outside the box and the comfort zone of what most artists are usually doing creatively. It’s like a school assignment… “Okay, I’m asked to create this piece and the perimeters are light, luminescence, reflection, how do I make that work?” I’ve heard from many artists that it’s inspirational to think and create a piece of work that is not what they would usually do, not what they would naturally think of creating on their own. That in itself can be cathartic, which is one of Living Arts goals with their programs. To be able to create outside of your comfort zone successfully, you have to look a little further into yourself to find what you think is beautiful and often times do it for someone other than yourself.”

The Light Show was held the evening of Saturday, May 15. This year’s theme was GLAM, and I can’t speak for everyone else, but I rarely have the opportunity to get dressed up so it was fun to have the opportunity to go to an “event,” and it was quite a lovely and fun event at that. There were so many things in the silent auction in addition to the live auction. So much evidence of the amount of heart and compassion that exists in this community. So many people willing to donate their time, art, products and services and in return, so many people willing to bid on these items as a way to provide a means for Living Art of Montana to provide their services and workshops free of charge.

I encourage you to visit their website to learn more about the organization and their services. A link to a wonderful video that was shown at The Light Show can also be found on the top of their home page.

I have included a few photos here and in the video of the pieces of art that were created and donated to The Light Show this year. However, there are many more great pieces as well as artist bios that can also be seen here on their website.

The video that follows is an interview with Dawn Payne, who has been the Board President for the fiscal years of 2009 and 2010. She served as the Light Show chair in 2007 and 2008, and served as co-chair in 2009. This year she was on the Light Show committee and was co-emcee with Severt Philleo as Marlene Dietrich. The video was taken at the beautiful Flathead Lake in the ever-changing Spring Montana weather.

(Photographs of Light Show art pieces courtesy of Living Art of Montana.)

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6 Responses leave one →
  1. June 14, 2010

    It’s really beauty full work………innovative too

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  2. Tim Payne permalink
    June 17, 2010

    Wonderful website! Video with Dawn Payne is fabulous and she expresses the mission of living art so eliquently!

    • June 17, 2010

      Thank you Tim! I agree, I knew Dawn’s passion and compassion would be easy to capture and share.

  3. Carla Simmons permalink
    June 17, 2010

    My heart is with Living Art of Montana. I am so very pleased with all that they have done and continue to do! Great Work!

    • June 17, 2010

      Thank you Carla. Living Art is a great organization, and I am happy to help create more awareness for the work they do.

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