Despite our current pandemic, Tendoy Fine Art has continued to find ways to keep a small-town gallery operational and follow necessary protocols. New work by area artists is being represented, special exhibits have been on display and art classes continue at a brisk pace.
A Plein Aire painting event with limited enrollment was offered by Colleen Howe Cheney last week and Jean James did an art journaling workshop in June. Cheney has expanded her art instruction opportunities to include a watercolor class on Friday mornings from 10:00 to 12:15 and a beginning oil class on Wednesdays from 1:00 to 3:15. These classes, along with her landscape painting oil class Wednesday mornings from 10 to 12:15, are ongoing classes and available by the month or by the class.
For the month of August, Tendoy Fine Art will be featuring three works by well-known artist and educator, Jim Corr. Corr, who passed away in 2017, was a man of many talents that included coaching basketball, football, track and golf; but for many, his art instruction introduced students to a lifelong career making art and/or teaching art to young people. The three works being presented at Tendoy Fine Art were a donation to the gallery and proceeds from sales will go to help gallery operations. This is an opportunity to own a treasured painting by Jim Corr.
To assist members of Tendoy Fine Art, the managing members are in the process of setting up a photo booth in the basement of the gallery. The booth is designed to be an environment that will assist artists in photographing their work in a professional way. Reaching out to the community, Tendoy Fine Art will be opening use of the photo booth to area artists who are not current members. In keeping with the organization’s mission statement which includes, “to encourage greater awareness of Southwestern Montana as a valuable resource for artistic inspiration,” the gallery hopes to assist with presentation challenges for any artist who needs this kind of help.