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Paintings on display at the 'Stomp The Stigma' art show at the Western Montana Mental Health Center.
Nicky Ouellet

For Fred Waters, painting isn’t so much about crafting a perfect piece of art for others to see. Instead, painting gives him a chance to quiet the constant racket in his head and focus on one detail at a time.

"For a few of us, the painting is a way to express feelings or allow ourself to have certain feelings. Because like for me, life gets overwhelmingly scary and there’s a lot of stuff I want to numb out and don't deal with anymore," he says.

Photos from artist Kylin O'Brien's Scream Room art installation.
Kylin O'Brien

Artist Kylin O’Brien wants you to scream.

"People really do need to get out some pent up emotion. And screaming is really effective. Sound waves can carry so much energy, and they're so potent," O'Brien says.

O’Brien recently debuted her interactive art installation, called The Scream Room, in Brooklyn, New York, and she’s bringing it to the Flathead Valley this week at the request of a Kalispell friend who wants to see more contemporary and inclusive art in the Valley.

A painting by Lauren Monroe, Jr., the artist featured in the film "Blackfeet Art of the Northern Plains"
Courtesy Lauren Monroe Jr. All rights reserved.

The Big Sky Documentary Film Festival kicks off Friday evening in downtown Missoula. In this year’s line-up, 20 films are listed in the "Made In Montana" category, including "Blackfeet Art of the Northern Plains," a short film about a 30-year-old Blackfeet artist named Lauren Monroe, Jr. Chérie Newman talks with the people behind the film.

The state of Montana is in the process of updating arts content standards for the state’s public schools.
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The state of Montana is in the process of updating arts content standards for the state’s public schools. Office of Public Instruction Superintendent Denise Juneau has appointed a 16-member committee to consider recommendations presented to them by educators and artists from across the state.

Missoula Art Museum
Josh Burnham - MTPR

The longtime curator of the Missoula Art Museum, Stephen Glueckert has retired, and Brandon Reintjes has taken over that role. The Montana native has been at the Montana Museum of Art and Culture at the University for the last six years. I talked to him about his new role as we toured the Montana Triennial exhibit currently up at the Missoula Art Museum.


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