May 14, 2012
Contact: Katrina Schweitzer, (406) 444-4239
Secretary of State Linda McCulloch Unveils “Treasured” Montana Artist
Shelle Lindholm of Kalispell
HELENA, MT- Secretary of State Linda McCulloch is pleased to introduce Shelle Lindholm, of Kalispell, as the next “Treasured” Montana Artist. Lindholm is a painter who finds her inspiration from depicting wildlife right outside her studio door, which is nestled at the edge of the woods in the Flathead Valley.
“Shelle’s ability to capture the spirit of Montana wildlife is a unique gift, and we are fortunate to have the opportunity to share her work with the public,” Secretary McCulloch said. “The colors and textures in her collection remind me of summer, and of the warmth that can be found in every season.”
Lindholm’s style of “primitive painting” has developed through years of exploring the versatile medium of acrylic. She first layers acrylics on canvas, before sandwiching wax between the layers. The art is then finished by scraping and sanding away the layers. Lindholm says this final part of her process is when shapes and colors emerge, and her ideas and vision start to come to life.
“My paintings reflect the rugged elegance of the West and the enchanting pleasures of living here (in Montana),” Lindholm said. “I paint the spunk and spirit I see in animals as they root, romp, and rest just outside my studio door. How can I paint an animal diffferently? That is the treasure I seek.”
“I launched this exhibit to showcase artists like Shelle,” Secretary McCulloch said. “It is my pleasure to welcome her to the Capitol as our summer artist.”
Shelle Lindholm’s exhibit will be on display May through August 2013 in the front lobby of the Secretary of State’s office, which is located in the State Capitol Building in Helena. It is available at no cost to the public.
Past and present “Treasured” Montana Artist exhibits are featured in an online gallery at sos.mt.gov/Gallery.