MONTANA PEEPSHOW STORIES by Leslie Van Stavern Millar II, sponsored by Missoula Art Museum. Queen Elizabeth the First, in the spirit of the Age of Discovery, decides to use a time machine created by her personal alchemist, Dr. Dee, to visit Montana repeatedly, at varying time periods. The paintings cover episodes ranging from The Corp of Discovery at Traveler’s Rest in 1805; Jeannette Rankin having tea at a Helena Hotel in the 1950’s; with the 25th Infantry Black Bicycle Corp, Fort Missoula 1896; to Theodore Roosevelt’s speech on Higgins Avenue in Missoula in 1911.
The exhibit consists of highly detailed gouache paintings on paper housed in wooden boxes and viewed individually. One looks through a small peephole while flicking a switch on the side of the box illuminating the interior. The interior is painted black, except for the painting, which stands out in brilliant illumination. The exhibit consists of 8”x10” free-standing boxes on tripod legs and two wall-mounted boxes. This method of presentation is a novelty, actively requiring the participation of the viewer and heightening the experience by concentrating their attention.
April 1 – May 1, 2017: Carbon County Arts Guild, Red Lodge
May 1 – August 1, 2018: Holter Museum of Art, Helena
November 8, 2018 – January 6, 2019: Yellowstone Art Museum, Billings