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Montana Gallery and studio, new artistic space
The works of three young and talented artists fill the walls at the recently opened Montana Gallery and studio. Located in the heart of Red Lodge at 22 N. Broadway, the family owned gallery and studio houses unique renditions from artists Tyler Murphy, Kira Fercho and Daniel Keys. The space, owned by Tyler and his father Mike, opened in June and has since been a hub for art collectors and the artistic community alike. “What sets us apart is that we only have three artists, so when you walk in you get a sense of each artist and the work they create. With many other galleries, you are pulled in different directions,” Murphy said. Although each artist has a variant style, they all possess a feeling for the outdoors, western lifestyle and a sense of culture. Murphy, who grew up in Joliet, paints striking scenes inspired by adventure and nature’s beauty. “With my style, I try to find things I love. I push myself to go on adventures and gage my emotional connection to what’s visually happening. I know when there something that I have to paint, and that happens a lot here in Montana,” Murphy said. Jericho, who lives in a ranching community close to Billings, paints with thick lines and uses drastic and bright colors to explore the indigenous culture of Montana. Famous for her Montana tribal tipi portrayals, Jericho’s Impressionistic and modern style brings life to the gallery walls. Contrasting Jericho, California native, Keys uses soft colors and whimsical brushstrokes to bring a sense of peace to the viewer with his still life paintings. Both a gallery and studio, the space enables the artists to continue producing new paintings. Thus, providing gallery viewers an opportunity to experience the works in progress, while letting them in on the emotional process. “The gallery is run by artists and we are all good friends, so there is a lot of positive energy. We play fun music and it’s a relaxing atmosphere. People come in and they see me painting and become curious about the gallery,” Murphy explained. On Aug. 24, The Montana Gallery and studio will hold a re-opening and welcomes the community to tour the gallery and meet the artists. Wine and appetizers will be served at 5 p.m.