Featured Artist

We have the delight of featuring TWO artists for September & October!




Patti is a mostly self-taught watercolorist – alongside many kind friends and teachers. Patti has lived in Butte going on twelve years now and spent eight of them exhibiting her watercolors with the Main Stope Gallery in Butte.  The prior 25 year career was as a Scenic Designer and Painter for the theatre. Some credits:  Professor at universities (U of MT, U of MI-Flint, Weber State College, U of Florida, Pacific Lutheran & then again at U of MT, Missoula).  Freelance work at many theatres in Seattle for seven years plus, included painting the Sendak Nutcracker & Ming Cho Lee’s Romeo & Juliet at Pacific NW Ballet;   scenic design for a number of shows at the Seattle Children’s Theatre, including “The Magic Mrs. Piggle Wiggle” & “Mr. Popper’s Penguins;” & working as charge painter at the Santa Fe Opera for one season – that was one lifetime of learning of a summer! If you paint, just keep on painting & learning!            

Sallie Bowen

“The act of painting is both energizing and calming. I find peace through painting”. Born on the east coast, college in the mid-west and living in the west for nearly fifty years, Sallie has been in watercolor endeavors since first taking classes from Ben Steele, EMC, Billings. Many workshops later, she still experiments, fails, gets up, and tries again. The show at the Uptown Cafe for September-October 2018 is a record of those attempts. She was invited to submit a painted wooden Easter egg for the 1986 Easter egg Roll hosted by the White House. She still retains a thank you note from Nancy Reagan’s personal aide, Carol McCain. Another highlight was having her work, watercolor and Chinese ink on rice paper, used as a book cover, Season of Dead Water, published by Breitenbush. She has exhibited in many national juried shows, Montana shows and galleries. She is a signature member of MtWS.  She teaches privately in her studio and exhibits with the Montana Watercolor Society at the Great Falls Artwork venues in March.

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