ERA Landmark proudly announces our current Guest Artists showing in our downtown Bozeman office! Stop by to view Karen & John Garre's fine art Montana landscapes now through the month of August! Join us Friday, August 11th from 6:00-8:00 pm for Downtown Bozeman's third Art Walk of the summer to celebrate and meet our artists!
"The Emerson was my first studio space in Montana, it was a corner space with great light. I’ve been an artist all my life starting in first grade in a one-room country school house that also had great light. That was the year I decided I was going to be an artist. After attending Western Washington State College I attended Burnley School of Art (now called the Art Institute) in Seattle, Washington on scholarship. After college, I opened a design studio creating logos, brochures, designing packaging, and creating illustrations for national companies. From there I moved to creating fine art for galleries. When we moved to Montana my husband and I showed our work in our own gallery in Livingston for 13 years. We have since sold the gallery and moved to a studio at our home in Livingston.
My work has been widely shown in many places across the country including Disney World, San Bernadino Art Museum, Holter Museum, Nicolaysen Museum, C.M. Russell Masters in Miniature, Missoula Museum, Yellowstone Art Museum, Governor’s Mansion, Paris Gibson Art Museum, Water Works Art Museum, Painted Buffalo Roam Project in West Yellowstone, and numerous gallery shows from New York to Seattle."
"John graduated from The University of Washington and The Art Center College of Design Los Angeles with honors. He worked as an artist, art director, and creative director in New York where he won many awards. John has been represented in New York as a fine artist and on the west coast as well as in the Northwest, his birthplace and home.
John and Karen Garre successfully ran their own gallery in Livingston for 13 years and held a room at the Charles Russell show in Great Falls. They have been consistently shown and sold, in the Yellowstone Museum auctions in Billings Montana, and in galleries across the nation.
His work is fundamentally impressionistic but emphasizes strong drawing and emotional connection. John hopes his pictures bring good memories and joy to their owners."
Karen & John's Artist Statement
"Each year millions of visitors contribute billions of dollars to the economy of Montana and real estate ranks among the largest economic drivers. Why is the “Last Best Place” so desirable? We needn’t look far to find the answer.
Montana is beautiful, varied and a recreational paradise, rich in clean water, wildlife, mountain vistas and two of the most expansive and important national parks. Montana is like stepping back in time to a more pristine setting than is found anywhere. Yet it is a constant battle to keep it that way.
That is why renowned artists John and Karen Garre have teamed up with the Yellowstone Coalition giving 50% of each purchase of art to help assist in the preservation of our magnificent state. Each painting is intended to bring the joy of Montana to the homes of those who value the beautiful places Montana has to offer. Two years in the making this show is a special tribute to a special place, “The Last Best Place”. Make it a part of your life. All the Best, John & Karen Garre and The Yellowstone Coalition"
ERA Landmark has always approached hanging artists in our office a little differently - instead of taking a commission from art sales, we ask our artists to donate a small percentage towards a local charity or nonprofit near and dear to their hearts. Karen & John have pledged to donate 50% of their art proceeds from any sales to Greater Yellowstone Coalition whose mission and vision is to "work with all people to protect the lands, waters, and wildlife of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, now and for future generations. We envision a Greater Yellowstone where wild nature flourishes; plant, animal, and human communities thrive in reciprocity; and all people work together to conserve this globally significant ecosystem." To further help support the Garre's cause, ERA Landmark will be price-matching a donation of up to $250 as well towards the same association.