Selsor art showing, gallery talk set for June 3 in Nye

NYE — The Windy Flats Gallery opens its fourth season with a special showing on June 3 and of sculptor Marcia Selsor’s work.

Selsor, an internationally known sculptor, will give a talk on June 3 at 3 p.m. Selsor is celebrating her return to Montana. She is a Professor Emertia at the Art Department at MSU Billings, formerly Eastern Montana College. Selsor left Montana in 2006 after living in the Billings area for 31 years and teaching at MSUB. She and her husband, Matthew Benacquista, moved to Brownsville, Texas, where he joined the faculty at the University of Texas-Brownsville. This transition caused Selsor to adapt to tropical surroundings as inspiration for her ceramics.

Selsor studied art from age 11 at the Philadelphia College of Art, now University of the Arts. She received a BFA and then an MFA from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. In 1975, Selsor headed the ceramics program at MSUB and also served as the chair of the art department for five years.

During her MSUB tenure, Selsor received two Fulbright Scholars’ Awards — one to Spain in 1985-86 and one to Uzbekistan in 1994. Her work is featured in several books and is in collections on three continents. Although she retired from the university in 2000, she remains active in her studio and teaching workshops and writing. Her pottery studio is in Red Lodge.

Gallery owner Edward Barta will also show new photographs of the Stillwater area, all developed and printed in the onsite darkroom.

The gallery has eight new artists this summer, plus over 20 returning artists, including Tom Wolfe of Nye, who has shown oils and watercolors since the gallery’s opening.

Windy Flats Gallery is located at 259 Limestone Road. Hours for the opening are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days. Refreshments will be served. Throughout the summer the gallery will be open weekends from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. or by appointment, by calling Barta at 406-328-4722 or 406-780-9003.

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