April 30, 2010
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Secretary Linda McCulloch Unveils “Treasured” Montana Artist
Painter Julie T. Chapman of Huson, Montana
HELENA – Secretary of State Linda McCulloch on Friday introduced Julie T. Chapman, of Huson, as the next “Treasured” Montana Artist. Chapman is the fifth Montana artist to receive the notable distinction since McCulloch launched the exhibit in January 2009.
“This exhibit is remarkably appropriate for warmer weather,” Secretary McCulloch said. “Julie’s contemporary use of abstract color in her paintings inspires you to head outdoors and enjoy our great state.”
"I moved to Montana years ago to be much closer to the wildlife and wild places that inspire me, and that’s when I discovered the color and excitement of Montana’s rodeo scene,” Chapman said. “I grew up loving the outdoors, and I'm privileged to live in this state so full of beauty. I treasure the inspiration of Montana's wild places, wildlife, and rodeos - and I'm delighted to be 'treasured' in return!"
Chapman is an award-winning artist whose drawings and oil paintings are currently on display throughout the nation. A member of both the Society of Animal Artists and Artists for Conservation, Chapman publishes an art blog and leads artist workshops throughout the year.
“Montanans love cowboys, horses and wildlife. I’m confident they’ll fall in love with this exhibit,” McCulloch said.
Chapman’s artwork will be on display May through August 2010 in the front lobby of the Secretary of State’s Office in the State Capitol Building in Helena. The exhibit is available at no cost to the public.
More information about Chapman’s exhibit is available on the Secretary of State’s website at sos.mt.gov/Gallery.