Artist Andrea Morawic shows off a piece of artwork in front of the Giant Front Windows Gallery at the Zootown Arts Community Center Wednesday afternoon. Morawic is one of the artists featured in the ZACC’s annual ‘Montana Wild’ gallery, in tandem with the International Wildlife Film Festival. The gallery can be viewed online or from the sidewalk in front of the ZACC.
Photo: Sara Diggins, Missoulian
Apr 23, 2020
Featuring creatures and critters of all shapes and sizes, the Zootown Arts Community Center’s annual group show in tandem with the International Wildlife Film Festival boasts sculptures, prints, paintings, photography, textiles and more.
“Montana Wild” is on display through April 30 in a virtual gallery on the ZACC’s website and can also be viewed in the nonprofit’s Giant Front Windows Gallery on Main Street. The show is paired alongside IWFF, which runs through Saturday.
“The greatest thing about this show being open is you’ll have a piece from somebody who’s an experienced artist in Missoula and everybody knows their name next to a student’s work,” said gallery manager Patricia Thornton.
There are wood-carved mythical creatures from Thompson, Missoula’s “unofficial carousel artist,” a woodpecker painting by Laura Blue Palmer, a stone sculpture of a mother and baby bunny and Foils colorful tiger collage, to name a few.
While the ZACC is disappointed they can’t show art in their new facility right now, they’re making every effort they can to maintain a space for artists to share their work and provide shows for the community.
“I just kind of had this sentence in my head, ‘No matter the distance, you still have your roots.’ I based it off that because before all of the lockdown and everything happened, I was actually going to visit family in Germany, so there’s a great distance there,” the recent University of Montana graduate said.
She already had a pencil sketch going, but said the piece evolved quite a bit as the pandemic worsened and she realized she wouldn’t be seeing her family.
“It was kind of a way for me to cope with that realization. I felt inspired to add more to it once the shutdown happened.”
The traditional Japanese art form is known as Kintsukuroi.
Much of Morawic’s work incorporates nature or wildlife in some way, a reflection of her Montana upbringing spent hiking and camping in the wilderness.