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Jennifer Bardsley reception at UMW Gallery Sept. 27

UMW News Bureau

"Berkeley Pit Tailings" Detail. By Jennifer Bardsley.

Visual artist and Montana native Jennifer Barsley will be the featured artist at the University of Montana Western Art Gallery from Sept. 27 through Nov. 2, 2012 with an opening reception this Thursday, Sept. 27 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Barsley was born in Helena, Mont., studied fine art at Montana State University and completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting with a Minor in Art History at the University of Montana.

Working from her studio in Missoula, Mont., Bardsley creates art using a range of media, from painting on non-traditional canvases to sculpture and film installations.

Her UMW Gallery exhibition, “Unraveling Expansion,” explores the “passage of time and cyclical changes through the growth and evolution of the Berkeley Pit in Butte, Mont.,” and in particular, the impact the mining operation had on local communities, the land and rivers. Bardsley created the work in “Unraveling Expansion” by using concentrated acrylic ink and oil painted on Duralar plastic.

Bardsley will be present for an artist’s reception at the UMW Gallery this Thursday, Sept. 27 from 6 to 8 p.m.

The Montana Western Art Gallery is located on the UMW campus, 710 South Atlantic Street, at the south entrance of Main Hall. The gallery is open Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.