© 2019 by Sophie Hiltner

Gina Gahagan

Bozeman, MT

Gina’s work explores how the natural world influences our subconscious and culture:  the way, for instance, birds (with their ability to survive and migrate great distances in elements too extreme for us) often seem to display qualities humans have historically admired. 

Her pieces often include her own illustrations. She adds hand embroidery, decorative threads, beads, found objects and she often includes her own hand-dyed/colored fabric.  She researches and tells a story with techniques and materials. 

Retired from a career in natural resources, she has a BFA in Fine Arts - Printmaking from Montana State University, Bozeman. She’s a member of Studio Art Quilt Associates and The Guild of Natural Science Illustrators.
 

Selected Exhibitions and Honors

Transformations, Three Artists Three Journeys (with Carol Kimble & Katy Nygard)

 Zoot Gallery, Bozeman, MT, Nov. 2018-Jan. 2019. Sold ”Harbinger”

Montana Festival of the Thread, Livingston, Montana, 2017. Sold “Avocet”

Art Mobile of Montana, a juried traveling show taking original artworks to rural schoolchildren and retirement homes during school years 2015, 2016. Exhibited “Cloud Bears” 2015 and “All Settled In”, 2016

Sacred Threads, 2014 and associated traveling exhibition: the piece, “Rest”, was exhibited and then juried into a selection of 25 quilts from the show which traveled to QuiltFest Destination Savannah in March 2014; then to the Denver National Quilt Festival, May 2014; then to Seattle, Washington, 2014 “Art of the Sacred” exhibition.
 

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