East Helena Branch Library Exhibits


Carol Novotne @ the East Helena Branch


A native Montanan, Carol Novotne grew up in Helena, immersed in music, art, and hard work. She graduated from University of Montana with a BFA in Art in 1970, and went on to receive her Master's Degree in Anthropology with a minor in microbiology. After teaching anthropology and archeology at Carroll College and Helena schools, she returned to her art with an enthusiasm and dedication that is reflected in her beautiful paintings. She is now a well-known and respected artist and a master in oil and watercolor.
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Carol began drawing and painting as a young child and had her first professional showing at age 16 in downtown Helena. She has traveled extensively through Europe in order to capture the moods, styles, and perceptions of the great impressionistic artists, including Monet, Gaugin, and Van Gogh, which have influenced her own artistic style. However, Carol's paintings are unique in that they capture and express her individual style, her own emotions, and perceptions of her subjects.

Carol paints beauty for beauty's sake, and her work reflects a world of color, texture, movement of grass, wind, prisms of light, and shadow. Her favorite subjects are rugged mountains and peaceful meadows, but she also loves orchids and colorful flowers and frosty winter scenes. She has described her work as an attempt to capture a moment in time with emotion and beauty. Carol's oil canvasses are large and impressionistic in style, tone and color, while her watercolors reflect technical control blended with a traditional realistic approach.

Carol has been active in promoting art in the community, serving as director of the Helena Art Center for 10 years, on the Helena Arts Council for 12 years, and the Montana Water Color Society.  She also teaches classes and workshops in oil and watercolor.

For more information visit Carol's website.
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Information About Exhibiting at the 
Lewis & Clark Library

It is the policy of the Lewis & Clark Library Board of Trustees and the Lewis & Clark Library Foundation to provide access to the intellectual, cultural, and educational resources of the community. Exhibits fulfill an integral part in the Lewis & Clark Library's total program of public service. Exhibits may be planned to direct attention to the materials and services of the library itself, may provide exposure to the arts and sciences, or highlight crafts and hobbies.

Exhibits Policy

Submission Guidelines

For more information about exhibiting in East Helena, call Diane Potter at 227-5750.
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