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Dee Dee is doing a little work today customizing a special frame for a special piece for a certain special someone. You know who you are - I expect we'll be wrapping this up tomorrow! Stay tuned for the full reveal... ...

Dee Dee is doing a little work today customizing a special frame for a special piece for a certain special someone.  You know who you are - I expect well be wrapping this up tomorrow!  Stay tuned for the full reveal...

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Cathy Miller KayeI can't wait to see the whole thing!!!! This teaser looks AMAZING!!!! You guys are SO talented!!!!!

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Frame of Reference shared Community Association for North Shore Conservation - Flathead Lake's photo.

This decision, at long last, validates the position of the community and those who have worked so hard not only to protect the beauty and pristine nature of Flathead Lake, but to point out the grievous errors of the Flathead County Commissioners. Read this post - in it, Judge Robert Allison calls the actions of the Commissioners "capricious" and labels their reasoning "nonsensical." This is a huge win for Bigfork, and for any Montanan interested in the preservation of our natural spaces. Heartfelt thanks to all at Community Association for North Shore Conservation - Flathead Lake for their tireless work on our behalf! Of course, the battle is likely far from over, but this is an enormous step in the right direction!
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YES, the law agrees, it IS significant! WE WON!!! And a bridge IS a road! Text of our press release below: Press Release FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Wednesday, September 21, 2016 Contact: Dave Hadden, Co-Chair, 406-270-3184 District Judge Rules Against Bridge The North Shore of Flathead Lake Must be Restored Bigfork, MT. District Judge Robert Allison ruled on September 16 that the Flathead County Commissioners unlawfully issued the permit for the controversial bridge on the North Shore of Flathead Lake, acting in violation of the County Lakeshore Regulations. The permit was determined to be void from its original issuance. Furthermore, the judge ordered that the lakeshore at the site of the bride construction must be restored to its original condition as provided for in the Lakeshore Protection Act and the County Regulations. The bridge must be removed. The Community Association for North Shore Conservation brought the lawsuit that challenged the County’s permit. The group claimed that the permit was never valid because the commissioners never considered the provisions of the County’s own lakeshore regulations. The court agreed. Judge Allison wrote, “The purpose of the Lakeshore Protection Act is to recognize the importance of Montana’s lakes for their scenic, environmental and other values and to protect them.” Dave Hadden, co-chair of the Community Association, said the decision affirms the his group’s view that Montana’s lakes are special places that Montanans want protected from inappropriate development. “We are extremely pleased with the Court’s decision. We think its the right decision and a solid decision. And we’re grateful to the Montana legislators who had the vision to think ahead to require careful consideration of proposed development that could impact the beauty of Montana’s lakes.” The Court ruled that, “the regulations and the applicable statutes that the commissioners’ review... was arbitrary and capricious.” Jeffrey Funk, also co-chair of the Association, said the county commissioners made a long list of errors. “The court clearly agreed with our position. Make no mistake. This ruling is a win for Flathead Lake, and win for all of the people who believe that the Commissioners must be bound to the law and include the public in important decisions.” Part of the problem originated with the county approving an incomplete application. The Court wrote, “The commissioners erred by accepting an incomplete application....It is hard to see how a 481 foot long and 16 foot wide vehicular bridge can properly considered as insignificant or having minimal impact.” The Court continued, “The visual impact of the structure and its construction was not addressed. This failure alone renders the commissioner’s decision arbitrary and capricious.” The county also asserted, in originally permitting the bridge, that the bridge was not a “road.” The Court called this reasoning “nonsensical.” The Court wrote, “The misinterpretation of the definition of a road to not include a bridge is arbitrary and capricious.” The Community Association asked the Court to void the permit and to require the restoration of the lake, or, in other words, the removal of the bridge and restoration of the lakeshore to its original condition. On this point, the Court was extremely clear, stating, “The commissioners have shown the Court their hand and any remand would be meaningless. Thus, the Court has no option but to declare the permit invalid and void ab initio and because the bridge was built without a permit, the remaining remedy is removal of the bridge and restoration of the lakeshore to its natural state pursuant to Section 75-7-205, and 7507-215(1), MCA.”

This decision, at long last, validates the position of the community and those who have worked so hard not only to protect the beauty and pristine nature of Flathead Lake, but to point out the grievous errors of the Flathead County Commissioners.  Read this post - in it, Judge Robert Allison calls the actions of the Commissioners capricious and labels their reasoning nonsensical.  This is a huge win for Bigfork, and for any Montanan interested in the preservation of our natural spaces.  Heartfelt thanks to all at Community Association for North Shore Conservation - Flathead Lake for their tireless work on our behalf!  Of course, the battle is likely far from over, but this is an enormous step in the right direction!

Back in the gallery today after a quick week away, exploring our gorgeous neighbor to the north (Canada, that is.) It's definitely a wee bit slower here in Bigfork now that the Summer Playhouse season has ended, so there are parking spaces to be had after three months of congestion, and I've got great new paintings on the wall from several of my amazing artists. This is the newest from Kat Houseman, an awesome bison with birdies on his back - I think I'll call him "Buffalo Wings!" 30" x 40", $2,600, and currently on display in the window, so stop by and have a look! ...

Back in the gallery today after a quick week away, exploring our gorgeous neighbor to the north (Canada, that is.)  Its definitely a wee bit slower here in Bigfork now that the Summer Playhouse season has ended, so there are parking spaces to be had after three months of congestion, and Ive got great new paintings on the wall from several of my amazing artists.  This is the newest from Kat Houseman, an awesome bison with birdies on his back - I think Ill call him Buffalo Wings!  30 x 40, $2,600, and currently on display in the window, so stop by and have a look!

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Donna LawsonAnd you're still not talking about your wonderful wedding ??? Shame on you-lived the pics!!!

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The Indigo Wall has served well in the gallery this year, and the painting hanging there most recently found a new home in Missoula last week. This is "Looking Skyward III" by Nancy Seiler - 60" x 48", acrylic on canvas - $6,500. I've been leaving this bank of lights on at night, and these large landscapes positively glow when the theater lets out and the rest of the town is dark. Like its predecessor, the perspective of this lovely painting is mesmerizing - imagine lying on the ground at the base of these trees, looking...well, looking skyward! Come and have a look in person...

Please also notice Chloe, the occasional Gallery Dog - we're having a play date today while Elizabeth is in Missoula! Yay! Dogs at work rule!
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The Indigo Wall has served well in the gallery this year, and the painting hanging there most recently found a new home in Missoula last week.  This is Looking Skyward III by Nancy Seiler - 60 x 48, acrylic on canvas - $6,500.  Ive been leaving this bank of lights on at night, and these large landscapes positively glow when the theater lets out and the rest of the town is dark.  Like its predecessor, the perspective of this lovely painting is mesmerizing - imagine lying on the ground at the base of these trees, looking...well, looking skyward!  Come and have a look in person...

Please also notice Chloe, the occasional Gallery Dog - were having a play date today while Elizabeth is in Missoula!  Yay!  Dogs at work rule!

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Eletra VandebergGreat all the way around.

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