Linda Tippetts (b. 1943),
Linda Tippetts (b. 1943), "Thunder Bundle," 2004, oil on canvas, 24 x 30 in., private collection

On View:
“Roads Well Traveled (Some Were Gravel)”
Hockaday Museum
Kalispell, Montana
Through October 31, 2021

The Hockaday Museum is poised to present a retrospective of 50 paintings created by Linda Tippetts. Titled “Roads Well Traveled (Some Were Gravel),” it surveys this Montana artist’s accomplished career since 1984, borrowing her best works from generous collectors across America.

Born and raised in rural north central Montana, Tippetts traces her interest in art to 1963, when she entered the famous “Draw Me” contest advertised in The Saturday Evening Post. Her success at the first annual C.M Russell Exhibit and Auction (Great Falls, 1969) awakened her to the fact that she could make a living as a professional artist, and another window opened when she joined the Plein Air Painters of America in the mid-1980s.

Her penchant for painting outdoors has taken Tippetts all over the world, but more recently she has returned to the East Slope of the Rockies — a place she now sees with renewed appreciation.

Particularly significant is her respect for Native American culture, especially the Blackfeet Nation, whose members have invited her to observe various ceremonies. Illustrated here, for example, is one of her recollections of a thunder bundle ceremony, held inside double-hitched tipis that allow more people to attend.


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