Photo: Kathleen Herlihy-Paoli, Valley of the Gods, Bears Ears National Monument, Oil on canvas with found object, 2018, Courtesy of the artist
Act Three is a series of acrylic paintings from Missoula artist Kathleen Herlihy-Paoli. The paintings feature sharply rendered subjects that focus on water issues and wildfire in the West. Each painting features a classic theater stage with parted curtains and the main subject pictured center stage. This visual thread creates a cohesive series and leads the viewer directly to the next painting. Although some of the issues that Herlihy-Paoli paints address serious concerns, she manages to keep the works approachable with her customary playfulness.
September 7 – November 28, 2020: Emerson Center for the Arts & Culture, Bozeman
December 15, 2020 – March 15, 2021: Paris Gibson Square Museum of Art, Great Falls
August 2 – September 12, 2021: Holter Museum of Art, Helena