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Bitterroot Valley artists open their studios for annual tour
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Bitterroot Valley artists open their studios for annual tour

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The free Artists Along the Bitterroot Tour from Lolo to Darby is this weekend, Sept. 10-12.

For a high-energy infusion of inspiration and technique visit the little art studio of contemporary expressionist painter Daniela Skrein at 292 Grundy Ln., east off Grantsdale Road in Hamilton.

Skrein works on canvas with acrylic and charcoal creating expressionistic life-size paintings of “women and their clothes, wrapped in attitude.”

Skrein was born in Vienna, Austria, studied at Vienna’s Fashion School Hetzendorf for fabric design and silk screen printing, attended Art Center College of Art and Design for her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Pasadena, California, then earned her master’s degree in art and economy at the Angewandte University of Applied Arts in Vienna.

She has pieces and customers around the world. She moved to Hamilton a year ago, continues to develop her work in painting, illustration and writing. She has also joined Artists Along the Bitterroot.

For the AAB Tour, she’ll show some of her paintings and her workspace, paint and tools. She will show her creations like jewelry, embroidery, a listing of her past exhibits and her abilities for commissions. Plus, she’ll share where she pulls inspiration and how she turns that into finished projects.

“I will probably work on jewelry and embroidery while people are here, and some drawings,” Skrein said. “I’m not going to have painting because it is so messy.”

Her art is filled with the expression of the subject and she has a wall full of paintings and a clipping from a magazine which she used as a starting point for a dancer in motion.

“People want to know how I come up with it,” Skrein said. “This is how I start. I see this, then I say, ‘I like the energy of this’ and make lines for guides and transfer it. I do an outline and then I say, ‘it should be yellow and it should be a woman.’ That’s how it comes about.”

Skrein’s style is influenced by her rich background in fashion and she is learning to paint landscapes.

“I want to work with interior decorators to do larger pieces that are a little bit more abstract,” Skrein said. “Interior decorators like to merge the modern with the western and maybe they just need an abstract color or unique piece for a wall.”

The AAB Tour provides the opportunity to visit with Skrein, browse her catalog of works going back to 1998, purchase one of her new works or commission a piece and get inspired.

Pick up a map of the Artists Along the Bitterroot Tour at any studio, the tour is free, as are the activities and no tickets are needed, 10:30 a.m. – 6 p.m., Friday-Sunday. Just look for the bright green signs and enjoy the personalized, inspired creativity of local artists.

For more information and a downloadable map visit artistsalongthebitterroot.com.

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