The Green Door Gallery opens with a mind for preservation

Samantha Hill

Livingston will welcome a new art gallery this week, located above the Wheatgrass Saloon.  

Owner of the saloon Lisa Snow Beaudin said she had art displays at the shop on Main Street in the past. However, she said the exhibits were in less prominent locations across the store. Recently, she found a way to section of the upstairs area into its own gallery space.

The gallery is called the Green Door because of its auspiciously colored entry way. The sign for the gallery is an eye which Beaudin said she wanted it to be a speakeasy type of place.

For the first gallery opening on Friday for the Art Walk, there will be a mix of different artists whose paintings and artwork represent the growth and importance of Livingston and Montana.

John Zumpano, a local photographer displays his works from the Crow Fair.

Zumpano said these particular pieces featured at Green Door are of women doing something called “Cowgirl Special.” The women were decked out in colorful clothes that represented both rodeo and their Indian heritage, and then they would perform a contemporary dance.

He said he really wanted to showcase their movement and their brightly colored garb. The prints show the women in color while the background is in black and white.

“It is a little cliche but if you are going to do that, you might as well do it right,” Zumpano said.

Another artist featured is Tandy Riddle, a local painter who has been featured across town for her colorful representations of the Livingston Depot building and the Teslow.

Riddle said everything she does is in color, even drawing.

She said that she likes to focus on architecture and preservation of these structures.

Ceramic and metal pieces will also be displayed, by Beth Gregory.

The gallery will host these artworks until the next art walk in July. The gallery will be open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, the same as the regular business hours of the saloon and Elk River Books.