The Myrna Loy commissioned Kelly Rathbone Rebo to create 20 art panels to install in the window frames of the historic J.E. Allen Livery Building across the street. Kelly photographed dozens of Rodney Street faces of all ages in her studio, then painted a series of portraits to create an installation that expresses the diversity, spirit, and uniqueness of our neighborhood and town.
Prints of these portraits will be installed on the west side of the Livery Building soon. Meanwhile, enjoy the original paintings close up, here in the Jailhouse Gallery.
There are so many important, inspiring, eclectic, and memorable individuals that make up the idiosyncrasies and story of Rodney Street. This project showcases the expansive and diverse characters that are connected to the neighborhood in many different and meaningful ways: The portraits help to highlight the Rodney Street neighborhood as a rich community worthy of celebration. I could have painted 100+ characters for this neighborhood project, here I showcase the 15 selected for the JE Allen Livery building at this time.
The “Rodney Street Is…” project of The Myrna Loy has created collaborations among neighbors, businesses, artists, and voices of diverse ages and life experience to increase the creative and economic vitality of Helena’s oldest neighborhood through art.
Primary resident artists: Amanda Reese (curator of the JE Allen Livery Building art installations), Ashley Moon, Elena Johnson, and Jeanie Warden.
Primary partners: Lewis & Clark County, City of Helena, B&B Market, HCTV, Grateful Bread, Bedrock Books
Supported by the Our Town program of the National Endowment for the Arts, and by AARP.
Art installation supported by the Helena Public Art Commission.