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Wild Geese

July 30, 2024


August 29, 2024

Opening Reception:

Tuesday, July 30, 2024

5:30 pm
7:30 pm
an interactive collaborative exhibit in honor of PRIDE

With introductory remarks from Pride Foundation at 6:00 pm.

Special Screening to follow!

To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything!  Julie Newmar at 7:30 – tickets available!

The Jailhouse Gallery invites you to enjoy an interactive community collaborative exhibit, created in partnership with Pride Foundation, works by local and regional artists, and organizations.  With original artworks, a record sampling station, reading corner, postcards, and a variety of seating arrangements – this exhibit provides a living room-style installation designed to explore, highlight, and celebrate LGBTQIA2S+ artistry through music, literature, and the visual arts.

Featuring pieces by…


Zola Kell 

Zola Kell (she/her) is a white settler living on the lands of the Bitterroot Salish (Séliš), Pend d’Oreille (Ql̓ispé), Nez Perce (Nimíipuu), Coeur d’Alene (Schi̲tsu’umsh), and Kootenai (Ktunʌ́χɑ̝) peoples in what is currently known as Missoula, MT. Zola is a queer mixed-media artist, and everything she makes is a celebration and a declaration of her queerness. She is currently fascinated by creating playful objects, working with textile media and salvaged materials to give life to sculptural forms. Her pieces range from meditations on how her queerness blooms in her body and her life, to reveries on mythic figures that were imprinted on her in childhood and investigations into the magic of the natural world.


Jason Bige Burnett
Jason Bige Burnett received his BFA in Ceramics/Printmaking at Western Kentucky University, and continued his art practice for 10 plus years. He has studied, attended residencies and worked for non-profit organizations that include Penland School of Craft (Penland, NC), Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts (Gatlinburg, TN), and The Archie Bray Foundation (Helena, MT)  where he was a long term resident artist and currently serves as the Events and Exhibitions Manager.
Burnett has exhibited nationally both his ceramics and textile works, curated numerous shows, has taught workshops in the United States and Canada, and in 2015 he authored Graphic Clay with Sterling publishing. Burnett has over a decade of experience involving non-profit arts administration that includes event coordination, program planning, and fundraising. When not in the office he is found either behind a karaoke mic, brainstorming ways for creative collaborations, and lifting others up!


My work is in a state of transition. Between cross country moves within a couple years, and finding inspiration and workflow in non-profit arts administration I am discovering where art plays a part in my life now, and that my time in the studio is limited.

At the beginning of the pandemic I turned my interest to textiles; both screen-printing my own fabric and exploring color much faster with quilting and piece work.

Growing up queer in a Catholic family and community plus attending military school form 8th grade to high school graduation I relied a lot on chosen family. Human connectivity is important and connection is key. Finding your people and the moments shared with them are much more than a memory, it’s a bundle of emotion, a sensation of feelings. The small quilts selected for the exhibit Wild Geese are abstracted snapshots of unique powerful moments, energy and connections I have shared with chosen family members and friends in the North Carolina landscape during 2021 and 2022.


Katie Knight

Katie Knight’s art takes many forms: photography, printmaking, sculpture and writing. She believes that pairing socially relevant content with beautiful compositions contributes to a dynamic, evolving culture. She creates art in her studio in Helena, Montana, and has been exhibiting her work since 1980. While serving as Curator of Education at the Holter Museum of Art, Knight spent three years curating Speaking Volumes: Transforming Hate. Since then, she has managed the exhibition tour and provided educational programs at host venues. Knight earned an MFA in 1999 at the University of Minnesota, where she received the national Jacob Javits Fellowship to support her visual arts practice and the use of art within context of human rights education.


BT Livermore

BT Livermore (they/them) was born in Minnesota in 1980, and has pretty much always been making or creating, something, anything, since childhood. In 2005, BT traded in six months of snow for six months of rain and moved out west to Portland, Oregon. BT graduated from Pacific Northwest College of Art with a BFA degree in Illustration in May 2010; a nice addition to an earlier, AAS degree in Web Design from Minneapolis Community and Technical College from 2003. In 2016, BT packed up once again and headed for the mountainous enclave of Butte, Montana, where they currently reside.

Teaching and sharing their knowledge of various skills and tools has always played a major role in BT’s creative life. They have worked as an adjunct instructor in the Graphic Design program at Portland State University, as well as the Professional & Technical Communication program at Montana Technological University. They also volunteer in the Community Printmaking Studio at the Imagine Butte Resource Center, and lead workshops and other artistic events there, and anywhere else possible, whenever possible.

BT’s professional skillset these days includes traditional sign painting, gold leaf work, and other handmade lettering, as well as logo design, screenprinting and letterpress printing. Beyond that, BT also dabbles in woodworking, furniture construction and restoration, and would love to tackle larger, site-specific projects in the near future.



Exhibit named after the poem

Wild Geese, by Mary Oliver

*used with permission from Penguin Random House

and created in partnership with…

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