Resounds: Arts And Culture On The High Plains

Every Second and Fourth Monday At 6:30 PM

Resounds: Arts and Culture on the High Plains features interviews with individuals and organizations creating art in its myriad forms throughout our listening area. Hosts Anna Paige and Corby Skinner bring listeners access to the creators who live in our communities and who tell our stories through their art.

courtesy Clyde and Niki Butcher

A passionate conservationist and photographer, Clyde Butcher has dedicated five decades to exploring, recording, and sharing the beauty of America’s most treasured landscapes. Butcher often spends his days slogging through the Big Cypress National Preserve behind his Florida studio, lugging an enormous camera and tripod. He also guides other photographers and nature lovers, sharing his knowledge of the orchids, rare ferns, native birds, and swamp creatures that make up the Everglades’ unique and fragile ecosystem. 

  

Anna Paige

Long before the Sierra Club, there was George Bird Grinnell, a man whose vision and prolific writing launched the American conservation movement to protect the American West and specifically Montana. Drawing on 40,000 pages of Grinnell’s correspondence and diaries, John Taliaferro reveals a man whose deep concerns for Native Americans and the preservation of the American West created a vision that still guides the future of our national heritage and natural treasures.


Anna Paige

“Something Holy to Say,” a solo show of Gregory Wilhelmi will be on display for the month of July at Coila Evans Gallery, 119 Main St. in Roundup. In this exhibition, Wilhelmi explores "a world of spirituality obscured, faith smudged, and the struggle to walk again in light," according to the artist's statement.

Wilhelmi lives south of Roundup on Halfbreed Creek with his wife and business partner, Cheryl, in a historic log cabin, circa 1893, with a studio on the property. This show is the most personal he's ever done, described gallery owner Coila Evans, and features images culled from his life in Roundup, as well as works spanning his career as an artist. 


courtesy Joe Wilkins

Poet and memoirist Joe Wilkins was born and raised north of the Bull Mountains, out on the Big Dry of eastern Montana. His debut novel, Fall Back Down When I Die, is a powerful story of land, family, wolves, violence, and liberty. The novel highlights both the struggle and the care Joe knew growing up in the rural West. 


Anna Paige

Songwriters from across the country come together June 20-22 for the 4th Annual Red Lodge Songwriter Festival. The event brings and fans of great songwriting and musicians from Montana as well as across the U.S. and Canada to Red Lodge each summer.


Anna Paige

Donna Forbes and Gordon McConnell have an artful friendship. The two worked together at the Yellowstone Art Museum in the 1980s (then known as the Yellowstone Art Center) and played a major role in growing the facility into Montana’s largest contemporary art museum. Both played a major role in acquisitions of contemporary and modern art from Montana and identifying significant artists working at the time.


Anna Paige

Wes Urbaniak is part of Montana’s ever-evolving folk music community. His distinctive “mountain folk” is defined by uniquely built instruments, which Urbaniak creates by hand. He has an evolving cast of bandmates who perform his original music for a dynamic and string-driven sound. In this episode of Resounds, Urbaniak is joined in the studio by ukulele player Matt Regal and bassist David Banuelos.

Anna Paige

The mission of the Western Heritage Center is telling the stories of the peoples of the Yellowstone River Valley and the Northern Plains. Kevin Kooistra, Executive Director, and Lauren Hunley, Community Historian, join us to discuss current exhibitions at the Center.

Incorporated in 1971, the Western Heritage Center began as a community center displaying a private collection of western artifacts in the historic library building. The Center has added outreach programs and walking tours, changing interactive exhibits, a collection of 35,000 historic artifacts and photographs, nine traveling exhibits, and over 400 oral histories.  


Anna Paige

Jeni Fleming and Philip Aaberg are accomplished Montana musicians from diverse backgrounds who have recently collaborated on a new project—presenting reimagined popular music.

After seven albums and many cross-country tours, Jeni Fleming is fast becoming one of the west’s most sought-after musicians, bringing breathtaking originality to some of the best music of the American songbook

Grammy and Emmy nominated composer Philip Aaberg of Chester, Montana, is known worldwide for his compositions that evoke the spaciousness and beauty of the Western landscape. 


courtesy Gavin Woltjer

Located in downtown Billings, Montana, the Billings Public Library strives to be a place of exploration, education, and inclusiveness that provides entertainment, research resources, music, computer technology, digitization services, and educational opportunities for our community.

Library Director Gavin Woltjer joined Resounds in the studio to talk about the 5th year anniversary of the library and a preview of what he sees as the future for the institution.


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