“Avian Witness” opens at Gallatin River Gallery

Gallatin River Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of new abstract paintings by Bozeman-based artist Catherine Courtenaye. The artist’s “Avian Witness” series references the movement of birds overlaid onto geometric fields. The accompanying catalogue features an essay by Yellowstone Art Museum Curator Susan Floyd Barnett. “Courtenaye thinks of these paintings as aerial landscapes, fully aware that any nod to landscape painting today is complicated by the fraught relationship between natural and human habitat,” Barnett writes. “Inspired by the mapping of movement, natural and cultural history, and the romantic beauty of flight, Courtenaye’s images chart the intersection of nature and culture, knowing and the unknown.”

August 1—September 26, 2020
Gallatin River Gallery, 114 Ousel Falls Rd, Big Sky, Montana.
Contact: Julie Gustafson, 406-995-2909

Opening reception: Saturday, August 1, 4 pm to 6 pm. Social distancing protocols will be observed; masks are welcome.

abstract oil painting

Edgeland of the Sora Rail, 2020, oil on panel, 30 x 30 inches. Photo: Rob Wilke

“Bird, Nest, Nature” at Bedford Gallery, Lesher Center for the Arts


From the Eye of the Bird, 2018, oil on canvas, 45 x 45 inches.

“Bird, Nest, Nature,” juried by Jeffrey De Blois, Assistant Curator, ICA Boston and Rebecca Lowery, Assistant Curator, MOCA Los Angeles, includes over 150 local, national and international artists inspired by the exquisite beauty of creatures of flight.

July 12 – October 18, 2020

Bird, Nest, Nature Press Release

Bedford Gallery, Lesher Center for the Arts, Walnut Creek, California



Hover, 2020, oil on panel, 12 x 36 inches


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KALA Gallery, 2990 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94702

Art Market, San Francisco 2019

“Tending our Fragile Earth,” Art Market San Francisco, Michelle Bello Fine Art, 2019

Tending Our Fragile Earth showcases work that honors and conserves the splendors of our natural world or brings attention to the significant challenges facing our earth today.
Our roster of talented artists includes David Kimball Anderson, Miya Ando, Catherine Courtenaye, Diane DallasKidd, Randal Ford, Marc Katano, Eric Powell, and Mark Seely.

Catherine Courtenaye, Crossbeat, 2018, oil on canvas, 60 x 60 inches

Art Miami 2018

View paintings by Catherine Courtenaye at this year’s Art Miami, December 4–9, 2018. Presented by Zolla Lieberman Gallery.

bright colored rectilinear marks with curvilinear drawing in off-white painting

Cartesian Coordinates: East, 2017, oil on panel. 24 x 18 inches



The Montana Triennial 2018

Catherine Courtenaye is one of 40 artists selected for the Montana Triennial: 2018.

Specimens (with Ibis), 2015, oil on panel, 44 x 68 inches
July 26–October 14, 2018

Reception: 5–8 pm, Thursday, July 26, 2018
Yellowstone Art Museum

Recipient of Artists Innovation Award 2017

Artists Innovation Award

The Montana Arts Council is pleased to announce eight Montana artists as recipients of the 2017 Artist’s Innovation Award. The honorees are: visual artists Bently Spang of Billings, Catherine Courtenaye of Bozeman, Stephanie Frostad and Alison Reintjes of Missoula; performing artists Sam Krahn of Great Falls and Joy French of Missoula and literary artists Jennifer Groneberg of Bozeman and Aaron Parrett of Helena.