IMG_1756-on whiteHello, I’m Marla Goodman.

On January 3, 2016, I had one of those little flickers of gumption that I sometimes get while digesting morning coffee. So I drew a little insignia using the sketch app on my ipad and invited 35 or so local friends to take part in an invitational art show called Three Story Houses.

Some of the friends were artists, some were people who don’t refer to themselves as artists. I expected that maybe a third of those I invited would accept, and maybe half of the remaining number would deliver a work by the submission deadline, a month later. As it turned out, 29 people accepted the invite, and 26 showed up on my doorstep Feb. 21 with works in hand.

The idea for this theme came about when a friend and I were discussing what theme, if any, could tie together disparate styles. I suggested “Three Story Houses.” Everybody has stories, whether they’re truths, lies, histories, secrets or innocent fictions. And houses are a natural container for stories.

The Format: I provided a 12″ x 24″ format, in the form of a cheap canvas, to each participant. The rest was up to them.

The Artists: Kelly Bellcour, Duncan Bullock, Tina DeWeese, Tara Gallagher, Anne Garner, Max Giles, Sharon Glick, Marla Goodman, Birdie Hall, Alvin Huntsman, Terry Karson, Kate Lyndsay, Cristina Marian, Kenda Minter, Stephanie Newman, Shawn & Bella Raecke, Robert Rath, Selisa Rausch, Tina Rodriguez, Raina Rowberry, Jack Schwem, Joe Schwem,  Jocelyn Stoody, Tom Thornton, Tyson Vick, Mike Weix, Carmel Wood and Angela Yonke.

Seeking Venues: Now that the works exist, the artists would like to offer this series (or the majority of it, depending on venue limitations) for public viewing throughout Montana during 2016 and 2017. Ideally, we would love to see it in public spaces where people who may not regularly view art can see it, but we are open to traditional venues, too. This could mean anything from museums and galleries to businesses, community centers, medical or educational facilities, or non-traditional public art spaces yet to be discovered.

Seeking Partnerships: We are also eager to invite promotional tie-ins such as educational efforts, community service opportunities and related arts events on the themes of houses and stories. If you are interested in working with us to display the works or collaborate on the theme, please submit the contact form at the bottom of this page.

A sneak preview of the works:


Thank you to all the brave artists (and people who don’t call themselves artists) who participated in this little adventure. Let’s see where it goes from here!

More info: Submit this contact form to find out more about hosting this series (or part of it) in your public venue or planning a collaborative event on the themes of houses or stories.