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The Joy of the Process

I follow the grain of the wood with the handle of my mom's old scraper in my right hand, while controlling the pressure and flow of the blade with the fingers of my left. I get a warm feeling between my shoulders and neck as the rhythm of the wood is revealed. This is when the stories begin. Together they are my calming rhythm.

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6th of February, 2020

Health Recovery


Health issues over the last 3 years, including an SI joint issue and a hip replacement have kept me out of my workshop.  July 2019, just when I thought I would be able to get back to my art, I suffered a burst fracture of the L2 vertebra and 7 fractured ribs from a waterskiing accident which kept me down for several months, but I’m now getting back up to speed and am feeling creative.  Meanwhile, I’ve collected several pieces of wood that that are waiting for me to listen to their stories. It may be a few months before I complete a piece, so stay tuned…Oh yeah, I will be waterskiing this summer!

18th of March, 2017

Rhythms of the West Collaborative Exhibition of Art at the E3 Convergence Gallery


“Rhythms of the West” is a collaborative exhibition of art created by Bobbe Almer and Steve Woodhouse. The exhibition will open at the E3 Gallery, 229 W Main Street in Missoula, Friday, April 7, at 5 p.m. with a free public reception featuring music by Jami Kidd. This must-see exhibition pulls together scenes and materials that express what these artists see in ordinary life west of the Rockies. Both artists will be present at the opening to demonstrate and share insight into their work.
Almer’s work always involves nature which she captures in oil, pastel, or watercolor depending on how she chooses to portray her subject. “I’m inspired by light as I see it falling on the landscape. Whether I’m painting the tightly defined feathers of a bird or the loose strokes of daisies in an imaginary field, my choice of medium helps me capture the light and elements I observe,” she says.

Woodhouse is a sculptor of found wood from the mountains and streams of Montana. His sculptures are fascinating pieces filled with intrigue and hidden messages. “Only man expects to see straight lines in things he tries to follow or control,” says Woodhouse. “Texture, color, and shape form a living rhythm which I attempt to reveal as the wood begins to share its story with me through the process.”

Both artists bring their own unique interpretation of the rhythms they find in creating art. This exhibition will be on display through April 30.

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