Laura Grace Barrett was born in Montana and now lives in Bigfork, Montana, San Francisco, California, and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. She is married to Jack Charles Barrett, together they have eight adult children, and eleven grandchildren. Barrett has traveled extensively, studied cooking in Mexico, Italy and France and has collected textiles and art throughout her life.


She received a BA in English, Spanish and Education from the University of Montana, Missoula, then studied painting, drawing and design at the University of Hawaii. and later, painting and Spanish at the University of Arizona in Guadalajara, Mexico. She studied printmaking, drawing, and Spanish at University of California, Los Angeles, California. Barrett also received an MFA in Theatre Arts from UCLA.

In California she studied printmaking with printmakers Leonard Edmondson, Mario Baratucci, Eva Kolosvary, as well as at UCLA. She studied painting with Hans Burkhardt, Robert Frame and Antoyan, collage and assemblage with Gordon Wagner, papermaking with Harriet Germaine at UCLA, and at Mendocino Art Center, and most recently encaustics at the Center for the Book in San Francisco and graficas alternativas with Maestra Nunik Sauret in Puerto Vallarta.

Most Recent Shows

Jest Gallery, Whitefish, Montana 2002
Search for Authenticity
One man show….Found Art in Collage and Assemblage

Hockaday Museum of Art, Kalispell, Montana 2000\
Series 2: Learning to Love Yellow
One Man Show….Collage Tapestries

Emerson Cultural Center,1998 Bozeman, Montana
Series 1: Landscapes from Afar
One Man Show….Collage Tapestries

Bebe Kezar Gallery 1996 Whitefish, Montana
Narrative Landscapes
One Man Show….Collage Tapestries

Grand House Gallery 1986 San Pedro, California
Intimate Voyages
One Man Show….Monoprint/Collage

Her work has been in various group shows, and is in collections throughout the United States and Europe.

Current/Upcoming Shows

Nelly’s Gallery, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Puestas del Sol & New paintings
April 2008

Traders Gallery Kalispell, Montana
Reprise of Tapestry Series, 1 & 2
April, 2008

Sage Gallery, Whitefish, Montana
New Large Paintings w/ Found Art
May, 2008

Clementine’s Cabin, Bigfork, Montana
Imitations of Morandi
Encaustics & Collage Paintings
July, 2008

Work Experience
Gallery owner, art director, chef, Bridge Street Gallery Restaurant, Mt.

Literary Manager, Odyssey Theatre Ensemble, Santa Monica, Ca
Art & Performance Critic: Random Lengths Newspaper, San Pedro, Ca.

Flight Attendant: Pan American World Airways, San Francisco, Ca.

Teacher: Orland Junior High, Orland Ca. , St Lawrence Martyr,
Redondo Beach, Ca.

Community Service
University of Montana Arts Advisory Council, 2000-2008, Missoula

Taste the Best of Bigfork, 1995-2000 Benefit for Habitat for Humanity

Angel’s Gate Cultural Center, 1982-1984, San Pedro, Ca.
Pauline’s Yard, 1965-1972, non-profit arts organization, Watts, Ca.
Palos Verdes Community Arts Association, 1962-1984. California

Artist’s Statement

The idea that art is all around us and is free for the seeing pervades my work. With the use of found papers or objects, an artist attempts to blend art and life. I try for a “blend of the real and the visionary, the practical and the impractical, suggesting reality in an abstract world.”


Stephanie is a well-known Montana artist who works in Encaustic, Oil and Watercolor. Her Plein Air painting (being in the actual environment she’s painting) is impressionistic and very beautiful.

Stephanie has taught drawing and Design at F.V.C.C. and gives private drawing and watercolor lessons. She has studied art at The University of Oregon, Eugene • The University of California, Berkeley • Aix-en-Provence, France • Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, California • University of Montana, Missoula • and various workshops and much self-teaching.

These studies resulted in a B.A. in Art from Berkeley, a B.F.A. in Illustration from Art Center College of Design, Pasadena and an M.F.A. in Master Teacher of Fine Arts and Humanities from University of Montana, Missoula.

Her representing gallery is The Walking Man Gallery in Whitefish, Montana. Past exhibitions have included solo encaustic shows at:

The Walking Man Gallery
The Kalispell Coffee Traders, Kalispell, Montana
The University of Montana Art Gallery
The Hockaday Museum of Art Small Works, Kalispell, Montana, and
The Stillwater Gallery in Whitefish, Montana.

She has been the recipient of an Artist-Forest-Community residency in the Helena National Forest.

Stephanie es un conocido artista de Montana, que trabaja en aceite encáustica, y la acuarela. Su pintura al aire libre (que es en el entorno actual que es la pintura) es impresionista y muy hermosa.

Stephanie ha enseñado el dibujo y diseño en PCVC y da clases particulares de dibujo y acuarela. Ha estudiado arte en la Universidad de Oregon, Eugene, de la Universidad de California en Berkeley, Aix-en-Provence, Francia, el Art Center College of Design de Pasadena, California, la Universidad de Montana, Missoula, diversos talleres y mucho de autoaprendizaje .

Estos estudios resultó en una B.A. en el Arte de Berkeley, un B.F.A. en la ilustración del Art Center College of Design, en Pasadena y un M.F.A. en Maestro de Bellas Artes y Humanidades de la Universidad de Montana, en Missoula.

Su galería que representa es El Hombre Galería Walking en el pescado blanco, Montana. Exposiciones anteriores han incluido exposiciones individuales en encáustica:

The Walking Man Gallery
The Kalispell Coffee Traders, Kalispell, Montana
The University of Montana Art Gallery
The Hockaday Museum of Art Small Works, Kalispell, Montana, and
The Stillwater Gallery in Whitefish, Montana.

Ella ha sido el destinatario de una residencia artística-Forestal de la Comunidad en el Bosque Nacional de Helena.