About Our Artists
Blackfeet Artists 1
Below are short bios about the artists we feature at the Lodgepole Gallery. We invite you to visit our gallery near Glacier National Park, in Browning, Montana to see for yourself the beautiful Native American art we are proud to showcase.
King was a full-time professional Blackfeet artist from Montana whose art is seen internationally. He worked in watercolors, oils, bronze, steel, silver and gold. King’s art reflected his dedication to Native American people and their spirituality. King earned a bachelor degree of fine arts at the University of Montana, Missoula, studying mainly painting and sculpture.
Gale Running Wolf
Gale Running, Sr. is an award-winning Blackfeet artist. He was born and raised on the Blackfeet reservation. He makes his home in Billings, Montana. Although Gale has no formal art training, he masterfully portrays his Blackfeet heritage with vivid realism and developed a unique “winter blue” style that is easily recognized. His portrayal of Blackfeet warriors on horseback has been a recurring subject that has also received commendation. Gale’s mediums consist of pencil, oils, gouache, and acrylic.
A full time professional artist for 26 years, Gale exhibits at many prestigious shows and auctions throughout the United States. He is represented by various galleries, museums, National Parks, and art distributors in the country. His work is in collections throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, and Australia.
This Blackfeet / Assiniboine artist studied at the Institute of American Indian Art in Santa Fe, NM. He earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts at the University of Montana in Missoula. His Collagraphs, which are David's main art form, are based on traditional Blackfeet imagery. He was the featured artist of the Northern Plains Tribal Art in 1999 and participates in other Native American art shows throughout the United States.
Darrell's traditional and contemporary art is based on Blackfeet design and imagery. This involves both painting and sculpture. When working with traditional material, he creates rattles, drums, shields, lances and rawhide containers. He received a certificate of Fine Arts of the North Seattle Community College, Seattle, Washington. After moving back to the Blackfeet Reservation in 1992 he founded the Lodgepole Gallery & Tipi Village in Browning. In 2004 Darrell was honored with the Artist in Business Leadership Award by the First Peoples Fund and in 2002 with Community Spirit Award for his efforts to keep traditional Blackfeet art forms alive.
Valentina La Pier
Working primarily in acrylics, Valentina is a Blackfeet artist who also works with watercolor, and oils. She paints on many surfaces including canvas, silk, rawhide, cotton shirts, greeting cards, glass and rocks. Her original art constructed of freeform patterns is drawn on historical Native American images like those found in traditional art. She has been represented by galleries in Montana and New Mexico. La Pier resides in East Glacier, Montana on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation.
Deborah Magee was born and raised in Browning, Montana and is an enrolled member of the Blackfeet Tribe. Her medium is beadwork and quillwork. She studied these traditional methods from a mentor who repaired and restores Native American artifacts and learned traditional construction techniques. She likes to take these ancient techniques and bring those methods into the twenty-first century in a contemporary way. Her exhibits include the Smithsonian Institution's "Beauty, Honor, and Tradition: The Legacy of Plains Indian Shirts" and the Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery in England titled "A Warrior I Have Been." She has participated in many juried art shows. Some of her awards include Best of Division at the Heard Museum, Best of Show and Juror's Choice at the Great Falls Native American Art Show, Best of Show at the Northern Plains Art Show, Second and Third places at the Santa Fe Indian Market, and Second place at Indian Art Northwest. She has also been an art instructor for the Browning school district.
The Blackfeet artist Mari King was born in Seattle and lives now on the Blackfeet reservation in East Glacier Park. Mari received an Associates of Science degree in Human Services, and a Bachelors of Science degree in Criminal Justice, followed by a Master of Human Services degree as a Counseling Psychologist from the University of Montana in Great Falls. Her formal education includes many hours spent in drawing, oil painting, photography, sculpting and silkscreen. Her art is entered into juried art shows, on previous display at the Indian Art Museum in Santa Fe, NM, the Seattle Indian Center, the Museum of the Plains Indian and the Blackfeet Community College in Browning. Mari paints in oil, acrylic and pastel.
Leonda Fast Buffalo Horse
Leonda was born in Browning, Montana and has been a full time artist since she moved back to the reservation from Seattle, WA in 1993. Her foundation is in painting, drawing and design, which fosters her flexibility to create organic forms as well as traditional geometrics. Adapting imagery of the Northern Plains, she enjoys the simplicity of the designs and primary colors, re-imaging cultural art forms in the medium of glass. She incorporates objects and traditional porcupine quillwork into stained glass designs to fuse old Plains Indian tradition with the media of glass into a new form of cultural artistic expression. Leonda was an instructor for porcupine quillwork at the Institute of Native American Art in Santa Fe, NM and has been a contracted teacher for glass mosaic work in the Browning School District, Since 1996, Leonda has attended art shows such as Northern Plains Tribal Arts in Sioux Falls, SD, Heard Museum Indian Art Show in Phoenix, AZ and the Native American Art Show in Great Falls, MT. In most of the shows she was honored for her quillwork. In 2005 she received the Artist in Business Leadership Award by the First Peoples Fund.