THROW BACK THURSDAY, Great Chief Award Artist is Joe Abbrescia, 1978

The Great Chief is the oldest and most prestigious award given by the Kalispell Chamber of Commerce in conjunction with the Hockaday Museum of Art. The award honors civic and volunteer spirit that spans a lifetime and provides a legacy for the community.  Through their efforts, they have made the Flathead Valley a better place in which to live and work.

In 1977, Joe Abbrescia was chosen to be the artist for the 1978 Great Chief Award.  Below he is shown in his studio space which was at 417 E. Idaho St. in Kalispell.  Dominoes Pizza occupies that space today.

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Posted on July 3, 2014 and filed under Throw Back Thursday.

It's THROW BACK THURSDAY #tbt at Abbrescia Gallery

It's THROW BACK THURSDAY at Abbrescia Gallery & Fine Art Restoration Studio and we're rolling back to 1975!

Today, I am sharing with you this article from The Missoulian Newspaper from September 1975.  It talks about Joe Abbrescia (Joseph L. Abbrescia) coming here from Chicago and making preparations to move his family to the Lake Blaine area of Montana that we now call 'home'.  

Posted on June 12, 2014 and filed under Throw Back Thursday.

"Early Fall" Glacier National Park

I love the Red Jammer buses traveling along Going to the Sun Road in Glacier National Park. 
This print on canvas by Joe Abbrescia is available in the Abbrescia Gallery and Restoration Studio located at 236 2nd Ave West in Kalispell Montana.
For more information, call 406-871-0414.

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Posted on September 13, 2012 .

Couer d'Alene Art Auction 2012

It's already time once again to head to Reno, NV this weekend for the Auction!  Time flies....
Contact me if I can be of service!  406-871-0414

Posted on July 18, 2012 .

Abbrescia Extravaganza-1st Thursday Whitefish

Join us in Whitefish Montana for 1st Thursday at The Gallerie at Piney Creek located at 100 Central Avenue.
Joe Abbrescia Jr. presents a tribute to his late father, the artist, Joe Abbrescia.  From cityscapes to landscapes, from figurative to wildlife, a varied collection of work is brought to life by Joe's tireless pursuit of excellence.  More than 20 fine art prints on canvas will be on display. 

We hope that you enjoy them!

The title of the piece shown in this post is "Autumn Trek".

Posted on June 5, 2012 and filed under "Abbrescia", "Art prints on canvas", "Piney Creek", "giclee".

New Artwork Adorns Kalispell

Now there's art on the outside of our building too. The top piece is by Mark Ogle and the two side pieces are by my late father, Joe Abbrescia.

If you have not yet had the opportunity, stop by the newest art gallery & studios in Kalispell. Now is a great time to make the trip and enter our drawing for a chance to win Ogle or Abbrescia art! Our Grand Opening is on Saturday, April 7, 2012. Two names will be drawn during the week of April 9th. And, like the saying goes... you can't win if you don't play!

The gallery features the artworks of both Mark Ogle and Joe Abbrescia. Abbrescia's work is now represented by his son, Joe Abbrescia Jr. Originals and fine art prints on canvas (giclees) from both artists are available. Another unique feature of this space is that it is also the new home of the Abbrescia Art Restoration Studio. Many interesting things happening in Joe's studio!

Abbrescia & Ogle Grand Opening

We invite you to join us for the Grand Opening of the new Abbrescia Fine Art Restoration & Mark Ogle Studios and Gallery on Saturday, April 7, 2012 from 10am - 4 pm. 

Enter our drawing for a chance to win artwork by Mark Ogle or Joe Abbrescia. Two names will be drawn during the week of April 9th. 

Stop by, we're looking forward to meeting you.

Posted on March 7, 2012 and filed under "Downtown Kalispell", "Grand Opening".

2012 Western Art Week - Abbrescia Art Restoration

It's practically time once again to travel to Great Falls for the 2012 Annual Western Art Week. I always look forward to this time of year and catching up with many of my Dad's (Joseph L. Abbrescia) art collectors, rekindling relationships and meeting new prospective clients who may benefit from my experience in the restoration of fine art oil paintings.

Hopefully I'll run into you at either The Russell or March in Montana. If you need me, I can be reached on my cell phone at 406-871-0414.

See you in Great Falls, March 15-18, 2012!

Abbrescia & Ogle - Moving Day

Move In Day - 11-23-11
Today was the day that we started our move into the new studio / gallery space located in the Sykes Complex, at 236 Second Ave West, Kalispell, MT., previously the home to the Jungle Rama Day Care. (I'm finding that when entering our new physical address into Google, it automatically references "Jungle Rama"). How do I get a different business name to show for a location on Google Maps? Until then, just know that is where I am now located along with artist, Mark Ogle.

View Today's Photo Album

I'll take plenty of pictures during this process so that you can see the transformation of our new space. It will probably get worse before it gets better...

P.S. Thank you to Bob, Grant, Nikki, and Jessika for all of your help in moving a lot of stuff for Mark and I!

Posted on November 23, 2011 and filed under "New Studio".

When Art Comes Full Circle- Joe Abbrescia & Mark Ogle Together Again

When Art Comes Full Circle
With the help of Sykes owner Ray Thompson; Mark Ogle and Joe Abbrescia Jr. bring two Art Studios back to downtown Kalispell.

Kalispell, MT 11/16/2011 - The Sykes Complex will be getting new tenants in time for the Kalispell Art Walk on December 2, 2011. The Art Studios of Mark Ogle and Joe Abbrescia Jr., are joining forces and moving into the newly remodeled Sykes location at 236 Second Ave West in Kalispell (recently the home of the “Jungle Rama” Day Care).

Sykes owner, Ray Thompson, had a vision for the arts in regards to his current building remodel, which is located across the parking lot from the Sykes Restaurant and Market. Ray Thompson asked artist, Mark Ogle if he would like to move his studio back to the downtown Kalispell area. Ogle then asked family friend, conservator, Joe Abbrescia Jr., if he would like to share the newly remodeled space. With the original Abbrescia Art Gallery building on First Ave West for sale; the timing couldn’t be better for Abbrescia Art Restoration to move into a new space.

It’s really ironic when one sees something come full circle. Mark Ogle had been a prominent student of the late artist, Joe Abbrescia, who was recognized as "one of America's most accomplished impressionist painters". Mark has also known the Abbrescia family for many years. In fact, Joe Abbrescia Jr., used to listen to his Dad and Mark discuss color theory and composition as a young boy, both in Scottsdale and in Montana. Joe Jr. has lived his entire life immersed in the arts and also under the tutelage of his late father. Now, Abbrescia and Ogle will share one beautiful new studio space in downtown Kalispell.

Mark Ogle has earned a substantial reputation as one of the most talented landscape painters in America, and is very well known locally for his Glacier Park landscapes. Joe Abbrescia Jr. (Abbrescia Art Restoration Studio) specializes in the conservation and restoration of fine art oil paintings with emphasis on prominent western artists. Both studios will call the new space home; and the gallery portion will showcase original artwork and fine art giclee prints on canvas of both Ogle and the late Joe Abbrescia.

Make plans to join us for the Annual Art Walk and Holiday Stroll in downtown Kalispell on Friday, December 2nd from 5 pm - 9 pm, see the new studios and enjoy tasty snacks prepared by “Giuseppe” (a.k.a Joe).

Birth of a New Holiday Tradition-Buy Locally

As the holidays approach, the giant foreign factories have kicked into high gear to provide Americans with monstrous piles of their produced goods... merchandise that has been produced at the expense of American labor. Wouldn't it be great if this year were different? This year, Americans could start a new tradition by giving the gift of genuine concern for other Americans by buying locally to support your communities. There is no longer an excuse at gift giving time that nothing can be found that is produced by American hands. Yes! Yes, there is!

It's time to think outside the box, people! Who says a gift needs to fit in a shirt box, wrapped in mass produced wrapping paper?

Everyone -- yes EVERYONE gets their hair cut. How about gift certificates from your local American hair salon or barber? Or a maniure, pedicure, facial, or massage for someone you love?

Have you ever thought about buying a piece of artwork from a local artist? What about contracting with a local handy man or carpenter to complete something on the "honey-do" list for someone you care about? Or a gift certificate from a local mom & pop store? Gym membership? It's appropriate for all ages who are thinking about some health improvement. Who wouldn't appreciate getting their car detailed? Small, American owned detail shops and car washes would love to sell you a gift certificate or a book of gift certificates for their services.

Are you one of those extravagant Holiday givers who think nothing of plunking down the bucks on electronics that are produced outside of this country? Perhaps your grateful gift recipient would like his/her driveway sealed, or lawn mowed for the summer, or driveway plowed all winter, or games at the local golf course or local ski resort?

There are a zillion locally owned and operated restaurants that offer gift certificates. And, if your intended isn't the fancy eatery sort, what about a half dozen breakfasts at the local breakfast joint? Remember folks, this isn't about big National chains, this is about supporting your hometown friends, neighbors and Americans who have their financial lives on the line to keep their doors open and survive these economic times.

How many people couldn't use an oil change for their car, truck or motorcycle, done at a shop run by the American working guy? Thinking about a heartfelt gift for Mom? Mom would LOVE the services of a local cleaning lady for a day, week, month, monthly, decide!

My computer could use a tune-up, and I know and you know that we can find some young guy or gal that is struggling to get their computer repair business up and running.

OK, you say you were thinking of something more personal. Did you know that local crafts people spin their own wool and knit them into scarves? They make jewelry, and pottery and beautiful wooden boxes, soaps, jams, candles and stained glass, patio furniture, tables, chairs and tapestries! The list goes on & on....are you starting to get it?

Plan your holiday outings at local, owner-operated restaurants and leave your server a nice tip! And, how about going out to see a play or ballet at your hometown theatre and spending the evening with your family? Musicians need love too, so find a venue showcasing local bands.

Honestly, people, do you REALLY need to buy another ten thousand Chinese lights for the house? Did you know that when you buy a five dollar string of lights, about fifty cents stays in the community? If you have those kinds of bucks to burn, leave the mailman, trash guy or babysitter a nice BIG tip.

You see, Christmas is no longer about draining American pockets so that other countries can build yet another glittering city! Christmas is about caring about
US, and encouraging American small businesses to keep plugging away to follow their dreams and be able to support their families!! When we care about our fellow Americans, we care about our communities, and the benefits will come back to us multiplied.

Make this the new American Christmas tradition. And, when you think about it.... why stop after Christmas?

Forward this to everyone on your mailing list, post it to discussion groups, throw up a post on Craigslist in the "Rants and Raves" section in your city, send it to the editor of your local paper and radio stations, and TV news departments.

Let's start a revolution of caring about each other by helping and supporting our friends and neighbors... afterall.... isn't that what Christmas is all about?

Abbrescia - Christmas Holiday Art Show

Join us for our Christmas Holiday Art Show opening on November 11, 2011 at The Gallerie at Piney Creek located at 100 Central Ave in Whitefish, Montana.

Several smaller pieces with a vast array of price points have been added to the ABBRESCIA Room which showcases the artworks of my late father, Joseph L. Abbrescia.

Hopefully, I'll see you there! Stop in and say "hello"!
Posted on October 9, 2011 and filed under "Abbrescia giclee", "Gallerie at Piney Creek", "Holiday Sale".

2011 Coeur D'Alene Art Auction

The 2011 Coeur D'Alene Art Auction will be held July 23rd at The Silver Legacy Resort in Reno, Nevada.

I will be there again this year and am really looking forward to the weekend. If I can be of any service to you, please do not hesitate to give me a call at 406-871-0414.

If you haven't viewed the catalog, you're really missing out!

Documenting your art collection and Painting Evaluations

I found a great article to share!  It contains much of the same information I share with my clients.  I like to contain all information regarding the art collection on its separate portable hard drive...something small and compact so it doesn't take up too much room in your safe deposit box at yourbank.


The Importance Of Documenting Your Art Collection -

Posted on July 16, 2011 and filed under "Art collecting", "art documentation", "painting evaluation".

Abbrescia Hand Embellished Prints on Canvas

Fine art giclees (canvas art prints) hand embellished by the artist's son, Joe Abbrescia Jr., will soon be available at a new art gallery in Whitefish, Montana. More information coming soon. Stay tuned!

Articles featuring Joseph Leonard Abbrescia (1936-2005), and his work have been in more than 70 publications, including several issues of "Southwest Art Magazine", "Artists of the Rockies and the Golden West", "Western Art Digest" and "Scottsdale Scene Magazine", to name a few.

Among numerous awards received are "Artist of the Year" from the American Royal Western Art Association; "Best of Show" at the Eighth Annual Museum of Native American Cultures Western Art Show and Auction; and most recently Joe was three-time "Best of Show" and two-time "People's Choice" award recipient at the C.M. Russell Auction of Original Western Art in Great Falls, Montana.