VARIETY OF HOUSING
This community will offer a variety of housing and lot options from single-family homes to multi-family condos. We’ve also partnered with land conservationists and artists to create our vision for this beloved landscape with expansive views, open space, and connectivity to the local Mount Helena trail network.
The most notable amenity in Westside Woods is the 13+ acres of parkland that connect to the Mount Helena trail system offering hundreds of acres of trails for hiking and biking. In addition, Westside Woods’ Art Trail will feature sculptures from world-renowned artists at the core of this mixed-housing neighborhood. Other nearby attractions are the Broadwater Hot Springs & Pub, Spring Meadow Lake, and Tenmile Creek Park. Within walking distance are two public schools and Helena’s historic downtown.
Our vision for Westside Woods was born from a respect for topography. Quality, sustainability, and green building practice guide us at every turn. We’ve partnered with land conservationists and artists to create our vision for this beloved landscape with expansive views, open space, and connectivity to a network of trails. This land inspires us all. We hope you’ll take a look at our Master Plan.
Click on the right, to learn how Westside Woods fits into Helena’s growth plan, proposed zoning, and how improvements to streets will make this beloved neighborhood even more safe!
THE STREETS AND TRAILS
What’s in a name?
In homage to the arts, we chose to name the streets and the trail in Westside Woods after five inspiring local artists. Each will bear the surnames of those who have undertaken careers as local and world-renowned artists who share an appreciation for the land, space, history and the world around us. In addition, each of these courageous and accomplished artists has created a sculpture for the Art Trail. Read below to learn the inspiring story behind each artist.
“My paintings are explorations of history using paint, photographic finds, pieces of paper old and new, and a variety of tools to build up and then mine the images for a fresh look at the past. Layers and abstraction serve as an homage to the complexity of this endeavor – the chaos of the moment and our ever changing cultural perspectives.”
Moved to Helena 2003 to make pots.
Built a kiln.
Built another kiln.
Still trying to make better pots.
Proud to be apart of the ceramics community in Montana.
Steve has lectured extensively in North America and Asia. In March 2013 he participated on a panel, “Americans in the Porcelain City,” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. In 2013, he was one of several international artists invited to participate in “New Blue and White,” an exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston that featured contemporary artists working in the blue-and-white tradition of ceramic production. In the Fall of 2016 his work will be featured as part of the Renwick Invitational at the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, D.C.
He is represented by the Duane Reed Gallery, Ferrin Contemporary and The Archie Bray Foundation Gallery. His work has been collected by the Smithsonian Museum, the Daum Museum of Contemporary Art, the Four Seasons Hotel in Seoul, Korea, as well as many private collections.
Steve received his BFA and MFA in Ceramics from Alfred University. Originally from Chicago, he lives in Helena with his wife, Lisa and their son and daughter Gavin and Florence.
Richard’s first professional training was in psychobiology, a field dedicated to exploring the physical basis of memory. A casual pottery lesson from a friend led to an intense period of self-teaching and a career as a studio potter--later expanded to include ceramic sculpture. In 1974 he came to Helena, Montana as a resident at the Archie Bray Foundation, an internationally recognized ceramic center. An interest in working large scale with materials other than clay led him back to graduate school at the University of Montana--this time in art--where he undertook the first of several sculpture/dance collaborations with Amy Ragsdale, choreographer and art director of the Montana Transport Company.
Since obtaining his MFA from the University of Montana in 1994, his work has been honored with several major grants and awards, including a Montana Art Council Individual Fellowship, Art Matters Foundation Individual Artist Fellowship, Helena Presents Individual Artist Grant and a New Forms: Regional Initiative Grant. His many large scale works have found permanent homes in the Northwest and beyond. Several of his public art commissions have become the defining visual symbol for cultural institutions including the Myrna Loy Center, the University of Montana-Helena, and the Holter Museum of Art, all in his home town, as well as the Medford Educational Facility in Medford, Oregon. His figurative clay vessels are featured in many books and magazines and have homes in such prestigious institutions as the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Mansfield Center for Pacific Affairs in Washington, D.C.