HELENA’S ART TRAIL COMMUNITY

Westside Woods

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.

RESIDENT AMENITIES

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

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.

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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!

LIVING IN

Helena

Helena, Montana. A special place to live that has it all – outdoors, art, recreation, and more – making Helena a hidden gem. Helena was rated one of the 100 best small art towns in America. This growing area boasts incredible scenery, several large lakes, a strong sense of community and adventure while retaining its small-town friendliness. Helena is known for world-class mountain biking, nordic and downhill skiing, hunting, fly-fishing on the numerous creeks and rivers surrounding this art-centric town. Tucked against the Continental Divide, Helena boasts thousands of acres of parkland and wilderness areas in all directions. You’ll find breweries, distilleries, The Hawthorn, The Bray, a world-famous ceramics arts foundation, The Myrna Loy, Grandstreet Theater, the historic downtown quaintness, brimming with art and community events; there’s something for everyone.

ART TRAIL COMMUNITY

Westside Woods

The nearby Mount Helena trail system will get bigger and better as it expands through the Westside Woods. As a result, locals will enjoy more miles of trails, open spaces to explore. In addition, homeowners will wake each day to see the Sleeping Giant nestled amongst the North Hills in the Rocky Mountains. Nowhere else in Helena will you find such flawless mountain panoramas which provide the perfect opportunity to place homes and optimize views. The exceptional design and building standards protect your property’s value and will be unique to this neighborhood.

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.

Amy Brakeman

Fine Artist

Far from small town Ohio where she grew up, the west allowed Amy Brakeman Livezey to blossom into an explorer of landscape and character. Her first true medium of expression was filmmaking, but soon after settling in Montana in 1993 Amy turned to painting. Her work combines realistic figures with abstract elements, inviting viewers to engage with history, time, and emotion. She is now a full time artist residing in Helena, Montana with her husband, artist Dale Livezey.

“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.”

Joe Crowley

Ceramist

BA in Visual Art from the University of Northern Colorado. 2000.
Moved to Helena 2003 to make pots.
Built a kiln.
Married.
Kids.
Dog.
Built another kiln.
Still trying to make better pots.
Proud to be apart of the ceramics community in Montana.

Dale Liveszey

Fine Artist

Dale Livezey began his focused study of the Montana landscape in 1978 when, at the age of 20, he left behind the Ohio farm country where he was raised. Always an independent spirit, Dale’s study in oil painting has been self-directed over the course of his decades painting. An intimate experiential knowledge of light and natural forms guides his highly color-centric compositions. Time outdoors is a key element in his approach, although paintings are largely produced in the studio.

Steven Young Lee

Director of The Bray

Steven Young Lee has been the resident artist director of the Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts in Helena, Montana since 2006. In 2004-05, he lectured and taught at numerous universities throughout China as part of a one-year cultural and educational exchange in Jingdezhen, Shanghai and Beijing. In 2005-6 he was a visiting professor at Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design in Vancouver, B.C.

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 Swanson

Scultptor

Richard Swanson maintains two studios--a pottery, for making utilitarian and sculptural vessels, and a warehouse space, where he works on multi-media sculpture for museum installations, landscape installations and dance collaborations. He resides in Helena, Montana--a mountain town of much sunshine and an atmosphere of support and encouragement for the arts. His wife Penny Price Swanson, is an artist and art educator. Their son Alex is a video/social network game designer for a Disney owned company in Eugene, Oregon.

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.

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