VICTOR — Noellynn Ann Pepos, 53, of Victor, went back to nature on Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017. She died of natural causes in her home after a too short, fierce artist’s life. She was born in Tacoma, Washington, to public school music teachers Gerald and Merrillynn Pepos.
Noellynn earned a bachelor’s degree in art from the University of Washington and an MFA in metal design from Southern Illinois University.
Her primary influence was an intense love of nature as exemplified in her sculptural iron work, jewelry, prints and textiles, all filled with organic imagery, materials and meaning.
She had a solo show at the Missoula Art Museum in 2001 and a duo show at Helena’s Holter Museum of Art in 2005. Her 2015 commission “Of Earth, of Sky, of Place Between” is installed at at the International Sculpture Park, “Blackfoot Pathways: Sculpture in the Wild” in Lincoln, Montana. Her work has been in dozens of exhibitions, coast to coast, from Seattle to Philadelphia, New York to Bozeman and many places in between. She was an exhibit designer and curator for the Ravalli County Museum. Her last show was their 2017 exhibition “Tools of the Trade.”
A resident of Montana for 20 years, her ancestral home, Noellynn is survived by her brother Geoffrey Pepos and his partner Cindy Knutsen of Missoula and a large network of extended family, friends and fans.
Celebrations for her life will be held in nature in the spring of 2018 in Missoula and in the Seattle/Tacoma area.
Donations may be made in Noellynn’s name to the Zootown Arts Community Center (ZACC), the Missoula Art Museum and/or the Ravalli County Museum.