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Walking the Continental Divide between Blackfoot Mountain and Mount Jackson leads climbers past the rarely seen Pumpelly Glacier.

Jonathan Marquis, an avid Missoula outdoorsman, visual artist and graphic designer, wants to put his art skills to work on an environmental documentary project.

He hopes to raise $6,000 via Kickstarter to visit and document each of the 60 named glaciers in Montana in drawings and sketches.

The page for his “Glacier Drawing Project” lays out his plans in detail. The funds will pay for the first season’s work. He hopes to draw between 10 and 15 glaciers, depending on funding, weather and other factors.

Marquis’ previous work has explored Montanans’ relationship to the landscape in unconventional ways, and he feels drawing can capture some of the emotional content that’s lost in photography.

“Drawing has the potential to convey not only the seen but also to be a record of what is felt and experienced over a period of time across a broad set of vantage points,” he writes.

The final series of drawings will be on high-quality 18-by-24-inch paper, and he plans exhibitions and a coffee table book.

Read more about his proposed itinerary and see samples of his glacier sketches here.

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Entertainer editor Cory Walsh can be reached at 523-5261 or at cory.walsh@lee.net.

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