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A new monthly series, artTALK, pairs established and emerging artists in an idea-driven dialogue about their work.

The first entry will take place from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 3, at Shakespeare and Co., 103 S. Third St. W.

The featured speakers are acclaimed ceramic artist Beth Lo, a long-time University of Montana professor whose work has been shown around the world, and Crista Ames, a recent UM MFA graduate and long-term resident at the Clay Studio of Missoula.

Lo will give a talk called "Speak English," and Ames will give one titled "Transposing Memories." Afterward, they'll have an open dialogue with a moderator and answer questions from the audience.

Aja Mujinga Sherrard, a UM student pursuing an MFA in fine art and an MA in art history and criticism, created the series after some discussions with Garth Whitson, owner of Shakespeare and Co.

The talks are an opportunity to foster relationships between graduate students and faculty members in a format where they can treat each other like peers, she said.

Artists will share images of their work, Sherrard said, but the emphasis is on concepts and patterns in their work.

Future talks could include artists from the broader community as well as visiting artists at UM.

The events will always take place on the first Tuesday of the month. Check For more information on this month's artists, go to and

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