Welcome to The Red Poppy
Our Web Site
Welcome to our new web site - a work in progress. The artists and artisans that are currently listed are only a few of the over 130 local Mission Valley community members who have work at The Red Poppy. And, the items presented are only a few pieces, representative of their work, intended to show the diversity of the work of this amazing valley. Please come visit us.
THE RED POPPY, opened in May 2005, is centrally located in Ronan, MT at 1 Eisenhower St SW. For information on events, attending a class or instructing a class you may stop by from 12 to 6 Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, 12 to 5 Wednesday and Saturday or call 676-3010.
The mission of THE RED POPPY is to provide a vital cultural center to the population of the Mission Valley. THE RED POPPY and its management team strive to encourage lifelong learning through the arts, to create an environment for artistic and cultural expression, and to provide opportunities for diverse experiences through participation and exhibition.
The goals of THE RED POPPY are to provide an outlet for local artists to express their talents, to provide a learning environment for the people in the Mission Valley to explore their interest in the arts and to discover hidden talents, and to bring in various entertainers to the community.
"We want to provide a place to serve the diverse community of Mission Valley artists, sculptors, weavers, spinners, musicians, actors and dancers - a place where everybody can come together to teach, learn and share." ~Julia Borden
Olivia Lynn Olsen
The art partner of THE RED POPPY, OLIVIA teaches drawing and painting (acrylic, water color, as well as oil), printmaking, pyrography (wood burning) and pottery. Olivia's specialty is in encouraging her many students, both children and adult, to think outside the lines. One of her favorite comments is "a mark is a mark" no matter what it is made with. She has taken her classes outside to use mud puddles as paint and to find brushes from twigs, leafy branches, and even feathers and rocks. Olivia's own work has evolved to combine many mediums. She is very fond of incorporating hand sculpted pottery pieces, as well as developing dimensionality, into her works.
After raising her own family, Olivia took the opportunity to go to the University of Montana, Missoula, to study art. She graduated with a BA of Fine Art and has a teaching K-12 Art Certification. Upon graduation, she then spent six years in Destin, Florida working with interior and exterior decorators painting murals and both Faux and sculptural finishes. Upon her return to Montana, she continued art work in homes locally, worked for St. CharRo Florist, participated in Charlo Arts Camp, worked for the NinePipes Art Group Annual Auction, as well as THE RED POPPY. Olivia is a very popular artist, avidly sought after to do "live paintings" during local charity art auctions.
Regrettably, Co-founder Julia Borden, the proprietor and music partner of THE RED POPPY, passed away in November 2014 following a year-long battle with leukemia. Julia taught violin and viola. Born in Texas and raised in Springfield, Illinois, Julia attended the University of Illinois, the New School of Music (Philadelphia), and earned a B. Music from Chapman University in Southern California. Her primary instrument was the viola and she studied with numerous notable instructors and performers. She played in many community orchestras and chamber ensembles including the Springfield, Illinois Symphony with Harry Farbman, the Interlochen Summer Orchestra with Howard Hansen, the U. of Illinois Symphony, La Camarata (Champaign-Urbana, Illinois), the conducting teaching orchestra of Pierre Monteux in Sorrento, Maine, the Louisville Symphony, the Allentown Symphony, Julian Bream's Chamber Group of Cambridge U (England), the California State U. - Dominguez Hills Symphony, the U. of Nevada Reno Symphony, and more recently the Missoula and Helena Symphonies. She performed regularly at THE RED POPPY.
After raising her family, Julia completed a MBA and PhD in Management at UCLA and taught for the MBA Program at Pepperdine University, UCLA, California State University Dominguez Hills, and for the University of Maryland in Irkurtsk, Siberia. After retiring from her academic career, she and her husband Donn Borden (a retired airline captain) have been in the Mission Valley since 2002, coming from Carson City, Nevada. Julia was actively involved in the local community, being a member of a Whitefish loan committee, a member of PEO, and Registrar of the newly organizing Kuilix chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.
The Red Poppy was Julia's concept of her gift to this community and gave greatly to its development and support. She is deeply missed by all who knew her.