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Tom Pomarico pours himself a cup of coffee at Aunt Dofe's in Willow Creek on June 1, 2022.

Juni Clark had been thinking about starting an artist residency program at Aunt Dofe’s, an art gallery in Willow Creek, since she bought the building in 2018. But first, she wanted to get to know the space.

She spent several years making improvements to the building, transforming it from one to two galleries and adding a shower. This summer, she finally felt ready to share the space, choosing Tom Pomarico as Aunt Dofe's first resident artist.

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Mushrooms for a still life painting sit in the corner of Tom Pomarico’s studio at Aunt Dofe’s on June 1, 2022, in Willow Creek.

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Tom Pomarico works on a still life in his studio at Aunt Dofe’s on June 1, 2022, in Willow Creek. The back portion of the building serves as living quarters and studio space for the artist in residence.

Pomarico is a recent graduate of the Montana State University master of fine arts program. In exchange for living and studio space, Pomarico helps Clark maintain the building and open the gallery on the weekends. He also helps exhibiting artists hang their shows.

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Tom Pomarico and Juni Clark help hang Jerry Iverson’s show at Aunt Dofe’s on June 23, 2022, in Willow Creek.

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Tom Pomarico helps artist Jerry Iverson store his paintings at Aunt Dofe’s on June 23, 2022, in Willow Creek. Pomarico’s art can be seen hanging in the studio around them. Iverson had a show at Aunt Dofe’s from June 24 to July 30.

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Tom Pomarico shows some friends the roof of Aunt Dofe's on June 4, 2022, in Willow Creek.

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A box full of brushes sits in one corner of Tom Pomarico’s studio at Aunt Dofe’s on June 1, 2022, in Willow Creek.

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Tom Pomarico drinks a cup of coffee in front of Aunt Dofe’s on July 27, 2022, in Willow Creek.

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Tom Pomarico tries to picture a painting he wants to do of an old grain mill in Willow Creek on June 1, 2022.

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Tom Pomarico takes a break in the yard behind Aunt Dofe’s on June 1, 2022, in Willow Creek.

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Tom Pomarico uses his fingers to frame the landscape while painting under the Sappington Bridge on July 27, 2022.

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Tom Pomarico paints the Jefferson River from under the Sappington Bridge on July 27, 2022.

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Rachel Leathe is a Chronicle staff photographer. She can be reached at rleathe@dailychronicle.com or at 406-582-2678.

Rachel Leathe is a Chronicle staff photographer. She can be reached at rleathe@dailychronicle.com.

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