Karen Savory, Jen Ogden, Emy Royce and Gavin Ricklefs

Karen Savory, Jen Ogden, Emy Royce and Gavin Ricklefs invite you to celebrate the holiday season with an art show that benefits the Bitter Root Land Trust, Dec. 9 and 10.

MICHELLE MCCONNAHA - RAVALLI REPUBLIC

Bitter Root Land Trust is hosting a gathering to celebrate art and conservation on Dec. 9 and 10. 

The land conservation organization is collaborating with local artists Jennifer Ogden, Karen Savory, Dulcie Belanger, Lisa Classen and Noellynn Pepos to celebrate the splendor of art and conservation. A percentage of each sale supports Bitter Root Land Trust.

Ogden said, “We know they are good people who do good things.”

Savory said the artists are friends getting together to have a sale and art show supporting water, wild life and working lands.

“We all do different art,” Savory said. “Dulcie does wildlife inspired clay work, Lisa does natural body care products, Noellynn makes beautiful silken wool scarves, Jenifer does cards, prints and original work and I’ll have cards, prints, originals and super cool new signs.”

Savory said supporting Bitter Root Land Trust is important.

“They are working hard to keep chunks of green space in the valley,” she said. “They work with landowners to put the land under conservation to keep it in their vision of how they want it to look, forever. Whether it is having five houses on the land, or having no houses, they get to write in how they want it to keep the Bitterroot Valley green and culturally traditional. Agriculture is really important.”

Savory often works with the Bitter Root Land Trust. She created a print to commemorate the opening and dedication of Steve Powell Park the 22-acres natural area north of Hamilton’s Main Street Bridge, and has created cards for the conservation organization.

“The land trust gives back to us,” Savory said. “They really support the arts and look for these types of partnerships.”

Bitter Root Land Trust Program Administrator Emy Royce said the event is a wonderful way to celebrate the holiday season.

“This fundraiser brings together very talented local artists passionate about the beautiful open spaces of the Bitterroot and this community’s go-to organization for protecting our cherished landscapem all in the spirit of giving,” Royce said. “Not only are you supporting local artisans, you are also supporting the land trust’s mission to work with local farmers and ranchers to protect working lands. These lands are important to our economy, our water resources, and the wildlife of the Bitterroot Valley. That’s why this event is so special.”

Royce said the Bitter Root Land Trust enjoys the work of these artists.

“Some of their work is hanging in our office right now,” Royce said. “Everything is local and handmade. We are fortunate to live and work in a community that cares so deeply about this place. So please come by, find that special gift, and support local artists and open lands in the Bitterroot.”

View and purchase beautiful art while enjoying live music, refreshments and friendships, 5 to 8 p.m. on Dec. 9 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Dec. 10, at the Bitter Root Land Trust office, 170 South 2nd Street, Suite B, in Hamilton.

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