Eleven venues will be participating in the Downtown Hamilton Culture Crawl this month from 5-8 p.m., on April 12, featuring special artists, activities and events. Pick up a punch card at any of these venues, visit five locations then turn in your punch card for a chance to win a gift from The Wine Cave in Hamilton.
Art Focus located at 215 Main St., will be featuring a fish and waterways show called "Fish and Where They Live." It features nine artists and nine new paintings not previously in Art Focus and commissioned for this show. Some of the artists and artworks include a new acrylic from Joseph Thornbrough, watercolor by Karen Savory, oil and palette knife by Elene Weege, as well as new work from Douglas Taylor, Shirley Sylvester, KJ Kahnle, Douglas Dirkson and Peggy Woods. Celebrating the Bitterroot Valley and its waterways, wildlife and fishermen as we enter our spring season.
Art City located at 407 Main St., is featuring their 21st annual Recycled Art Show for the month of April. It kicks off during Culture Crawl and features the artwork of Russ Patterson who has created magical birdhouses and accessories from old license plates.
Montana Bliss Artworks Gallery located at 101 S. 7th St., is featuring the artwork of Mosaic artist Patty Franklin. After traveling the country, Patty now calls the Bitterroot Valley home. With an odd desire to put things in order, she assembles materials that run the gamut of trash to gold — always keeping the primary ingredient glass. She strives to offer works that are uplifting and intriguing, sharing what lives in her imagination.
The show will also feature collaborative pieces created by Patty and the concrete sculpture of Barbara Bliss.
Chapter One Book Store located at 252 Main St., will be hosting Story Time at 6 p.m.
Artisans on Second, located at 175 S. 2nd St., will be featuring Linda Cohen who is primarily a mixed media artist specializing in steampunk and industrial style art. Recently, she began experimenting with various acrylic painting techniques. Her work is creative and explores new avenues of expression.
The Wine Cave located at 305 Main St., is featuring Elijah Engbrecht who has been creating glass art since 2012. Every piece of work starts out as clear raw glass. With the help of pure silver and 24k gold, colors begin to form on the surface of the glass and can be manipulated in an infinite number of ways. The freedom he feels when constructing a new piece of art is pure joy, and all of his glass objects reflect that energy.
Mikesell’s Jewelry located at 201 Main St., is featuring the work of painter George Frank. He likes to tell a story of what he finds visually appealing. This encompasses a myriad of subject matter that challenges his perception and artistic abilities.
Aspen Leaf Yoga located at 100 Skeels St., is a new venue with Culture Crawl. They are featuring Montana born and raised artist Courtney Neuschwander. Her painting adventures began as a project to help tune up her bird identification skills then gradually expanded to include local landscapes and her newest project which features fish and fly-fishing lures.
ATR 5th Annual High School Art Contest. The theme this year is famous Montana landmarks. The opening reception will be during Culture Crawl on from 5-8 p.m., at ATR Smart Procedures located at 248 W. Main. Over 200 entries have been juried and winners will be announced at the reception. Prizes range from $500 to $100 for first through fourth place in three categories of drawing, painting and sculpture. The work reflects the great job our art educators in the Bitterroot Valley are doing to bring art appreciation and skills to our youth.