Eight venues will be participating in this month's Culture Crawl in downtown Hamilton, 5-8 p.m., on Feb. 8.
The New Year brings a wonderful array of fine arts and events to enjoy.
You can pick up a punch card at any of the venues below, then visit five locations and turn your card in for a chance to win a $50 gift certificate from Clay Works.
Art Focus, located at 215 Main St., will be celebrating new store owner and manager Michelle Biggins.
She was born and raised here, spent eight years in Bozeman, finishing a degree in business management at Montana State University, worked at Big Sky Resort in information technology and is excited to be back in the beautiful Bitterroot Valley. She is very excited to start a new chapter with Art Focus, taking an ownership/management role. She has been active in the local community from an early age with a musical background (playing cello) and has been involved in a number of local music ensembles. She is grateful to have the chance to give back to the community and keep the love of art and music alive in our community.
Come by Art Focus, meet Biggins and welcome her to the Hamilton Arts community.
Also at Art Focus in February, is the artwork of Ed DuRose depicting a variety of local scenic areas from around the Bitterroot Valley. Migrating birds and wildlife, landscape scenery are imagery often depicted in his acrylic and oil paintings. His artwork has been published in a number of publications and can be seen in a few select museums.
Art City located at 407 Main St., is featuring the “Art to HeArt: Treats for your Sweetheart” Valentine Show. The show continues through Feb. 14, and the treats are art treasures, perfect for gifts.
Montana Bliss Artworks Gallery, 101 S. 7th St., is featuring a body of work by the Huichol Tribe from Central Mexico. They are an indigenous people who have been in the region for over 10,000 years. In modern times they are known for their yarn painting and beadwork. This show features several pieces of Huichol beaded animal skulls. The designs reflect the tribe’s relationship with their Peyote based religion and their natural world.
The gallery will host a special artist talk at 6 p.m. featuring Seira McPherron who will discuss the Huichol Tribe and their art work.
Montana Bliss Artworks Gallery is also featuring the concrete sculptures of Barbara Liss that reflect the faces and dress of indigenous peoples and culture.
The Machine Aesthetic Sculptures of Lee Kierig will again be featured this month with three new larger pieces to enjoy. His creative use of metal materials and forms is unique and fascinating.
Chapter One Book Store, located at 252 Main St., will host Story Time at 6 p.m.
Robbin's Hallmark, located at 209 Main St., will not be open but will reopen for the Culture Crawl in April.
Artisans on Second, located at 175 S. 2nd St., will be featuring the photography of Eric Brunet. He has lived in the Bitterroot Valley for fourteen years. His scenic photography and poems reflect his love of “Home.”
Mikesell’s Fine Jewelry, 201 Main St., will be showing the photography of Barbara Garten. Her love of Montana is reflected in her images of landscape and wildlife. She feels Montana is a photographer’s dream come true and there is no shortage of subject matter around her.
Clayworks, at 325 Main St. Hamilton, is featuring the clay work of Sidney Mehischmidt. He is a founding member of Clayworks. His ceramic plates and wall hangings reflect his travels in Montana and around the world. His time in Alaska inspired his fish forms. His uniquely shaped bowls are very popular and have become collector’s items.
The Wine Cave, located at 305 Main St., is featuring the oil paintings of Jodi Monahan from Missoula. Her work reflects her passion for her family heritage which is anything Italian and Irish/Celtic imagery and traditions. She especially enjoys creating the colors and textures of Tuscany. She is very involved in local community events and supports charities often donating her art work.