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The Montana Professional Artists Association, Inc. is hosting its 15th annual Art Show and Sale with scheduled demonstrations by the professional artists June 14, 15 and 16, in Hamilton.

The group show and sale will feature oil paintings, soft pastels, spontaneous watercolors, photography and the ancient art of bronze sculpture.

The event and demonstrations are free all three days and begin with an artist reception, 6-10 p.m. on Friday, that includes a no-host bar, complimentary wildlife hors d’oeuvres, music and a great opportunity to meet the artists and all the people who attend.

Local artist Michelle Kapor said the community will love the scheduled demonstrations.

“The artists were doing demonstrations randomly the past years and people really, really liked it so I scheduled demonstration times so if there is something people want to see they know when to come,” Kapor said. “Kids are welcome to come. In fact, one year I had a young man come to the booth, he took lessons from me and took grand prize at the fair the next year. It’s amazing what people can do, they just need that little bit of guidance and they can do it.”

The MPAA Art Show and Sale continues on Saturday and guests can attend a Plein Air Painting demonstration from 10:30 a.m. to noon with Marcia Ballowe, Maggi Neal and Steve Wilson.

“They will go out by the beautiful pond,” Kapor said. “People love to watch Plein Air Painting. If it is raining they’ll have to come inside of course but that is fine, we have plenty of space.”

On Saturday at 1 p.m., World Champion Wood-Carver Gerald Painter will demonstrate wood carving.

“He got the world best carver award at a show on the East Coast,” Kapor said. “His things are so beautiful and he’ll be carving a bird.”

The third demonstration on Saturday from 3 to 4:30 p.m. is Guache and Pastel Pencils with Anita Ronning.

“She will doing mixed media of running horses,” Kapor said.

On Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to noon will be a scratchboard demonstration by Cynthie Fisher.

“Scratchboard is a technique that requires etching into a white layer covered with black to create a very finely detailed rendering which I then color with water colors,” Fisher said. “It is scrapping off a layer then I add the colors afterwards.”

She will have samples and tools available for people to try.

From 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. is a demonstration of Gunpowder Painting by K.J. Kahnle.

“She does gunpower art by firing off gunpowder so people will love that,” Kapor said.

Kahnle said she will be able to answers questions from the audience during her demonstration.

“I create art by exploding gunpowder to paper that includes the colors that you see in my art,” Kahnle said. “People think that I paint afterwards but the color is also burned in to the art also.”

She uses different types of gun powder and large colored smoke bombs that she cuts small and strategically places them to enhance her design.

“Basically, on Sunday I’ll show how I create something and have Q&A so people can ask questions,” Kahnle said. “I’ll show how I make it look like leaves or how I make it look like a stormy sky.”

The public is invited at any time and to all the demonstrations. The Montana Professional Artists Association’s 15th annual Art Show and Sale will continue until 4 p.m. on Sunday.

The MPAA is made up of some of the finest western artists in the northwest who just happen to live in Montana. Their work features the western way of life, western characters, Native Americans, wildlife and western landscapes done in oil paintings, pastels, watercolor, photography and bronzes.

The work of MPAA artists can be seen in galleries and western art shows throughout the United States. They bring their work into communities all over Montana to promote the arts. They share their work and talents with schools, charities and public works and voluntarily bolster art programs.

The MPAA has an Invitational Show which this year is October 11, 12, 13 in Missoula.

Attend the Montana Professional Artists Association’s 15th annual Art Show and Sale with scheduled demonstrations by the professional artists June 14, 15 and 16, at the Bitterroot River Inn and Conference Center, 139 Bitterroot Plaza Dr., in Hamilton.

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