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August 10 is the monthly second Friday celebration of Hamilton Downtown businesses called “Hamilton Tonight.” 

Live music on Third and Main Streets will be provided by The Timber Rattlers.

Seven venues of shops and galleries will be hosting the August “Culture Crawl” featuring artists, food, musicians and authors, from 5 to 8 p.m.

Spend a beautiful Montana summer evening touring the venues and enjoying the arts of the Bitterroot Valley.

Featured artists can be seen on Facebook, Culture Crawl Hamilton.

Seven art galleries and businesses are participating.

Art Focus, located at 215 Main St., is featuring the paper Mache work of Marshall Holmberg.

Montana Bliss Artworks Gallery, at 101 S. 7th St., has two features - the Fiber Arts Group “Friday TARTS” is showcasing a variety of fiber art work and techniques, plus, J. Craig Platt from the Blue Hare Studio, in Bear Creek near Victor, will be showcasing his “Gypsy Boy” jewelry.

Artfully Repurposed, at 105 S. 7th St., is featuring the unique western-themed jewelry of Casey Curtis.

Chapter One Book Store, at 252 Main St., is having children’s story time at 6 p.m.

Robbins Hallmark, at 209 Main St., will be cooking appetizers using their wonderful oils and vinegars. Featuring tomato basil freschetta, baked brie and balsamic strawberries.

Artisans on 2nd located at 175 S. 2nd St., is featuring a gallery full of unique Montana artists.

Art City, at 407 Main St., is featuring the work of paper collage artist Jennifer Ogden and ceramics artist Dulcie Belanger.

Belanger and Ogden build their “Wendy Tree, A place of Holding” show around the message of J. M. Barrie’s fictional book Peter Pan. Their art is centered on the concepts of the lost boys needing Wendy to be “a nice motherly person” and “Wendy Lady” responding by holding the lost boys together with stories, bedtimes and care.

“Like Wendy, we all participate in gentle holding of our world, in one role or another,” Ogden said. “Whether it is holding a classroom, a family, friends, a community or ourselves, it is a world of our own making. By recognizing opportunity we gain real experiences and ultimately create our own version of Neverland.”

Belanger said people grow and change.

“Our roles adjust as we and the people around us expand and grow; a constant arrival and departure to and from that place we hold with an open hand,” she said. “This place, our own “Wendy tree” holds us; a shelter within an adventure and offers support as we move through our lives becoming that which we are meant to be.”

Pick up a Culture Crawl punch card at any venue, visit at least five sites, turn in the card and become eligible for a $50 gift certificate at Mikesells Jewelry in Hamilton.

Hamilton Tonight and the Culture Crawl are a great way to enjoy the summer.

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