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Weather is changing towards fall and beautiful for strolling the Culture Crawl.

For September, Art City, Art Focus and Montana Bliss Artworks are participating in the Culture Crawl providing art and music experiences in downtown Hamilton on Friday, Sept. 11.

Montana Bliss Artworks Gallery located at 101 S. 7th St will be featuring enamel paintings by Kevin Rhodes for his show, "Seeing Things."

If you see something in one of these paintings, what does that say about you?

"I don’t see things in my paintings,” Rhodes said. “To me, they’re just lines, shapes, and colors. But I do see designs. And here’s what I like best: I don’t see them ahead of time. I don’t have a plan. I might do a quick sketch of an idea, but usually I just see one line where I’m going to start. After that first line, it’s up to the design to reveal itself to me and up to me to see it."

Singer/songwriter Sophia Therriault will be playing original acoustic guitar music during the reception.

Art Focus, located at 215 Main St, will be featuring the paintings of Turner Vinson in the exhibition: A Year in the Bitterroot. An obsession with the landscape drove Turner and his family to the Bitterroots quite recently. Having only lived in the valley a year, Turner’s first round of paintings, the ones featured in this exhibit, depict his first impressions of living in such a magnificent place.

“Rather than depicting a specific moment in time, my hope is that each painting individually portrays a broader sense of place, of nature, and a bit of my experience and interaction with the landscape,” Vinson said. “And as my paintings sit in homes all around the country, I feel that I’ve had the rare opportunity to place just a small bit of nature in each of their homes."

Like many, he has been lured in by the awe-inspiring mountains, the sparkling river, and the wide valley with its pastoral farmlands. But unlike many, he stands in front of these subjects on location and paints them with a unique mix of energy, rawness and sensitivity. Each new season has brought new color and subject matter to press into the canvas, and with each new season Turner digs deeper into the back roads and nuances of this special place.

Art Focus Fine Art and Framing owner Michelle Biggins said Art Focus will continue the show “A Year in the Bitterroot" for September's Culture crawl.

“This show has had such a great response, and there's just so many beautiful pieces that we will be sharing this month,” she said. “Hurry up and see these pieces before they are all gone!” 

Reach Art Focus at artfocusmontana.com or 406-363-4112.

Art City, 407 W Main St., is featuring the outstanding photography of Mel Holloway from 5-8 p.m. on Sept. 11, and through Oct. 3. The Full Moon has just passed but you can see an image of it at Art City, as well as many other images on paper and tile. Enjoy Holloway’s photographic images of the full moon, a Rufous Hummingbird and more.

Art City is open 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. on Saturday, also by chance or appointment, 406-363-4764.

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