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Mildenberger Motors hosting charity art show Sept. 10

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For the second year in a row, Mildenberger Motors will be hosting a fine art show on Saturday, Sept. 10, in their vast showroom on the north end of Hamilton to benefit the Colors of Cancer campaign and the construction of a new cancer and infusion center at Bitterroot Health – Daly Hospital.

The art show features an exclusive collection of enhanced giclee prints by local artists that are generously donating for this specific event.

Gary Lynn Roberts of Stevensville and Troy Collins of Hamilton have both reached international levels of recognition and sales for their talents and interpretations of western landscapes and idyllic moments. Roberts is known for timeless scenes of hunters on horseback in Montana’s backcountry as well as 19th Century Old West moments that play on light and contrast. Collins’ brand of palette knife abstract painting includes revered interpretations of the American flag as well as colorful aspen and landscapes.

They will be joined by talented artists Tim Joyner and Jennifer Johnson as well as renowned sculptors Chip Jones and Ott Jones.

“These six are literally some of the hottest artists on the western art scene right now,” said Gina Collins who is married to Troy and is also a member of the Bitterroot Health Foundation’s Board of Directors. “I hope people realize that is an exclusive opportunity. Troy doesn’t usually do giclees, but he is willing to offer four pieces for the hospital for this specific event.”

Gina is still fighting her battle with breast cancer and said many of the participating artists have personal reasons to want to support the construction of a cancer center in Hamilton.

“Cancer survivors, such as myself, feel honored that Bitterroot Health has prioritized the construction of a new infusion clinic so that we don’t have to travel two hours each way to receive treatments in Missoula,” Gina said. “This campaign is close and personal to my heart as well as to many others who are taking part in the event on Saturday.”

In most cases, art buyers can special order the size and frame options for their favorite piece if they don’t find the perfect combination that evening.

Ashley Summers, who co-owns Stevensville’s Treasure State Frames with her husband Jordan, also manages Robert’s art shows and will be bringing a dozen of his large giclees.

“Gary will be there to meet with people and talk about his art,” she said. “His subject matters include scenes of cowboys, Native Americans, snow scenes and river crossings. Something for everyone.”

Live music will be performed by singer/songwriter Annemarie Barnes of Hamilton. Food and wine tasting will also be provided at the event that is free and open to the public.

The art show will be preceded by a fun “paint and sip” art class from 4 to 6 p.m. Sean Bryers who teaches art in Darby Schools will be the instructor and guide students through a step-by-step process of building an image on canvas.

“We’ve done this charity art class before with Sean at a Bitterroot Newcomers Group and he’s amazing,” said Stacie Duce, Director of Philanthropy at Bitterroot Health. “It’s so fun to see painters of all abilities interpret his instructions and create their on version of his vision on canvas. I’m really looking forward to this class because of the subject matter.”

Chris Brown of Hamilton is lending his fully restored 1959 Chevy Apache Fleetiside truck to be the unique subject of the still life art class.

“My great grandfather bought it brand new and it has been passed down through each generation,” Brown said. “I’ve had it since high school and had it restored about 15 years ago.”

The teal-colored vintage truck will be parked in the Mildenberger’s showroom for the art class. Those interested in participating can register and pay for the class online at

“If you’d rather pay in person, please call my office to reserve your seat,” Duce said. “We have a few spots remaining.” The phone number to the Bitterroot Health Foundation is 406.375.4674.

“We’re so grateful to gather a roomful of amazing and beautiful talent for a special evening of giving,” Duce said. “The opportunity to support our new cancer center is unique and so impactful to our community.”

“We’re also extremely grateful to the Mildenberger family for hosting this event during such a tender time for the family since Harold’s recent passing,” Duce said. “It will be an opportunity to honor the legacy he’s built in the valley and remember his feisty spirit that accomplished so much.”

Jon Butler is the general sales manager at Mildenberger Motors and is coordinating the event with the Bitterroot Health Foundation. He said he’s very happy to host the charity event for a second year. For questions or more information, call Jon at 406-363-4100.


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