Culture Crawl set for Aug.  13 in Downtown Hamilton |  Local News

Culture Crawl set for Aug. 13 in Downtown Hamilton | Local News

by JEAN DIESCHER for the Ravalli Republic

Summer reminds us to be kind as kindness warms the world — so appreciate the warm Bitterroot breezes of summer. The Bitterroot summer is a great time to treat yourself to the creative endeavors of our local art community and participate in Culture Crawl from 11 am to 3 pm on Saturday, Aug. 13, in downtown Hamilton.

Visit the participating venues and enjoy the work of many talented Montana artists, musicians and authors. Also, be sure to pick up a Culture Crawl punch card. Get the card punched at each venue and then turn it in. You might win the gift basket with gifts from all the participating venues, a basket full of summer sunshine.

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Chapter One Book Store, 252 Main Street, has a special event. Cindy Smith-Putnam from Bleeding Heart Farm in Stevensville is a flower farmer who believes that flowers are for life and for living not just for special occasions. Smith-Putnam will be demonstrating flower arranging at noon. Learn to create a bouquet that will make your world more lovely and serene.

See the “Contemporary Expressions” show by Bozeman artist LeeAnn Ramey who is inspired by the beauty of nature. Meet her at Montana Bliss Gallery, 701 Main Street, during her Culture Crawl reception from noon to 3 pm on Saturday, Aug. 13, in Downtown Hamilton.

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Montana Bliss Gallery, 701 Main Street, will be featuring the “Contemporary Expressions” show by Bozeman artist LeeAnn Ramey. LeeAnn works in acrylic and oils, and she is inspired by the beauty of nature in Montana. She paints abstracts, landscapes, animals and figures. She loves experimenting with media to create new ideas for colors, textures and compositions. Her brushstrokes can be energetic and bold to capture the wildness of nature and her colors have a fresh vibrant quality. Meet with LeeAnn and discuss her work during her opening reception during Culture Crawl from noon to 3 pm on Saturday, Aug. 13.

“Pause for Poetry” provides the venue and everyone is welcome to come read a favorite poem or just sit and enjoy the poets from 11 am to noon in the Montana Bliss Gallery. After the poetry, sit and enjoy the music of Missoula artist Sophie Therrault. She is a singer and songwriter and performs her work on guitar. Sweet summer sounds to warm your soul.

Art Focus, 215 W. Main Street, will be featuring the work of Whitefish artist Colt Idol. Colt is a long-time Montana resident who spent much of his time growing up enjoying the outdoors, nature and sports. His artistic endeavors have been very successful, and he has been shown in galleries all over Montana. He is enamored by the “West” which can be seen throughout his work. He continues to grow in his talent and has earned the respect of the Montana artistic community.

Art City, 407 Main Street, will be hosting local watercolor artist and silk painter Diane Olhoeft for her “Fur, Feathers and Silk” show. Her opening reception will be during Culture Crawl. Diane loves the free-flowing way the colors, paper and silk dance together in tune with the spontaneous movement of nature. Meet Diane and see her creations during Culture Crawl and throughout August. Get a chance to feel and wear the beauty of silk.

Jean Drescher, art educator and director of the Exploring Arts Program at the ARTspace, 105 S. 7th Street, is excited to be available during Culture Crawl to promote the Exploring the Arts workshop program for adults and youth. She also has youth art on display from the Summer Youth Program and will also have information about the new fall schedule of workshops. Be the first to sign up.

Clay Works! In the Bitterroot studio, 325 Main Street, will be featuring visiting resident ceramic artist, Heather Law. Heather’s work is a social commentary on American consumerism and waste in our society and culture. Her clay work is designed to represent these ideas and be a friendly reminder of the importance of being aware of the human carbon footprint. Heather would love for you to stop by and learn more about her expressive work during Culture Crawl on Saturday.

You can also still purchase beautiful Clay flowers for your summer garden. The talent at ClayWorks! is phenomenal. Workshops are also offered throughout the year. Check it out. Clay is summer sunshine fun for the whole family.

So, if summer kindness is warming your heart, Culture Crawl can be the place to start. Come out and support your Bitterroot Arts community.


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