In the Arts

Montana Artist's Refuge in Basin, Montana

by Dave Reese/Montana Living
Set alongside busy Interstate 15, the town of Basin, Montana, is merely a wide spot in the road.
Yawn, and you’ll miss it.
But look a little closer at this town 40 miles north of Butte and you’ll see a town that’s leftover from Montana’s booming mining days of the 1800s and early 1900s, a town that’s for the most part gone bust. Look a little closer and you’ll see a bright spot, where people from around the world gather for a month of artistic inspiration at the Montana Artists Refuge.

Artist Profile: Sheila Miles

The day after Sheila Miles attended a funeral, the raindrops fell hard. They pelted the brick building where she paints and paints and paints. On her canvas, in long blue drops, the rain also appeared. Sloppy, unapologetic, avaricious drops of rain. Then, in the painting, residue from the funeral appeared, too. A boy had died, senselessly, stooping to tie his shoe at the river's edge. The day before, still in her funeral dress, Miles had delivered a lecture to her son, the same age as the boy now dead.

Larger than Life: the art of John Banovich

Editor/Montana LivingMonet had his garden, where he found inspiration for his art.John Banovich has Pine Creek.Banovich, a Butte native, is a world-renowned wildlife artist who has a home on the Yellowstone River near Livingston. It's here that he not only paints, but like Monet in his garden, gathers inspiration for his paintings of tigers in Russia, jaguars in South America or lions...

The Glacier Symphony Chorale sings selection from American choral music

The Glacier Chorale will offer selections from the great history of American choral music at its fall concerts held November 7 and 8, 2015 in Whitefish and Kalispell. Titled A Heritage of Song, the concerts will offer a sampling of some of our country’s great traditional music. The 70-voice chorale will be under the direction of conductor Micah Hunter. It is the second concert in the Glacier Symphony and Chorale’s “American Mix” Masterworks series and traces the process of America ‘finding it’s voice’ through choral music.

Bigfork Community Players present Steel Magnolias

The Bigfork Community Players will present this weekend Steel Magnolias by Robert Harling. In the stage version of the Oscar-winning movie, the witty repartee that fills the air of Truvy’s beauty shop in Chinquapin, Louisiana provides a penetrating view into the lives of a few women who define the character of this small, southern town.

News from the Yellowstone Art Museum in Billings

The Yellowstone Art Museum’s Artist-in-Residence program is as active as its changing exhibition schedule. A celebration honoring outgoing resident artist Maggy Rozycki Hiltner takes place 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., Friday, November 6th, at the Gary and Melissa Oakland Artist-in-Residence Studio at the YAM’s Visible Vault, located at 505 North 26th Street, Billings, Montana. The eleventh artist in the YAM’s residence program, Hiltner’s installation Vantage Point will remain on view in the museum galleries through Sunday, November 8th. A Red Lodge resident, Hiltner simulates classic 1950s and 1960s imagery in hand-sewn embroidered work, often utilizing vintage fabrics to invoke a sense of nostalgia. The seemingly idealized landscapes depicted in her work convey a deeper story and address environmental concerns. Visitors won’t want to miss this opportunity to see Maggy’s epic creation and view works completed in the studio during her residency. The open studio reception takes place the evening of the museum’s Jam at the YAM—one more reason to visit.

Montana Shakespeare in the Parks

Montana Shakespeare in the Parks Presents “The Taming of the Shrew” at FVCC

Bozeman, Mont.— Montana Shakespeare in the Parks (MSIP) will bring its production of "The Taming of the Shrew" to Flathead Valley Community College in Kalispell August 26.

Musician Eric Funk is known for talent as composer

Motivation is never a problem for composer Eric Funk. Rather, the challenge for Funk is finding time to write the music that is always is running through his mind.

Trace Adkins headlines Helena's Last Chance Stampede

HELENA, MT –Trace Adkins will be sure to entertain at this year’s Last Chance Stampede & Fair Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at 7:30 PM. Trace Adkins will perform for one unforgettable evening, outdoors, at the Last Chance Stampede & Fair Grandstand Arena.

Songs from the South: Montana's Singing Sons of Beaches

They call themselves The Singing Sons of Beaches and they travel to the far corners of Montana pulling a trailer better known as the Can of Soup.

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