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An Artistic Tradition

With all the scenic beauty surrounding them, it’s probably natural that the folks in the Bigfork area love art.  Not just the occasional painting or sculpture either.  We’re talking about all kinds of art – from traditional western landscapes and bronzes to delicate watercolor miniatures to chainsaw bears and huge iron installations.  And they don’t just keep their art at home.  They display it proudly in their parks, in their businesses and even at their front gate. They also wear it and walk on it.

The Flathead Valley is home to more than 2000 working artists and craftsmen, creating a selection that’s as large as the great outdoors.  Bigfork has an artistic tradition that has made it “One of the 50 Great Towns of the West” and “One of the 100 Best Small Art Towns of the Nation”.  Fine and performing arts are found in the village center as the Bigfork Museum of Art & History faces the Bigfork Center for the Performing Arts, home to the Bigfork Summer Playhouse.  The Museum features changing exhibitions along with a wonderful gift shop offering the works of local artists.

The Bigfork Festival of the Arts has been a mainstay of the August event calendar for more than 30 years. The Festival features arts and crafts in all types of media, great food and a wide variety of music and entertainment.  But while the festival is only one weekend, with more than a dozen galleries in a three-block area, Bigfork is year-round art center where you can often meet the artists and even watch them at work in their studio.  Take some time during your next visit to Bigfork to stroll around and enjoy the artistic tradition.

To learn more about Bigfork and its galleries, visit  Media queries may be directed to Carol Beck-Edgar at 406-837-2061.


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