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  • Loon and Fish Art Show and Festival, better than ever

    Alpine Artisans Inc.|Aug 18, 2022

    SEELEY LAKE - The beauty of the Seeley-Swan and Blackfoot Valleys is reflected and enhanced in the diverse artwork that is the heart of the annual Loon and Fish Art Show and Festival. This unique festival sponsored by Alpine Artisans returns Friday, Aug. 19 from 5-8 p.m. and Saturday, Aug. 20 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the Seeley Lake Foundation Building. The festival is free and everyone is welcome. "This year's festival has many exceptional features," said Alpine Artisans' President Kris G...

  • Student Arts Scholarships, Grants available, deadline April 17

    Alpine Artisans Inc.|Mar 17, 2022

    We’re beginning to see the light at the end of the ‘coronavirus pandemic tunnel’ and Alpine Artisans (AAI) encourages parents and high school students to consider the grants and scholarships we offer. Does your K-12 student want to attend a summer camp in music, drama or any part of the arts? Are you a graduating senior who is interested in majoring or minoring in any aspect of the arts? AAI is interested in helping you. Since 1995, AAI has awarded over 24 senior scholarships for a total of over $15,500 and 69 Youth Grants for a total of $12,68...

  • AAI Senior Scholarship and Youth Grants awards announced

    Alpine Artisans Inc.|Jul 15, 2021

    SEELEY LAKE - Alpine Artisans is pleased to announce our Senior Scholarship winner and three additional Youth Grant awards. Seeley-Swan High School recent graduate Kess Victor will use her $1,000 Senior Scholarship to attend University of Montana, focusing on therapy for children and adolescents with a minor in fine arts to supplement her therapy skills. Victor was the recent recipient of a 'Most Inspirational Student' award at SSHS, and her application for the scholarship award was equally...

  • Loon & Fish Festival, Shakespeare in the Park canceled

    Alpine Artisans Inc.|Jul 2, 2020

    "This was a tough decision for Alpine Artisans to cancel the Loon and Fish Festival this summer," stated AAI Program Manger Jenny Rohrer. "The Festival was scheduled for the first weekend in August, featuring a major art show and sale, Soup Bowl Food Bank fundraiser, live music and scholarship raffle, but in consultation with our volunteers, we decided to play it safe and come back again next summer. We couldn't live with bringing even one case to our community". In a normal summer, AAI's 2...

  • AAI receives Humanities Montana CARES Act relief funds

    Alpine Artisans Inc.|Jun 25, 2020

    SEELEY LAKE - Alpine Artisans has received $5,000 through Humanities Montana’s CARES grant program. This rapid-response funding provides general operating support to cultural organizations in the state that have been affected by the COVID-19 health crisis. “AAI is thrilled that Humanities Montana’s has recognized the important role that rural organizations play in building and maintaining the cultural and literary life of small town Montana. AAI’s In the Footsteps of Norman Maclean Festival and Open Book Club literary events will benefit...

  • Arts scholarships available

    Alpine Artisans Inc.|Mar 26, 2020

    Are you interested in a summer arts camp or a senior college scholarship? Alpine Artisans is offering scholarships and we're eager to receive your application – due April 18. For more information and the application forms visit http://www.alpineartisans.org/scholarships/ Youth Arts Grants: All K-12 students attending schools or home-schooled are eligible. Grants can be for art, drama, dance or music workshops, camps or lessons. Our website offers local experts who provide lessons. Senior S...

  • Tour of the Arts features over 25 artists this weekend

    Alpine Artisans Inc.|Oct 10, 2019

    Alpine Artisans’ popular Tour of the Arts returns for its 16th year with one new studio joining the dazzling mix of over 20 artists at work in their studios, galleries and museums scattered throughout the Seeley Swan and Blackfoot Valleys. Held Oct. 12-13 to capture the height of the colorful golden Western Larch, the Tour also offers a free screening of the Oscar-winning documentary Free Solo Saturday, Oct. 12, at 7 p.m. at the Seeley Lake Community Hall. This free, self-guided tour leads you either east of Highway 200 to sites in Ovando a...

  • "FREE SOLO" screening Oct. 12

    Alpine Artisans Inc.|Oct 10, 2019

    SEELEY LAKE - Climbing Yosemite's formidable El Capitan, 3,000 vertical feet of granite (without a rope), is one of the greatest athletic achievements of all time. This is the story told in the Oscar winning documentary "FREE SOLO." Alpine Artisans is presenting "FREE SOLO" on Saturday, Oct. 12 at 7 p.m. at the Seeley Lake Community Hall. The event is free and everyone is welcome. In fulfilling his life-long dream, climber Alex Honnold set an impossible standard – perfection or death. Filmed b...

  • Writing the West: The Way Forward

    Alpine Artisans Inc.|Aug 29, 2019

    The third "In the Footsteps of Norman Maclean Festival" will be held Sept. 13-15 in Seeley Lake and Missoula. The festival is presented by Alpine Artisans and Clearwater Montana Properties, and will be held at the MCT Center for the Performing Arts and the National Museum of Forest Service History in Missoula, plus tours of Maclean's Seeley Lake life and favorite fishing holes on the Blackfoot River. "This is Clearwater Montana Properties first festival as a presenting sponsor and we're so...

  • Loon and Fish Festival returns Memorial Day weekend

    Alpine Artisans Inc.|May 16, 2019

    SEELEY LAKE - It’s been six long years since the Loon and Fish Festival was on the Memorial Day Weekend schedule in Seeley Lake, and nine years since the festival was held at the Seeley Lake Community Hall, where the Festival was first held in 1993! Alpine Artisans, Inc. has returned to the original formula for this popular event – a celebration of art and nature. The festival is anchored by an elegant art show and sale featuring over 30 artists from the Blackfoot, Seeley and Swan Valleys – including wood work, jewelry, watercolor, oils, embro...

  • Loon and Fish Festival returns Memorial Day weekend

    Alpine Artisans Inc.|Apr 11, 2019

    SEELEY LAKE - After a six-year hiatus, Alpine Artisans is reviving one of our most popular events – the unique Loon and Fish Festival. Held once again on Memorial Day weekend May 25 and May 26, the focus of this two-day festival is a group art display featuring the artwork of over 25 local artists of the Seeley, Swan and Blackfoot Valleys. These valleys are home to dozens of exceptional artists and the Loon and Fish Festival is an opportunity to view and buy their work in this fabulous group show. The artwork includes pottery, watercolors, w...

  • Norman Maclean Festival Relocated to Missoula

    Alpine Artisans Inc.|Sep 7, 2017

    Due to the events of the Rice Ridge Fire, the Norman Maclean Festival is relocating the Seeley Lake events scheduled for the first two days of the Festival to Missoula’s First Presbyterian Church – Reverend Maclean’s historic church. Sunday’s films with the creative team from “A River Runs Through It” remain at the Roxy at 9:30 a.m. and The Wilma at 1 p.m. in Missoula as previously scheduled. The Festival’s Gala Dinner on Sept. 8 at the home of Big Blackfoot Riverkeeper Jerry O’Connell will continue as planned. “This was a painful and tough...

  • Norman Maclean Festival to Celebrate the 25th Anniversary of "A River Runs Through It"

    Submitted by Alpine Artisans Inc.|Aug 10, 2017

    Tom Skerritt and other members of the creative team from Robert Redford's film, "A River Runs Through It" will highlight the three-day In the Footsteps of Norman Maclean Festival Sept. 8-10 in Seeley Lake and Missoula. Released in 1992, "A River Runs Through It" won an Oscar for cinematography (Philippe Rousselot), Oscar nominations for its direction (Robert Redford), musical score (Mark Isham) and screenplay (Richard Friedenberg), and created an explosion in the popularity of fly fishing in...

  • Local Talent to Grace the Stage, May 12

    Submitted by Alpine Artisans Inc.|May 11, 2017

    SEELEY LAKE - Alpine Artisans’ second Alpine Review hits the stage Friday, May 12 at 7 p.m. with a full program of music, poetry, art, scholarship awards and laughs. The doors at Seeley Lake Community Hall open at 6:30 p.m. to enable ticket buyers to bid on the silent auction, which will feature several dozen items of unique and valuable local art and homemade items. Raffle tickets will be sold until the drawing at intermission for five items: a Jennifer Dyer basket, a one-hour scenic plane flight for two donated by Scott Newpower, a h...

  • AAI to Receive $10,000 Grant

    Alpine Artisans Inc.|Dec 15, 2016

    SEELEY LAKE - National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu has approved more than $30 million in grants as part of the NEA’s first major funding announcement for fiscal year 2017. Included in this announcement is a Challenge America grant of $10,000 to Alpine Artisans, Inc. for the 2017 In the Footsteps of Norman Maclean Festival. The Challenge America category supports primarily small and mid-sized organizations for projects that extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations—those whose opportunities to experience the arts are...

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