By Betty Vanderwielen

Tour unfolds variety of artistry


October 18, 2018

Betty Vanderwielen, Pathfinder

Martha Swanson explains to visitors one of the many steps that goes into creating the salad bowls crafted by her and her husband Jerry. Each bowl takes about eight to ten days to complete. She credited Jerry for coming up with ingeniously simple solutions for problem issues such as how to provide sufficient pressure to stabilize gluing wood pieces on a curve.

From Lincoln through Ovando, Seeley Lake and up the Swan Valley, Montana artisans displayed a wide variety of art works during Alpine Artisans' Tour of the Arts Oct. 13-14.

Well over 100 visitors came from all over Montana and as far away as Tennessee, Minnesota and California.

The tour entailed a lot of driving for those who chose to visit every location but nature itself became part of the artistry as trees displayed their fall yellows and golds while mountains, trees and hills added a sprinkling of snow. Studios, galleries and museums housed artisans displaying their works. President...

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