About the event:
This anticipated event brings downtown businesses, local artists, and the Helena community together to experience a variety of art in unique venues throughout downtown. There will be free food and beverages, live music, and door prizes at select locations. Come celebrate the arts at the Fall Art Walk!
Check back for more information and to browse the participating businesses as they are added!
|PARTICIPATING BUSINESSES 2016|
|South Last Chance Gulch|
|Lewis & Clark Library |
Artist Donna Wise will exhibit her oil, watercolor and pastel paintings. Art Mobile of Montana will be in the library’s Large Meeting Room displaying work by Montana artists. Art Mobile of Montana is an educational outreach program providing access to original art display and hands-on art instruction to small schools throughout the state. There will also be an interactive art project taking place. Refreshments served.
|Ghost Art Gallery|
Artist Ginger Agee presents watercolors in soft colors of the West where she grew up and has studied and created art throughout her life. Ginger finds inspiration and emotional connection in many subjects and in life’s smaller details. Refreshments served.
|Frayed Sew Boutique
Frayed Sew Boutique carries a variety of unique items from over 80 different artists, most of whom are local. Come see their new inventory! Refreshments served.
|Birds & Beasleys|
Ellen Baumler will be signing her newest book from 5-6:30. Beth Cummings will have a new collection of wooden quilts with proceeds donated to the Helena Food Share Backpack program and MT Wild will have live raptors in the store up close and personal
|The Pan Handler|
Featuring work from Free Ceramics, a family-run pottery studio in Helena where a team of ceramic artists work together to create whimsical pottery that will always bring a smile to your face. Refreshments served.
|Prickly Pear Quilts
Artist Lori Carey of Tall Poppy Studios displays art quilts, fiber mobiles and patterns. These designs exhibit a fun and whimsical style. Refreshments served. Live music and two drawings. 1. for a free Beginning Quilt Class and 2. for a free pattern
|The Base Camp|
Kevin League is a Helena based nature, wildlife and conservation photographer capturing Montana and the Western United States’ most beautiful, fleeting and fascinating moments. He will be presenting photographs of Helena and central Montana.
|The Myrna Loy|
Victor Daniel’s watercolor, oil and mixed media works on paper explore the connection between predator and prey, wild and domestic animals and their habitat, and humans and their environment. His work is as playful as it is provocative. Daniel’s exhibit “High on a Mountain” will be on display at the Myrna’s Jailhouse Gallery through December 14. Daniel is also the arts and ceramic teacher at Helena High.
Jeri Rittel, Helena artist and teacher, will show and sell her fabulous dichroic (fused-glass) earrings for one night only. Dichroic glass displays great depth, the rich colors changing slightly with the play of light. These glimmering earrings compliment any outfit and are perfect for the holidays. Refreshments served.
|The Vintage Station
Featuring the work of Helena-based photographer Conrad Flynn. His wife Allison Flynn will be exhibiting her unique handcrafted crocheted animals and also her line of jewelry. We will have refreshments and a drawing for a $25 gift certificate!
|The Romantic Cowgirl|
Featuring the whimsical fantasy erotica of Pixie Lewis. Refreshments served and a $25 gift certificate giveaway!
|Park Avenue Bakery|
Featuring handmade pottery by artists Tara Wilson and Christine Gronneberg. Refreshments served.
|Salon Off Broadway|
Local artist Kelly Anne Dalton (Dalton Abbey) shares her newest series of whimsical colored pencil illustrations and handcrafted jewelry. Refreshments served.
|North Last Chance Gulch|
|Big Dipper Ice Cream|
Custom pet portraits will be on display by artist Noelle Harper. She uses fine detail and acrylic paint to showcase her subjects. Also featuring photography by Melissa Burkhardt: “I enjoy exploring and photographing our wonderful backyard we call Montana. Along with taking snapshots of nature, I take pride in capturing people’s special moments, giving them photographic memories to last a lifetime.” Refreshments served.
|The Hawthorne Bottle Shop & Tasting Room|
The Hawthorne is proud to be a part of Downtown and offers a place for Art Walkers to meet!
|The Holiday Inn Downtown
Artist Dick Smith presents: Wildlife Beyond Belief
Featuring the work of ceramic artist Claire Hart and the felted works of the Tumar Art Group from Kyrgzstan. Refreshments served.
|Dancing Lotus Center|
The Helena cohort of the Montana Art Council's Artpreneur Program (MAP) is composed of nine artists from the Helena area who are creating sustainable businesses through their art. MAP helps sharpen their business skills under the guidance of their regional coach and the comprehensive course materials. The Helena group's coach is Meagan Thompson, owner of Pretty Light Images. Dancing Lotus will be featuring the work of Diane White, Trudy Skari, Karen DeHerman, Mary Jean Martin, Gail Moser, and Lisa Gibson.
Dancing Lotus Center will also be hosting Shanti Boutique. Shanti Boutique is a fair trade business committed to producing unique jewelry and accessories, positive for people and planet. We proudly donate a portion of our profits to the Tibetan Children's Education Foundation and are a member of the Fair Trade Federation. For the Art Walk this year at the Dancing Lotus Center, we will be selling sterling silver jewelry, Synergy organic yoga and dance clothes, silk and angora scarves plus a SALE rack with amazing deals.
|Imagine Jewelry Studio
Hailey Henrikson. 17, experiments in all mediums as her enthusiasm knows no bounds in drawing and painting. Her love of Montana wildlife and her inquisitive appreciation of other cultures is reflected in her creations.
Refreshments Served. Come make out your holiday wish list while you’re in!
|The Sapphire Bar|
Featuring the work of Sara Rivera, a portrait photographer who loves to captures the beauty and uniqueness of people and the world around us
|The New York Building|
Artist Jennifer L. Thompson displays an installation of natural materials, photographs and written word. With a poetry reading at 7pm. In the New York Building behind Ten Mile Brewery. Sponsored by Firetower Realty
|Placer Condo Association
Artist Larry Copenhaver specializes in fish & wildlife scenes using pen and ink, watercolor, and pastel. Also featuring the work of the Helena Woodworkers Guild
|Holter Museum of Art|
The HoHoHolter Bazaar kicks off the holidays with dozens of local artists that will have their booths set up throughout the Museum selling their handmade art works. Refreshments served.
|St Paul's United Methodist Church|
Andrea Atwood paints animal portraits on large leaves and sews dimensional fabric wall hangings for her gallery, “Atwood Arts.” She teaches landscape quilting classes in her studio. Wendy Stewart and Angie Bahnmiller are Helena residents who began making recycled jewelry and cards using spoons, old jewelry, beads, and scrabble tiles.
Tobie Liedes creates ceramic and cardboard coasters called “Mug Me Coasters.” Refreshments served.
|Prickly Pear Land Trust
Helena L. Rietz evokes memories of an older way of life through her vivid watercolors. Refreshments served. Come see the Prickly Pear Land Trust’s new location !
Featuring the work of Jamie Bates Stone, a resident at Studio 740 and a bartender at Gulch Distillers. Stop by to see her latest work and try a special cocktail by Gulch Distillers.
|300 Last Chance Gulch|
Featuring the work of Donna Gordon, an amateur photographer and artist specializing in layered glass painting. With an abstract approach to perspective art she seeks to engage and peak the viewer’s interest. Donna has traveled extensively, visiting all seven continents and living Italy for two years, though she calls Montana home. Through her art she seeks to share these feelings and experiences. She has made donations of her work to the Boise Idaho “Music for Meals” event in 2015 and the Little Children’s Home in Helena in 2016.
|The Lion's Lair|
TangoHelena will be dancing the tango on the Lion’s Lair patio (inside the lounge in case of bad weather). Students and instructors will be demonstrating their latest moves. Introductory lessons available. Come watch and learn! Martinis, cocktails and refreshments available at the Lion’s Lair.
|Montana Book & Toy Co
Featuring work from the Archie Bray Foundation and local author and musician Aaron Parrett signing copies of his new book, Montana Americana Music: Boot Stomping in Big Sky Country.
Skye Hatten showcases her inspiring and feel-good photography series “The Birchtree Project.” Ordinary people. Extraordinary bonds. Tied with simple stories of what matters most: connection, kindness, gratitude, grace, joy.
|Bert & Ernie's|
Featuring work by artists Tom Morgan & Jodi Moni
|Spruce Finer Consignor|
Featuring Susan K Adams Photography. A world traveler, light chaser, and portrait photographer, Susan seeks to capture the raw moments in Mother Natura and humankind. Refreshments served.
|Turman Larison Contemporary|
Jake Brodsky, Lindsey Meyers Carroll, Dough Turman, Tom Ferris, Amanda Jaffe, Mel Griffin, David Peters, and more. Celebrating 16 years in Downtown Helena with a lively group exhibition with works in a variety of media: ceramics, drawing, painting, photography, glass, and jewelry. The gallery will be open for Art Walk from 5 – 8 pm.
|Pure Hair Spa
Artist Kerry Robertson offers hand-crafted hard shell gourd baskets, bowls and vases. Also offering pendants, earrings and bracelets made with natural sea glass. Refreshments served.
Bill Ryder will be our Guest Artist featuring some of his amazing driftwood sculptures that are constructed from wood gathered in the wild places where beavers, woodpeckers, flowing water and wildfires sculpt the contours. Please join us!
David Goodson, a graphic designer, showcases his eclectic style inspired by the Montana outdoors and scenery.
Bri Shipman is a local Helena artist whose work encompasses Montana, vibrant colors, and positive movement. She is inspired by the beautiful surroundings of home, and combines her own vision of color and gratitude with Montana inspired elements. Her latest works are watercolor and ink nature scenes, highlighting the beautiful Big Sky of Montana.
To see more of her pieces, find her on Instagram, @rivers_daughter.
Poppyseed will also be celebrating their 3 year anniversary downtown with complimentary treats and hot chocolate!
FALL ART WALK Exclusives from Poppyseed will be on the Floor for a night of Amazing shopping!
Featuring more than 100 local artists in a show titled “This is Helena.” Including studio art center artists Carolyn Caldwell, Jay Crider and Judy Kline
| 6th Avenue |
Rick Clark utilizes spray paint on stretched canvas or household furniture to imagine intricate galaxies and colorful planets inspired by New York street artists. Refreshments served. Enjoy two dollar Lewis & Clark cans, small plate specials and live music by Cowboy Bob and Gypsy Dust from 7:30 – 11pm, no cover charge!
|Reach Higher Montana|
|400 Last Chance Gulch|
|Aunt Bonnie's Books|
Multimedia artist Louise Ogehmahgeshik Fischer will be showing free hand plasma cut metal, bringing new life to old metal from the gold mining era. Artist Kae Cheatham creates photo art and digital art employing unique techniques. Refreshments served.
Featuring student work from the University of Montana Helena College’s Interior Design Program and ceramics by the Clay Arts Guild. There will be a raffle hosted by the students and refreshments.
|Mountain Sage Gallery
Featuring work by twelve local artists. Mountain Sage Gallery is more than just another gallery – we are a family of local artists working together and creating community for a common goal. Refreshments served.
Melanie Laramore: semi-realist anime, realistic landscapes and abstract art along with etched glasswork. Taylor & Amanda Pirre: Fantasy traditional cartoons, family-friendly prints, stickers, buttons, and keychains. Vinessa Sanford: a 16 year old working with inks, prismacolors, graphite, watercolor, acryclic painting and sculpting. Each artist will have work on display, prints for sale and loads of inspiration to share! Refreshments served.
|The Herb & Garden|
Featuring the work of artist Page Kelly Piccolo: ceramic vessels featuring botanical drawings. Refreshments served.
|The Gold & Western Bars
|The General Mercantile|
Featuring the work of graphic artist Laura Nelson. Nelson has been doing graphic design for 14 years focusing on corporate and invitation design. Recently she began creating signs and artwork for her customer’s homes and businesses. It has become a great outlet to get a break from the day to do work in front of the computer. She has also started doing sign parties, which are a fun way to get together with friends and create a unique wooden signs with custom quotes/images.
|Federal Reserve Bank|
Karl Krieger is a life-long resident of Helena who specializes in photographing the wildlife and landscapes of the Northern Rocky Mountain region. All photos are taken in the wild with state-of-the-art Canon digital cameras and professional lenses. Karl is privileged to have been published by Montana Outdoors Magazine, Big Sky Journal, Outdoor Life, The Montana Wildlife Federation, The Yellowstone Association, and more. Refreshments served.
|Great Northern Town Center|
|Best Western Premier Hotel|
Artist Marcy Bergman displays her work featuring Montana wildlife. Refreshments served.
Artist Rhonda Addison creates one-of-a-kind inspirational sparkly embellished art. Her desire is that through her art, you will be encouraged and inspired. Refreshments served.
|ExplorationWorks Science Center
Featuring a variety of landscapes, wildlife, and portraiture by artists Dutch Bieber, Tory Stephens, Nancy Treib, Bing Crosby, Aaron Bartosik, and Mike Moller.
|The Great Northern Carousel|
Featuring work by the Art Center of Helena. The Art Center is a non-profit group of more than 50 Helena artists who meet regularly to paint and offer each other encouragement in artistic endeavors. Refreshments served.