Most of us who have spent some time in the mountains know the amazing splendor of a great alpenglow. An experience that comes to mind for me was while snowboarding through knee deep powder, at what felt like 140 mph, with my hair on fire. At that moment I was so exhilarated.
It is clear that to Brett Ozment art is freedom and freedom is art. He left the familiarity of his Missouri home with long nights spent fishing on the Jacks Fork River and moved to Montana over a decade ago to chase the powder and carve into slopes. Fishing had been his only artform – he’d skip high school classes to cast a line.
It’s easy to recognize that Brian Stumpf hit local celebrity status ages ago. He handed out more high-fives in a 10-minute timeframe before his recent après ski gig at Scissorbills Saloon than most people get to in a year. He’s nonchalant when called out on it.
Mike Haring stuffed $600 in his pocket and bought a one-way ticket to Europe when he was 21 years old. He stayed for 13 months – surviving by playing music on the streets.
“This was 1985,” he explained. “There were no cell phones; no credit cards.”
Local artist James Clark intends to traverse the United States not by plane, train, automobile, horse or bicycle. He's traveling via his own two feet – and considers every step a movement toward healing.
Before local photographer Dave Pecunies began snapping photos professionally, he found himself on the flip side of the photo.
The mysterious white flags showed up on the Thursday before the Mountain Film Festival came to town. Fluttering in the wind, the simple works of Big Sky-style public art have slowly been catching folks’ eyes as they look east from the Town Center toward the Hummocks and Uplands trails.
The Arts Council of Big Sky is hosting its final weekend artist workshop of the year Oct. 5-7, featuring well-known painter Whitney Michelle Hall in a class titled “Drawing for Painting.”
Steve Nordahl, owner of Lone Peak Brewing and Taphouse, started bringing in comedy shows two and a half years ago. He described the inception as a bit of a selfish desire; he likes going to comedy clubs on vacations, and wanted to bring that type of entertainment to Big Sky.
IndepenDANCE, a community-based, collaborative dance project with participants in Big Sky, is celebrating its tenth running performance on Sept. 8 at the Ellen Theatre in Bozeman with shows at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.