NPR buzzing in the background, Big Sky artist Brett Ozment describes some of his work. The wooden bow tie in his hand includes an image he took off the old Big Sky Resort Challenger Lift on a white-out day (see the chairs?). He hopes the bow ties will hit the Montana wedding scene soon. “I wear one at the farmers market, and any time I go to a wedding I’m always sporting one,” Ozment said.

Found while fishing

Big Sky artist Brett Ozment started his creative career far from Montana in an off-the-grid cabin located deep in the woods of the Ozark region of south-central Missouri. It’s a land of spring-fed rivers, black bears, turtles and ticks.

Bozeman-based Kitchen Dwellers come to Big Sky on the first day of summer to kick off the annual Arts Council of Big Sky Music in the Mountains Thursday night series. The band’s signature approach to traditional music has been dubbed “Galaxy Grass.” Formed while attending Montana State University, the group has burst onto the bluegrass scene sharing the stage with acts such as Railroad Earth, Greensky Bluegrass, The Infamous Stringdusters and Twiddle.

You can dwell on it

Lone Peak Lookout: We checked out your tour schedule and it looks like you guys will be busy this summer, from Wisconsin to Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Nevada and so on. What are some of the locales you’re most looking forward to performing at?

Gale Anne Hurd stumbled upon the work of Bozeman artist Ben Pease while perusing an art gallery in Town Center. Pease created the poster for Hurd’s documentary, “Mankiller,” which recounts the life of the Cherokee Nation’s first female leader. The film will be screeened Saturday, June 9. Individual tickets can be found here: 


Hollywood producer Gale Anne Hurd had some time to kill in Big Sky while she waited for her ride to the airport to arrive.

Seeing green

There are, presumably, lots of secrets in Big Sky as in any small town. But one well-kept secret keeps local kids guessing all winter long: The title of the Big Sky Broadway musical that will be performed in June.

“Melting Snow ‘Round the Creek.”

Express yourself

Twenty-two-year-old Matilda “Silly” Tilly Mattox was enjoying a sunny off-season afternoon, taking advantage of the free time to catch up on one of her favorite activities: painting. She said it’s a form of expression akin to journaling for her, a pastime she also partakes in. But with art, her words take a visual form. 

Great Scott!

Many are familiar with the classic F. Scott Fitzgerald novel detailing the tumultuous Jay Gatsby, a self-made millionaire who passionately pursues an elusive married woman, drawing an outsider into their world of obsession, greed and danger.


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