Art for Everyone reception on Saturday, September 5. PHOTO COURTESY DONNA LAHUE

Art for Everyone’ a Resounding Success for Artists Collective

Over Labor Day weekend, the Artists Collective took over the third year of the Big Sky art event, “Art for Everyone,” and every one of the 11 participating artists sold their work, with almost all selling multiple pieces.

The Collective reported the show attracted some 250 people, both Big Sky locals and visitors from across the country. “We had very good attendance considering COVID, the fire in Bozeman and our first snow storm,” commented participating artist Georgia Baker.

The group sold almost 60 pieces of artwork. The highest selling piece was Clairvoyance, a 20 x 20 oil painting by Paul Brourman, which sold for $2500 (the ceiling price established by the show).

The event included a Saturday night reception attended by all available artists, which participant Donna LaHue called, “A great ending to a strong opening day!”

She also commented on the teamwork demonstrated by all the artists. “From day one, when the Collective came together to hang the show, we had amazing cooperation!”

Artist Annie McCoy, who did a painting demonstration on Sunday, also mentioned the hard work and collaboration associated with the event, expressing her thanks for newfound friendships and the level of participation.

“One of the goals of the Artists Collective is to connect local artists,” explains group coordinator and event chair Maggie Shane. “A lot of great relationships—both professional and personal--were cemented by this show. It also provided momentum toward one of our other objectives, to build a more vibrant visual arts community that celebrates local artists.”

The next big event on the Artists Collective calendar is the second annual Big Sky Holiday Studio Tour, scheduled for December 5 and 6, offering an opportunity for the public to meet local artists and experience where they work and create, their home and retail studios

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