Volunteers with strong lungs helped inflate 1,000 balloons to decorate Moonlight Lodge during the Sixth Annual Arts Council Auction for the Arts held Marc  22. The bright, eye-catching design was envisioned by ACBS long-time volunteer Tallie Lancey.


Celebrating the Big Sky arts scene with Tallie Lancey

For Big Sky Sotheby’s International Broker Tallie Lancey, there’s always a way to shave out some time to give back to the community. Most recently she helped out with the Arts Council of Big Sky’s annual Auction for the Arts, envisioning and bringing the colorful decorations for the event to life.

     Lancey started volunteering for the ACBS nearly a decade ago. She started as secretary for the ACBS board of directors and soon moved up as chair of the board, a position she held for a number of years before passing the torch. During that time the organization’s annual auction was founded.

     She stepped down from the ACBS board of directors due to term limits, but that wasn’t the end of her involvement. 

     “I didn’t want to leave them hanging,” Lancey said. “I feel like the arts council is my family.”

     She’s currently on several of the ACBS’ committees, most recently providing her assistance on the art auction committee, in charge of decorations. It was a task she took on for the first time last year, and one she said she enjoyed more than she could have imagined. This year, within three hours, she and a group of volunteers inflated 1,000 blue and orange balloons that were hung around the Moonlight Lodge.

    “I wanted to convey to patrons, when they walked in the doors, that this is Big Sky’s art organization, and that this is unlike any other fundraiser in town,” Lancey said. “The idea was to show them we are a truly creative organization, and to get attendees and artists’ creative juices flowing as they walked into the lodge.”

     Lancey said she sees the auction as a celebration of the arts in the Big Sky community. “It shows how the arts scene really is thriving here, and it’s a celebration of that success,” she said.

     As if brokering for Sotheby’s and volunteering for ACBS didn’t keep her busy enough, Lancey also lends a hand on boards for the Warren Miller Performing Arts Center and Big Sky Community Organization, and she serves on the South Fork Architectural Review Committee. You will also find her hosting the Resort Tax and School Board Candidate Forum on April 2 as part of her role with the Big Sky Top Shelf Toastmasters.

     “I just care so much about Big Sky that I can’t seem to help myself when I see a need in the community,” she said, noting that if it weren’t for volunteers, Big Sky wouldn’t be able to thrive the way it has. “One of the greatest things about Big Sky is how engaged its members are."                                      


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