A look at the last Big Sky Artisan Festival in 2019. PHOTO COURTESY BIG SKY ARTISAN FESTIVAL FB

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4th ever Big Sky Artisan Festival to be held on Saturday

Get ready to decorate your living room. Everything from jewelry, to textiles, to photographs will be sold on Saturday at The Big Sky Artisan Festival. The festival will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 3. The festival is an “open air market” for aspiring local artists to showcase and sell their work to members of the community. “It’s a really great way for artists to interact with each other and interact with the community,” Arts Council of Big Sky events coordinator China Reevers said.

This will be the first year that the Arts Council of Big Sky is responsible for the Artisan Festival. The Arts Council is incredibly excited to take on this event to try to help fulfill their mission of promoting all art. “Our purpose as the Arts Council is to promote all kinds of art, whether that’s our workshops or Music in the Mountains, we are always trying to promote artists, and I think that’s what this event does,” Reevers said.

In years past, the Artisan Festival has been put on by Kate Tompkinson, the owner of the Trove West in Big Sky. The festival has been held in the Big Sky Meadow Village, from 2017 through 2019. This year marks the time that the festival will be held in the Big Sky Town Center at the Fire Pit Park.

The festival will include around 30 different booths selling a wide variety of artwork. These artists will be flocking in from all over the state for this event. Including touted artists from Missoula, Helena and Three Forks. The majority of the artists however, will be from Gallatin County. This turnout is an effort to support artists in our community and the surrounding communities. “We are always looking to meet new artists and help the ones in our community,” Reevers said.

This festival will be a huge opportunity for aspiring artists in the community trying to make a name for themselves. Having the opportunity to meet with community members and discuss their artwork with them will be monumental. It is truly invaluable to be able to put a face with the product. “Being able to see people on that face to face level is big because sometimes you’re just seeing artwork in a gallery or a restaurant, so it’s really nice to be able to form a personal connection with an artist,” Reevers said.

Some of these artists are repeat partners with the Arts Council of Big Sky. A few of the artists have been involved in the Arts Council’s annual art auction every winter. Several of the artists have also put on educational workshops with the Arts Council this summer and years past. Artists such as Patrick McClellan, who recently led a plein air painting workshop for the Arts Council, will be attending the festival to sell their art, according to McClellan’s website.

These education events will continue to be put on throughout the summer by the Arts Council of Big Sky. These events will be spread out throughout the summer starting July 9 and ending September 18 according to the Arts Council of Big Sky’s website. If you are interested in learning more info about the events put on by the Arts Council, visit https://bigskyarts.org/ events/.

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