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Old 09-22-2011, 03:07 PM
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I am thinking that we might move to Montana... My girlfriend is thinking of going to graduate school at Montana State. My brother already lives in Bozeman but might move to Missoula.

I am an artist, so I was wondering if there are any resources for artists in Montana. We might be moving to Bozeman. Will I be completely isolated from a community of artists if we move?
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Old 09-22-2011, 03:28 PM
Location: Spots Wyoming
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What type of Artist are you? What I mean is, if you do landscape, scenery, animals (wild), lakes, streams, etc... You will have NO END of places and things to do in Western Montana. There are a lot of tourist type shops that sell art, like that, in the Mountains. Ski lodges, shops along the road or in small towns, large shops in Billings, and I would imagine in Bozeman and Missoula areas. Somebody from that area would have to comment.

But you are talking about one of the most beautiful places on earth. To take advantage of that area would be outstanding. Specially if paintings or drawings are very life like.
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Old 09-22-2011, 04:09 PM
Location: Bozeman, Montana
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Sign up for the email newsletter and the print "State of the Arts" newspaper from the Montana Arts Council. It will keep you informed on what is happening in the arts in Montana.

Welcome to the Montana Arts Council's Web Site

There is an Art Walk for the galleries in the summer downtown in many Montana towns, including Bozeman. Because of MSU, there are guest lectures on campus and work not only in commercial galleries in town, but also in a gallery on the second level of the Museum of the Rockies.

Livingston, just over the Bozeman pass, has a very active community of artists, too.
See Livingston Art Gallery, Montana Arts Organization

The world renowned Archie Bray Foundation for ceramics is located in Helena.
Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts

Thomas Nygard has a gallery in Bozeman that specializes in 19th and 20th C work.
Welcome to the Thomas Nygard Gallery

The Emerson Cultural Center is an old school building near downtown converted to artist studios, galleries. If you are looking for studio space, check out the Emerson.
the Emerson Center for the Arts & Culture - Bozeman, Montana

My degree is in Fine Art from Montana State (1974).
I'm a painter and illustrator.
I'm sending you a personal message.

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Old 09-22-2011, 06:39 PM
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Heck no! Livingston (1/2 hour from Bozo) has a large artist community, especially out in the Paradise Valley. Bozo has quite the large art community also.
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Old 09-23-2011, 02:06 PM
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One of my favorite galleries is Montana Trails in Bozeman:
Montana Trails Gallery in Bozeman, MT

Every year in September, actually this weekend, Kallie Thurman's gallery in Hope, ID (about 15 miles from the MT border on Highway 200) has its annual Plein Air Paint-Out:
Sept. 23-25: The 4th Annual Scotchman Peaks Plein Air Paint Out | Scotchman Peaks Wilderness

It attracks artists from all over the NW, including MT artists. It's only about a 2 1/2 hour drive from Missoula, along the beautiful Clark Fork River!
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