Visual Arts events

Art on the Walls

What is this event?

“Art on the Walls” is a quarterly visual arts exhibition/sale for artists in Sanders County. It is held in the main hallway of Clark Fork Valley Hospital in Plains. Although each quarterly exhibit is open for viewing for approximately three months, the arts council and CFVH host an opening reception each quarter when the exhibit changes. The reception is a time for the public to see the new show, meet the artists, see the work of the invited reception-only three-dimensional artist, and hear a featured performing artist(s).

In addition to the opportunity to see the work of the talented artists of the county, during the three-month exhibit the public is encouraged to cast a vote for their favorite piece of art; votes are tabulated at the end of each quarter and the artwork chosen is featured on the program cover for the next quarter.

What is the “backstory” for this event?

Founder Gayle Keeney had been in the hospital with pneumonia and was walking the halls to build up her strength to go home. She wondered why no art was on display in that long hallway. A small inner voice said, “Gayle, why don’t you do something about that!” She made a plan, drew up the papers, presented it to the hospital and the initial show was hung in October, 2007.

For three of the quarterly shows from 10 to 15 adult artists submit work, resulting in a show with as many as 50 artworks, incorporating paintings, photography, collage, mixed media, and more; for the student exhibit, the first quarter of each year, from 130 to 160 students submit work, resulting in as many as 200 to 300 artworks that span a wide variety of media.

When is the next event?

The first quarterly show of each year is set aside to feature art of Sanders County students in grades K-12 in public, private, and home schools. The other three quarterly shows are for Sanders County adult artists.  For application and exhibit dates, contact Joy Nelson at 826-8585.

What are the parameters for participating?

For visual artists:

  • This is a juried show to insure quality, but we welcome amateur as well as professional artists

  • All art work must be original, not created in “mass form” or done through commercial means or patterns. We do accept fine photography.

  • Artists must live in Sanders County. The second, third and fourth quarterly shows are for artists age 18 and up.

  • There is no entry fee. If work sells, a commission is held out to cover expenses incurred by the arts council and the hospital.

We e-mail/mail applications to our contact list about 6 weeks prior to the opening of the quarterly show. To receive an application, e-mail jnelson@montana.com or call 826-8585.

 

For performing artists who will perform during the opening reception:

  • Performing artists are scheduled so they have an optimum amount of time to perform.

  • Promotional materials include the artist(s) name, and performing name, if applicable. How do I participate?

Interested performing artists may use the contact function on the Sanders County Arts Council website to express interest or the information above. 

 
 

Art Out and About

What is this event?

“Art Out and About” is designed to develop an appreciation and interest in fine art throughout Sanders County by displaying artworks in businesses, libraries, and other places visited by the public. “Featured Artists” are named on a sign and their work is hung in the space made available by the owner, manager, or other person responsible for the space. Work is generally changed every quarter and decisions on what work is displayed is based on conversations between the Sanders County Arts Council Visual Arts representative and the location. 

What is the “backstory” for this event?

“Art Out and About” is an extension and expansion of “Art on the Walls” at the Clark Fork Valley Hospital. While many people see the artwork at the hospital, the Arts Council often heard from a variety of people that they did not go there and thus did not see the work. So the visual artists determined that having artwork in other places visited by the public would be a welcome addition by: (a) enhancing the attractiveness of businesses and other locations, and (b) featuring the work of each participating artist as a solo mini-exhibit.

Participating spaces include the Plains Library, First Security Banks in Plains and Thompson Falls, The Plains Drug Store, and others. Ten locations are currently participating. 

When is the next event?

The artwork in various locations in Sanders County generally changes on a quarterly basis.  

What are the parameters for participating?

Artists must reside in Sanders County in order to participate. Artwork must be suitable for all ages and ready for hanging. Artists must agree to leave their work at the designated location until notified that the exhibit is changing.

Artists may sell their work, but each transaction is handled directly between the artist and purchaser; no commission is involved but the artist is responsible for working with the Art Out and About coordinator and/or the location to remove the sold work and replace it with another piece of art. 

How do I participate?

Businesses and artists desiring more information or desiring to participate may contact: Karen Thorson 826-0500. 

 

Artists In Paradise

What is this event?

“Artists in Paradise” is an annual visual arts exhibition/sale and a performing arts venue for artists in Sanders County. It is held in July at The Paradise Center (formerly the Paradise Elementary School) in Paradise, Montana.

Daily, the exhibit is open from 10:00 AM until 4:00 PM. Often, on Friday, artists have an evening showing.

“Artists in Paradise” also involves raising funds to support The Paradise Center. Funds come through visitor donations and a raffle for an original item by each participating artist. 

What is the “backstory” for this event?

Because opportunities are limited for Sanders County visual and performing artists, “Artists in Paradise” was initiated in 2014. Annually the three-day event involves 14-15 visual artists and 11-13 performing artists; it draws more than 300 visitors each year.  

When is the next event?

“Artists in Paradise” 2020 is scheduled for July 16, 17, and 18. 

What are the parameters for participating?

Visual artists must reside in Sanders County in order to participate. Artwork must be suitable for all ages and ready for hanging. Artists are expected to prepare their assigned exhibit space on the day designated for set-up and to be on-site during exhibit hours.

Artists may simply exhibit or sell their work.  Sales are managed through a shared cashier so patrons may use cash, check, or credit card for their purchase. The shared cashier enables artists to focus on interacting with visitors.

Visual and performing artists participating in this event are promoted through a brochure, posters, Facebook, and the Sanders County Arts Council’s website.

For visual artists:

  • This is a juried show; if not previously “juried in,” visual artists must submit an application accompanied with at least two photos showing the quality of their work for the jury.

  • All art work must be original, not created in “mass form” or done through commercial means or patterns. Participating artists may also have cards or prints of their original work.

  • Each visual artist is expected to donate a small piece of artwork for a raffle that benefits The Paradise Center.

  • Promotional materials include the artist name, business (if applicable), contact information, and artistic mediums.

For performing artists:

  • This event is by invitation only.

  • Performing artists are scheduled so they have an optimum amount of time to perform.

  • Promotional materials include the artist(s) name, performing name, and time for appearance. 

How do I participate?

 

For visual artists:

  • Promotional information, materials, and an application form will be available in March each year. Information is emailed to the visual artists list of more than 80 artists and/or interested artists may request information through the contact function on the Sanders County Arts Council website.

  • Because visual artists have their work on display for three days, and much of it is for sale, their registration fee is $35 for the three-day event.

For performing artists:

  • Interested performing artists may use the contact function on the Sanders County Arts Council website to express interest.

  • Because performing artists provide for a limited time, and are enhancing the event at no charge, there is no cost to participate.

2017 Calendar Artists 


The Printery in Plains creates a calendar annually for its patrons. In 2017, owner Randy Garrison, offered to feature some of the artists from “Artists in Paradise.” Here are the featured artists.

 

School & Studio Visits

What is this event?

Sanders County visual artists are available and willing to share their work, discuss their mediums, and educate others about the visual arts. They will provide demonstrations in schools and to open their studios to students and the public on a scheduled basis.

 

For studio visits, artists will advertise dates here.  Studios will be open on scheduled dates at designated times.

For classroom demonstrations, teachers must request an artist by name or medium.  Teachers may send a message via this website and a member of the Visual Arts Subcommittee will communicate with potential artists and the interested teacher.

What is the “backstory” for this event?

 

Because the visual arts take so many forms and span so many genres, many visual artists have visited one another’s studios to learn about the creativity and the techniques used by other artists. These visits led to discussions about having annual studio tours, artists-visiting-artists as well as student visits and open studio days.

When is the next event?

Studio visits are scheduled at different times of the year and are based on the specific artists available at a given time.  Dates that are for studio visits will be posted here when scheduled.

 

Classroom demonstrations and discussions are scheduled when requested by Sanders County teachers. Requests may be made through this website.

What are the parameters for participating?

A visual artist interested in visiting schools and/or participating in open studio events should ensure:

  • Their artwork is suitable for all audiences

  • The medium is does not pose a serious danger to students or visitors

How do I participate?

If you are interested in joining the list of visual artists who are available for studio visits and classroom demonstrations, send a message via this website by selecting "Contact Us" tab in the menu.

 

Art Classes &

Group Painting

What is this event?

The Visual Arts Subcommittee offers classes in a variety of mediums for active artists as well a those who are beginning to explore their creativity.

 

In addition, some artists gather on the first and third Mondays of each month at The Paradise Center to paint together.

What is the “backstory” for this event?

For practicing artists -- Because the visual arts take so many forms and span so many genres, many visual artists are interested in both furthering their knowledge in a particular medium and/or in learning about other, less familiar ways to express their creativity.  The Visual Arts Subcommittee began offering classes in 2013.

 

For beginners – Many people have expressed an interest in learning more about drawing, painting, and other forms of visual arts. The Visual Arts Subcommittee conducted a survey of visual artists in 2017 to determine which artists are interested in teaching and what type of class they envision. 

When is the next event?

Classes – Classes are announced on a regular basis and are posted on this website. Registration fees vary depending on the type and the length of the class.  Classes titled “for beginners” or "Introduction to..."include all materials. Classes for practicing artists will indicate what materials are provided and what the artists are expected to bring.

 

  • Classes are open to participants 16 years of age and over.

  • Minimum number of participants for all classes is 5 – maximum is 12.

  • All classes are at The Paradise Center (formerly the Paradise School), Paradise, Montana.

  • Classrooms are upstairs in the main school building, so participants will need to be able to climb stairs.

  • For classes 10 AM – 3 PM, bring your lunch.

 

Registration

  • Pre-registration is required for participation.

  • Sign up              or call 847-5598.

  • Registration deadline is three days prior to class date.

  • Mail your registration fee to: SCAC, PO Box 397, Plains, MT  59859

  • The registration fee for some classes includes all necessary materials.

  • A portion of all registration fees supports operation of The Paradise Center.