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Auction Art Catalog Now Available to View Online!

Jan 20, 2023

The 11th Annual Auction for the Arts Catalog is now LIVE on our Auction site.

View 100+ items from local, regional and national artists. Bidding will begin for Silent Auction Items at 9AM on Thursday, February 23rd.

Registering to bid on Silent Auction items is accessible to all - no ticket to the Auction event on March 2nd is required. For the Live Auction items, a ticket to the Auction is required otherwise you can request a proxy bidder.

David Mensing Offering Palette Knife Painting Weekend Workshop

Jan 10, 2023

Palette knife paintings can be extraordinarily deep and expressive. A fine painting done with a palette knife is rich and tactile and something like a two-dimensional sculpture. Unfortunately, palette knife painting can also be challenging. Many artists would go so far as to call it frustrating. If you have experienced some of the inevitable struggles of palette knife painting, this workshop is for you.

Join David Mensing for PALETTE KNIFE PAINTING DEEP-DIVE, an exciting and insightful crash-course in fine painting and fun with a palette knife. Look forward to concentrated instruction designed to encourage and inspire you in your work with a palette knife. Hosted by the Arts Council of Big Sky, the workshop will be held March 3-4 at the BASE art studio.

This course is intended for any artist that would like to dive into palette knife painting and grow in confidence in all aspects of the medium. Attention to certain key principles of palette knife painting can accelerate growth as an artist. Even modest growth in these areas can have a profound impact on overall quality of work. An artist of any skill level that is willing to delve into knife technique, strengths/limitations, and personal expression is poised to
make significant improvement in their work.

Throughout this workshop, expect to enjoy group instruction and demonstration with assigned exercises and ample group and individual critique. At the conclusion of the course, you will have new tools and a new outlook to take your paintings to the next level.

David Mensing’s paintings are featured in collections and exhibitions across the nation and around the globe. Numerous periodicals have featured his work with cover images and feature articles, including American Art Collector, Southwest Art and Western Art Collector. Recent national awards include Southwest Art’s ‘Award of Excellence’ in Icons of the West and Art and Soul: ‘Professional Juror / Best of Show.’ He lives in Sisters, Oregon.

MATERIALS ARE NOT PROVIDED FOR THIS CLASS. Participants must provide their own materials and supplies, see the list provided below.

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Save the Date: Music in the Mountains Kicks Off June 22

Jan 02, 2023

Mark your calendars for June 22, 2023! We'll kick off the 15th season of our Music in the Mountains free concert series in Len Hill Park in the Big Sky Town Center. For more than a decade, Music in the Mountains has been Montana’s finest free outdoor concert series, featuring the best up and coming touring musicians in the country as well as established, well-known artists. Our state-of-the-art venue provides the perfect backdrop for locals and visitors to come together and enjoy incredible live music under the Big Sky. These family-friendly concerts are held every Thursday from June-September starting at 6 p.m. (park opens at 6, music starts at 6:30 with an opening band), and the series also includes our annual July 4 concert and the Bravo! Big Sky Classical Music Festival.

We'll be announcing this summer's lineup at our annual launch party in early May...stay tuned for more information!

Annual Auction for the Arts Raises Funds for Education Programs

Dec 09, 2022

The Arts Council of Big Sky is hosting its 11th annual Auction for the Arts fundraiser on Thursday, March 2, 2023, at the Montage Resort in Big Sky. Tickets are now on sale and can be purchased by visiting bigskyarts.org. This year’s event is presented by Lone Mountain Land Company and Big Sky Real Estate.

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This year’s auction will many returning artists, including David Mensing, Carrie Wild, Kevin Red Star, Ryan Turner, Jake Mosher, Carlin Bear Don’t Walk, Lorri Lagerbloom, Diana Tremaine and many more. There are two components to the event—a silent auction with online bidding and a live auction with an auctioneer. The silent auction will feature paintings, pottery, photography, sculptures, jewelry and more, with prices that will allow everyone from the casual buyer to the discriminating collector to participate. The live auction includes one-of-kind pieces from some of the region’s most renowned artists, as well as some unique experience packages. There will also be several artists participating in a “quick-finish” on site and these pieces will also be auctioned off.

 Tickets include valet parking, entry into the auction, two drink tickets for beer/wine, plated appetizers, dessert, and the silent and live auctions. Proceeds from the auction allow the Arts Council to keep the arts alive and accessible to Big Sky residents and visitors. In addition, funds raised during a live auction paddle raise will directly support the Arts Council’s pioneering Contribute What You Can arts education program, which seeks to eliminate barriers for Big Sky residents to participate in community art classes.

Patrons can get a sneak preview of the auction artwork on Thursday, February 23, at a special free event at the Independent. The silent auction will open that morning at 9 a.m. Stay tuned for more details.

More information about the auction and a full schedule of events can be found online at bigskyarts.org. The Arts Council of Big Sky is a non-profit organization founded in 1988, whose mission is to enrich our community through artistic experiences. For questions about the auction, please call (406) 995-2742 or visit bigskyarts.org.

International Guitar Night Slated for February 7

Dec 09, 2022

Don't miss this annual event showcasing some of the world's finest acoustic guitar luminaries! This year's event will take place on Tuesday, February 7, at 7:30 p.m. Click here for tickets!

Each year, International Guitar Night’s founder Brian Gore invites a new cast of guitar luminaries from around the world for North American concert tours highlighting the diversity of the acoustic guitar. The 23rd Anniversary North American Tour of International Guitar Night features Finnish Guitarist Olli Soikelli, Soloist and Chamber Musician Stephanie Jones, Flamenco master Jesus Guerrero from Spain, and Canada’s traditional jazz guitarist and vocalist Jocelyn Gould.

Olli Soikkeli was born in Nurmes, Finland in 1991. Now based in New York City. He started playing guitar at age of 12. After a few years of playing Olli was introduced to the music of great Django Reinhardt and Gypsy Jazz has been Ollis’ main focus ever since. Soon Olli was playing in jazz clubs and festivals all around Finland. After touring all around Europe with musicians such as Paulus Schäfer and Arnoud Van Den Berg Olli decided to move to New York City in 2014. Olli has played legendary venues such as Birdland Jazz Club, Blue Note and the Lincoln Center.

Stephanie Jones is an active soloist and chamber musician who is currently based in Germany. She has recently finished her Masters and is currently studying a Konzertexamen in Classical Guitar Performance with Thomas Müller-Pering at the prestigious University of Music Franz Liszt.

Jesús Guerrero was born in 1985, in San Fernando (Cadiz), Spain. He started playing guitar at the age of eleven years under the tutelage of master teacher José Luis Balao. Jesus’ natural virtuosity with the instrument and his musical creativity have led him to be one of the most sought-after figures of the current flamenco scene, performing with his trio, in duet with his wife Alba Carmona, and assisting many of the great singers, including Nina Pastori and Miguel Poveda, with their records and live shows.

Jocelyn Gould is a Canadian jazz guitarist. Passionate about the tradition of jazz guitar, she cites Grant Green, Kenny Burrell, Wes Montgomery and Joe Pass as primary influences of the instrument. Originally from Winnipeg, Canada, Jocelyn holds a Bachelor of Jazz Studies from University of Manitoba and a Master of Music in Jazz Studies from Michigan State University.

Each musician performs individually, as well as in duos, trios, and the full quartet. The night promises to be the finest guitar playing on the planet.