Three Montana artists – photographer Mandy Mohler, jewelry maker Erin Hawley, and filmmaker Jeri Rafter – spent a week living in the wilderness around Mystic Lake, the deepest lake in the Beartooth Mountains. The result of their wilderness residency is the newest exhibition at the Bigfork Art and Cultural Center, Campfire Stories.
From Mohler’s innovative taxonomic portraiture to Hawley’s handcrafted stone-and-silver jewelry to Rafter’s documentary-style exploration of Native American adoptees, each artist’s work exists in conversation with the others’ while simultaneously presenting unique perspectives on what it means to be a Montanan and what it feels like to live in and be a part of nature.
The exhibit’s opening reception is on June 30 from 5-7 p.m. You will have a chance to meet the artists while enjoying campfire snacks and a beer tasting courtesy of Flathead Lake Brewing Company. Attendees are also encouraged to share their own camping or wilderness experiences via a written story or a drawn image.
The exhibit runs through July 22. For more information, visit www.bigforkculture.org or call (406) 837-6927.