Whitefish’s Winter Carnival Art Walk

By Beacon Staff

It’s that time of year again: Whitefish’s wacky Winter Carnival is almost here. And for the 22nd year, downtown businesses are featuring local artists’ work for two weeks in conjunction with the event. ArtWalk 2009 begins with an opening reception on Jan. 31.

This from a press release from Stumptown Art Studio:

Guided tours of the ArtWalk are from 5-6 p.m. Saturday and again from 7-8 p.m. Those wishing to join a guided tour on opening night should meet at Stumptown Art Studio at 5 p.m. Come meet many of the artists at the reception afterward from 6-8 p.m. at 145 Central Avenue in Whitefish.

This year’s ArtWalk will be on display during Winter Carnival weekend Feb. 6-8, then on through Feb. 14. Maps are available at over 25 participating downtown merchants to guide viewers on this outdoor walking tour of art. The artwork being shown includes watercolors, oil & acrylic paintings, drawings, stained glass, encaustic, photography, pottery, metalwork, stonework, jewelry and more.

Artists of the Flathead Valley that take part in this exhibition are showing original work, most of which is for sale. ArtWalk gives the public an opportunity to see the quality and diversity of art produced locally. Some of the artists are established regionally and nationally, while some are “emerging” and others may be your neighbors. Every year, the Toggery window features work by Whitefish High School art students.

The Stumptown Art Studio window will feature the book and artwork from Rocky Mountain Snow Ghosts. Local author Patti Hirst will be at the opening reception to sign copies of the book. Original illustrations by Abigail Folk will be displayed.

Proceeds from ArtWalk go towards the art scholarship programs provided through Stumptown Art Studio. Stumptown Art Studio is a non-profit community art center that makes art accessible to all in many different ways and promotes the importance of art in our lives. This is the sixth year that ArtWalk is being coordinated by Stumptown Art Studio. For more information please call (406) 862-5929.

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