In January 2012, Stumptown Art Studio launched a community art project, Windows on Whitefish (aka WOW). WOW consists of a series of large mosaic murals designed to represent the four seasons of Whitefish and the diversity that make it a truly vibrant and one of a kind community.
Two of four windows, Spring and Summer, are already in place on the south side of the Latitude 48 building, located on Second Street. The Fall window is near completion and will be unveiled in a special celebration later this summer.
Throughout the WOW project, artistic director Deb Stika has been teaching a series of classes that allows the public to learn the art of mosaic-making. So far the mosaic projects have included small window frames, fish, garden charms and custom signs.
After completing a “learning” class, participants are invited back to any of the free community workshops to assist with the large mosaic windows. Hundreds of people have contributed their artistry and labor to this public art project, which has also been generously supported by individual and business sponsors.
After the installation of the Fall window, mosaic-making workshops will resume for the months of September, October, November and December. This will be the last opportunity to be part of the WOW project and also create a one-of-a-kind mosaic piece.
Some of the personal mosaic pieces created in the classes will be on display at Stumptown Art Studio along with the work of artistic director Deb Stika, during the September 4 Whitefish Gallery Night from 6-9 p.m.
Stumptown Art Studio, a non-profit community art center, was established in Whitefish in 1995. It continues to serve the Flathead Valley and visitors to the area with art opportunities for all ages and art interests.
An art mobile, the “Van Gogh”, takes art around the Valley to those unable to visit the center and appears at many public events. Windows On Whitefish, is the latest of many public art projects facilitated by Stumptown Art Studio throughout the past 19 years.
The center is located in the heart of Whitefish at 145 Central Avenue. For more details on any of the many art activities please call 406.862.5929 or check the web site at www.stumptownartstudio.org.
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