Upper Swan Valley Historical Society

2018 Tour of the Arts Highlights

Alpine Artisans' Tour of the Arts
October 13th - 14th, 2018

2018 Tour of the Arts Map

Tour unfolds variety of artistry
​Seeley Swan Pathfinder
October 18, 2018

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Credits: Video by Alan Newell; Photos by Anne Dahl

For additional information visit www.alpineartisans.org/tourofthearts/

Guest artists at Swan Valley Museum during the October Tour Weekend

Tour of the Arts

The 2018 Alpine Artisans’ annual Tour of the Arts invites you to take a tour of local artists at work on Saturday and Sunday, October 13th and 14th,10am to 5pm. This popular self-guided tour has expanded to feature the work of over 30 artists in seven artist studios, three galleries, two historical museums in Seeley Lake, Condon, Lincoln and Ovando. The tour is held annually in mid-October to feature the natural beauty of the Western Tamaracks as they turn a bright yellow and orange, highlighting the incredible natural beauty of the Seeley, Swan and Blackfoot Valleys.  Fourteen of the Tour Artists are showcased at the Artists Shop in Missoula the month of September. 

The Tour of the Arts is an opportunity to visit the artists in their studios and see them immersed in their passion. Visitors will be welcomed into their artist lifestyle, learn firsthand about their art and hear their stories of creation.  The tour is continuing our collaboration with two local historical museums featuring 8 of the artists:  Condon's Upper Swan Valley Historical Museum and Ovando's Brand Bar Museum.  Each museum is housed in a fascinating historical building, and visitors will enjoy absorbing the local lore and old stories side-by-side with experiencing these artists' techniques and perspectives.   
New to the tour this year is one Seeley Lake and three Swan Valley Studios:Juan's Photography studio, a fine art landscape and portrait photo studio in Seeley Lake, and in Condon, Roger Watson's Swan Valley Copper featuring glass enameling on copper, Thomas Michael's oil landscape studio - Swan River Art, Angelo Pecora's Sore Saddle Holster & Saddle Co. featuring an old-time working saddle shop.  The Lincoln Art Haus Coop, a new artists' cooperative in Lincoln, Montana is participating again this year featuring  seven artists showing mixed media, weaving, wood sculpture, jewelry watercolor and oils. 

The Tour also offers two free movie nights showing the Sundance hit feature film Walking Out made by Montana filmmakers Alex and Andrew Smith. Film showings will be Friday, 7 pm at the Lincoln Community Hall and Saturday, 7 pm at the Seeley Lake Community Hall. 

Tour maps are available in Seeley Lake at the Grizzly Claw Trading Post, in Condon at the Mission Mountain Mercantile, in Ovando at the Stray Bullet Cafe and at participating galleries and museums (or see below).  For further information contact: Jenny Rohrer at 406-754-0034 or jenny@alpineartisans.org.