Bitter Root Arts Guild, a Made in Montana member, will host its annual Art in the Park Show and Sale from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 9, at Darby’s Main City Park.
This is the second year the event has been held on the same day as the Twisted Nut Festival rodeo.
BRAG President Trish Becker said more than 1,500 people attended the art event last year.
“It was busy all the time,” she said. “We’re kind of going back to the rodeo and it’s going great. Last year people searched, shopped and visited. There is a lot of cowboy art and many other themes. It’s such a nice place and everyone has a summery attitude and is just happy.”
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She mentioned that there were plenty of places to eat in Darby, all within walking distance, while she waited for the rodeo to start.
“They can get a drink or there’s ice cream right across the street,” Becker said. “There’s Mr. T, 406, The Little Blue Joint. It’s nice and they all have a small town vibe. Plus there’s candy at the patisserie or huckleberry truffles at Wildflower Confection.”
Becker said, “All of the arts and crafts are handcrafted in the Bitterroot Valley by BRAG’s extremely talented guild members.”
“This is truly a unique showcase of the best artisans and crafters in the Bitterroot displaying and selling their work in one beautiful location,” Becker said. “Art in the Park features a lineup of 28 of the Bitterroot Valley’s most talented merchants who will have a full line of wonderful, wonderful items for your shopping pleasure.”
The park will be full of arts and crafts booths, but there will still be room to move, wander, and enjoy the show and sale.
BRAG members will participate in Arts in the Park. There will be original wildlife watercolor paintings and custom made pet ornaments by Wilderness Spirit Art Studio. Windblown Watercolors will display detailed paintings of flowers and birds along with notebooks. Happy Porcupine will have feather jewelry, medicine pouches and whimsical Twiggins. Wild Turkey Acres will have her signature aprons and gorgeous Montana silk wild rags and snow dyed shirts.
Little Tin Cup Farm will be there with sweet smelling goat milk soaps and skin softening lotions. Beadnicks and Puppet Pandemonium will sell whimsical dolls, all with unique personalities, as well as jewelry. The aging rockaholic will have whimsical mosaic coasters of fused glass, brass and stone. Dream in Color Gallery will offer lifelike custom animal portraits and steel paintings.
Mark’s woodworking LLC will be there with beautiful wood cutting boards and sausages, tables and other wood items. Hidden Treasures will have their wonderful handmade gift boxes to wrap all your treasures. Bitterroot Leather will offer beautiful handmade leather bags and accessories. Decorative painted galvanized steel and mailboxes will be available from Cindi Jo Creations. Gingham Unicorn will offer oil paintings and clocks as well as home decor. Designs Judy’s Way will have photo cards, jewelry and hats. Friendship Products will be offering delightful baked goods and notebooks.
Delights for the Soul and Spirit offers Bijouterie jewelry made with natural stones and precious stones. Allison from Classy Cowgirls by Nature will be offering her famous jams and jellies along with handmade jewelry from gemstones found in Montana. Love the Colors will have great stained glass windows. True North Focus will feature special jewelery created from fine stones and precious stones. Carolyn’s Country Creations will have hot pads, cozy clothes and one-of-a-kind clothing. Textures and tones using acrylics and mixed media will be featured in Melody Lindsay Art.
Capturing His Creations features stunning wildlife and landscape photography. Old Barn Studios will have gorgeous fine art and fiber art. Pine and Sage Candles will feature hand poured small batch candles. Linda Wallace Embroidery will have custom embroidered towels and hand knitted blankets. Weave will have unique one-of-a-kind macrame jewelry. Big Sky Boho with Sola features wooden flower arrangements and ready-to-take orders for a wedding, shower or special gathering for a lasting memory.
The Bitter Root Arts Guild was established in 1970 as “a collaboration of creative individuals in the beautiful Bitterroot Valley of western Montana.” According to their website, their goal is to “provide a nurturing and inspiring environment for our members and the community at large by representing our members through education and events.”
BRAG currently has 72 members.
“We’re growing by leaps and bounds,” Becker said. “Trinity Gibson is our vice president and president of training.”
The Bitter Root Arts Guild has additional performances planned this year, including the Annual Holiday Show and Sale, from 11 am to 4 pm on Friday, November 5, and from 9 am to 4 pm on Saturday, November 6, in the Event Building at the Fairgrounds Ravalli District.
“It’s going to be exciting,” Becker said. “Art in the park is so much fun to do.”