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  • Sculpture in the wild marks 10th season with more space, new works and familiar faces.

    Roger Dey, BVD|Updated Oct 10, 2023

    Blackfoot Pathways: Sculpture in the Wild marked their 10th season last month with the return of some familiar faces who created two new installations in a 15-acre expansion to the sculpture park. “Two new installations will bring our total for art installations in the park to 24,” BPSW President Becky Garland told the dozens of visitors who showed up Sept. 23, for the new sculpture launch. “The other thing we’re really really happy about is that we just signed on with th...

  • Photos: Sculpture in the Wild 2023

    Roger Dey|Updated Oct 10, 2023

    Work at Sculpteuin the wild during the 2023 Artist in Residence....

  • Annual 2-day Tour of the Arts begins October 14.

    News Release, Alpine Artisans|Updated Oct 10, 2023

    Tour some of western Montana's most amazing artist studios while driving through the explosive fall color of our region's Tamaracks during the 22nd annual Tour of the Arts. Alpine Artisans offers this self-guided artist studio tour on October 14-15. Saturday hours are 10-5 pm, and Sunday from noon to 5 pm. This free tour stretches from Condon through Seeley Lake to Ovando and Lincoln, Montana. The tour features 10 studios and galleries and over 20 artists showing and...

  • Sculpture in the Wild to mark 10th season of new installations

    News Release, Blackfoot Pathways Sculpture in the Wild|Updated May 30, 2023

    LINCOLN, MONT. – This summer marks the 10th season of Lincoln's award-winning sculpture park Blackfoot Pathways: Sculpture in the Wild. BPSW celebrates the rich cultural, environmental, and industrial heritage of the Blackfoot Valley. The 26-acre park hosts 18 art installations by artists from Germany, Norway, Finland, Ireland, Great Britain, Denmark, the USA, and the Northern Cheyenne nation. Celebratory events will be happening throughout the summer. Below are some h... Full story

  • Fresh Art

    Roger Dey, BVD|Updated Oct 14, 2022

    It took a little longer than originally planned, but Blackfoot Pathways: Sculpture in the Wild saw the completion of two fresh installations during the first week of October. Northern Cheyenne artist Bently Spang put the finishing touches on his new piece, a collection of 30 interconnected lodgepole tripods, during the last week of September. "It just was quite an experience," he said Oct.6, when he returned to talk about his piece with Julia and Shanenon Starrett for a video...

  • New Work in Progress at Sculpture in the Wild: Wooden disks and dancing trees

    Roger Dey, BVD|Updated Sep 21, 2022

    Artist Stuart Frost returned to Blackfoot Pathways: Sculpture in the Wild this year to create a second installation for Lincoln's sculpture park. Frost, whose known for his wood creations featuring repeating forms and patterns, first came to Lincoln in 2019 to create "A Place is a Place is a Place," the cabin-shaped piece composed of slabs of wood cut in the pattern of a historic cross-cut saw. He planned to come back to Montana in 2020 with his wife, who had a residency...

  • Tour of the Arts returns to the Seeley-Swan and Blackfoot Valleys

    News Release, Tour of the Arts|Updated Sep 21, 2022

    Alpine Artisans' exciting Tour of the Arts returns for its 19th year on October 8-9, once again offering a feast for the eyes. Driving this free, self-guided tour takes you through miles of Tamaracks in full color to enjoy the latest work created by local artists in the Seeley-Swan and Blackfoot Valleys., If you've been on the Tour of the Arts in prior years, you know that there is always new work to enjoy. New sites this year include Obsession Pottery in Seeley Lake, four...

  • Visual Thinking with BPSW Education Program

    Roger Dey, BVD|Updated Sep 21, 2022

    "This is my first time doing this," Said Allyssa Roggow, who was leading Lincoln grade-schoolers to various sculptures as part of the Blackfoot Pathways: Sculpture in the Wild education program . "I'm a musician based in Great Falls, but I've done some things with visual thinking strategies, which is a way of engaging with art that was developed at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City." Roggow said visual thinking strategies is learner centered. Kids take a minute to...

  • New Work in Progress at Sculpture in the Wild: Bently Spang explores native presence

    Roger Dey, BVD|Updated Sep 21, 2022

    When visitors arrive at Blackfoot Pathways: Sculpture in the Wild, the installation they are likely to see first is a cluster of lodgepole tripods created by Northern Cheyenne artist Bently Spang. "There will be at least 25 forms brought together to call attention to the number of peoples that are still here," he said. "Rather than seeing us in the past, it's symbolic of setting up a lodge, the beginning of setting up a lodge. It's kind of saying we're still here; we're still...

  • Book Review: ...And That's All I Know: The collected columns of Dick Geary 2013-2020

    John Langstaff|Updated Aug 31, 2022

    What does a cowboy think? How does he describe his world? I have always wondered about the who, what, where and why of cowboys, and now I've found an answer. My muse is (was) Richard Geary. His world could be explained by some of his definitions: "Calf: 80 pounds of hope when born; 500 pounds of disappointment when sold." Or, "ATV: a small four-wheeled vehicle used to rush from one hopeless situation to another hopeless situation." (What Ranchers Mean). His authentic rendering...

  • Christmas Stroll is coming to Lincoln

    Tammy Jordan|Updated Aug 31, 2022

    Christmas will be here before we know it. Luckily for locals and those coming to visit during the holidays, especially during the weekend of Dec. 4, there will be lots of festivities for everyone during Lincoln's annual Christmas Stroll. The goal of the Christmas Stroll is to bring people to town to get into the holiday spirit, shop, visit attractions, eat, drink and enjoy everything Lincoln has to offer during the holidays. Folks can start or end their day with a wagon ride...

  • Return of the Old West Christmas Fest

    Roger Dey, BVD|Updated Aug 31, 2022

    It might not have been cold and snowy in Ovando last Friday, but Christmas was in the air as the Old West Christmas Fest brought scores of people to town. As with so, so many events in 2020, concerns about the lingering COVID-19 pandemic prompted organizers to scrap the annual festival last year, with hopes for better luck in 2021. And better luck they had, despite some scaling back. "My big thing is I want to make sure everyone knows it's kind of a building year after...

  • Lincoln Christmas Bazaar carries on

    Roger Dey, BVD|Updated Aug 31, 2022

    The Annual Lincoln Christmas Bazaar saw a busy day Saturday, Dec. 4. This year's Christmas Bazaar marked the first since Ann Pryor retired in 2019 after 30 years organizing the sale by crafters and artisans. For Jill Sallin, who took over as organizer, the bazaar was a bittersweet affair. She watched the ebb and flow of the crowd from behind a table laden with quilts, rugs, potholders and other useful creations handmade by her mother Jesse, who passed away last month. Jesse...

  • Columnist wore map of Ireland on his face

    Karen Davis, Belgrade News|Updated Aug 31, 2022

    I've known various members of the Helmville Geary family for decades. Irish literally to their core, they wear the map of Ireland on their faces and in their hearts. This Helmville tribe is a blend of County Cork and County Limerick, the Fogartys and the Gearys. This original ancestor was a miner, who came to this country sometime in the 1850s, before making his way to what would become the Treasure State. Dick Geary, a fourth-generation Helmville rancher, spent years as a...

  • Arts Council plans pasty sale and more

    Tammy Jordan|Updated Aug 31, 2022

    The Lincoln Council for the Arts had their first meeting of 2022 to discuss their upcoming Pasty Fundraiser as well as upcoming events for the year. They are excited to bring more entertainment and art to Lincoln in the coming year. To get the year started, The Lincoln Council for the Arts, in conjunction with the Upper Blackfoot Valley Historical Society, will again be selling pasties as their first fundraiser for the year. Last year, there was a competition between the...

  • 'Ted K' to make North American debut at Missoula's Wilma Theater next week

    Roger Dey, BVD|Updated Aug 31, 2022

    About three and a half years ago, the specter of Ted Kaczynski returned to Lincoln as filmmaker Tony Stone filmed scenes for 'Ted K' in and around Lincoln. Next week the movie, which delves into Kaczynski's life during his last few years living near Lincoln in his now-infamous frame cabin, will have its North American premiere Feb. 15 at the Wilma Theater in Missoula. Invitations for the premiere went out last week to people in the community who helped with the movie,...

  • 'Ted K' provides different perspective on familiar story

    Roger Dey, Roger Dey|Updated Aug 31, 2022

    As "Ted K" opens, a text crawl explains Ted Kaczynski's backstory before giving way to scenes of mountains covered with deep snow and blackened, burned trees. The stark scenery is punctuated by a group of colorful snowmobiles, the sound of the sleds follows them as they dance through the tree trunks and travel trails. As the group crosses Keep Cool Lake, a spectral figure appears from behind a tree. It's one of the few times Ted Kaczynski, as portrayed by Sharlto Copley,...

  • Memories of a Madman

    Roger Dey, BVD|Updated Aug 31, 2022

    For the first sixteen years of her life, Ted Kaczynski was something of a fixture in Jamie Gehring's life. Kaczynski lived only about half a mile from Butch Gehring's home, and Jamie would encounter him often during the time she spent in Lincoln with her dad. Exploring her memories of "Teddy" in light of the fact he is a killer responsible for three deaths and dozens of injuries is at the core of her book "Madman in the Woods." The book explores her personal memories of...

  • Student Arts Scholarships Available

    News Release, Alpine Artisans|Updated Aug 31, 2022

    We're beginning to see the light at the end of the 'Corona virus pandemic tunnel', and Alpine Artisans encourages parents and high school students to consider the grants and scholarships we offer. Does your K-12 student want to attend a summer camp in music, drama or any part of the arts? Are you a graduating senior who is interested in majoring or minoring in any aspect of the arts? AAI is interested in helping you! Since 1995, AAI has awarded over 24 senior scholarships for...

  • Arts Council to host Empire Trio for night of entertainment

    Tammy Jordan|Updated Aug 31, 2022

    The Lincoln Council for the Arts is bringing the Empire Trio for a night of music and entertainment to Lincoln on Thursday, April 6th at 7pm. The performance, which will be held at the Lincoln Community Methodist Church will feature the Trio in conjunction with several local students and residents including M'Liss Weisner, Bill Quay, Elyssa Longson, Dick Birkholz, Diane Krier, Aubrian Van Winkle, and students from the Lincoln School. The Empire Trio has performed at Carnegie...

  • Putt Putt sees record turnout

    Roger Dey, BVD|Updated Aug 31, 2022

    Despite a forecast calling for blustery, rainy weather, Lincoln's annual Putt Putt mini golf tournament saw its largest ever turnout, with about 400 people in 78 teams hitting the portable links around town May 7. In its 12th year – after a one-year COVID-19 break in 2020 – the annual fundraiser brought in an estimated $10,000 that will go to various local organizations. Bonnie Christian, who has organized the event since its inception, had a theory about the unexpectedly hig...

  • International Sculpture Day at BPSW

    Roger Dey, BVD|Updated Aug 31, 2022

    Blackfoot Pathways: Sculpture in the Wild recognizes International Sculpture Day Most of the visitors to Sculpture in the Wild Saturday were unaware it was International Sculpture Day but seemed delighted to find out they had chosen to visit Lincoln's sculpture park on the unofficial holiday. International Sculpture Day falls on the last Saturday in April every year. It was set up by the International Sculpture Center as a worldwide celebration of sculpture and to increase...

  • Art and Music return to Hooper Park

    Roger Dey, BVD|Updated Aug 31, 2022

    The Annual Lincoln Art & Music Festival at Hooper Park held Aug 13 and 14 was scaled down a bit this year, with about 20 vendors and three bands on hand for the two-day event. Finding both vendors and bands proved to be a challenge this year, and while the weekend proved to be generally successful, festival organizer Karyn Good said it was a tricky thing to pull together. “It’s getting harder and harder to find artists who will do outdoor events, especially fine art...

  • Sculpture in the Wild ready for 'sculpture season' next month

    Roger Dey, BVD|Updated Aug 31, 2022

    Sculpture season returns to Blackfoot Pathways: Sculpture in the Wild in September, featuring an artist originally slated to be here in 2020 and the return of an artists who was last here in 2019. Following a two-year delay, Northern Cheyenne artist Bently Spang will be here to create an installation reflecting his Native American culture. "We're real excited about him," said BPSW president Becky Garland. Spang was originally scheduled to create an installation during the...

  • Photos: Music in the Wild at the Teepee Burner

    Roger Dey, BVD|Updated Aug 31, 2022

    For the last two years, the Music in the Wild performances in the Delaney Mill Teepee Burner have brought some of the state's best musicians to town nearly every weekend throughout July and August. It provides a free, unrivaled chance to hear a wide variety of musical styles – from blues to jazz to country, as well as the occasional guest speaker – in a one-of-a-kind setting....

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