Southwest Montana Arts exists to foster enthusiasm for the creation of art and to encourage members in their pursuit of a greater appreciation of art. Workshops are held and guest artists give programs at meetings to bring in the highest level of art instruction available. For more information please call Linda Williams at 586-1350.

Mission

The mission of SMA is to foster camaraderie, support and encourage visual artists with educational activities and venues for exhibiting their work and to develop a public awareness and appreciation of the visual arts throughout the community.

A brief history of SMArts

The Montana Institute of the Arts in Bozeman is now Southwest Montana Arts. The group has a membership of roughly one hundred members that meet monthly from September through May, taking time off from meetings June through August to conduct ‘paint out’ sessions at various locations every other week. The Montana Institute of the Arts was founded in 1948 with the stated purpose of “bringing together of persons interested in original and creative work, in teaching and in recreational use in the fields of the arts for mutual cooperation and stimulation.” As an arm of the original organization, the Bozeman chapter has flourished.

They now meet at the Bozeman Public Library in the large community room at 9:30 a.m. on the 3rd Monday of the month (September through May), with the exception of January and February when the library can be closed for federal holidays, thus moving the date. Each month a short business meeting is held, ‘art assignments’ given, viewing of last months’ assignments, and various speaker presentations given. We have had speakers that have included Susan Blackwood, Taylor Lynde, Curtis Tierney, owner of Tierney Fine Arts in Bozeman, Greg Scheibel, Rein Gillstrom and D.G. House. We are always searching for artists that will share their insights, tips and tricks and honored styles with our members.

Annual events for the Southwest Montana Arts include an annual juried art show that is held in July, with the show hanging in the atrium of the Bozeman Public Library for the month of July. An annual Christmas party and the ‘spring swap’- where members bring in art supplies, frames, books, dvds’, etc. to sell to each other round out the annual events. The summer paint outs are informal plein air sessions which are scheduled around the Gallatin Valley where members meet to paint out together. Brown bag lunches and informal critique sessions can follow.

The group exists to foster enthusiasm for the creation of art and to encourage members in their pursuit of a greater appreciation of art. Workshops are held to bring in the highest level of art instruction available. For more information please call Linda Williams at 586-1350.

Article courtesy of Bozeman Magazine.

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