Welcome to 2017 Plein Air venues.

All are welcome to attend our summer paint-outs. We meet from about 9:30 to noon. Come and go as needed. Bring your gear, hat, snack, etc. All paint out places have a bathroom available and parking. Places are selected because of views, gardens, interesting vehicles, neat buildings, or creek, etc. This is a time to paint, visit with other artists, or just enjoy the views and take photos.

This summer includes favorite locations from last year and several new ones. I have scheduled a Paint~out every Monday Morning this June.
So many wonderful inspirational choices. I hope to get to most and look forward to seeing you there. Helen Donvan

Please visit the blog to see photos from the following paint-outs as they occur.  http://southwestmontanaarts.org/blog/

Nestled in the Aspen trees on Ross Creek, 5 acres surrounded by fields, Beautiful view of mountains. Perfect time to catch those Fall Colors. We will be having a pot luck lunch together. This is our last paintout for this season. A great time to share. Peggy will just be returning from an international trip where she taught art classes to children so we hope to hear some stories.  Her address is: 9350 Walker Rd, 1/2 mile from Springhill Church. 

I rented a forest service cabin (Window Rock) for 2 nights. 11 & 12th There may be space for 1-2 more artists to stay there. Let me know if interested in camping. We will set up in 3 different locations during this stay. Palisades Falls, the Reservoir, and at the cabin. endless beauty options. What would you like to paint?

150 OLD FOREST CREEK TRAIL off Hyalite Canyon Rd. Vistas and beauty abound. More to follow

AUGUST 29th 9:30AM – Axtel Bridge Fishing Access
Bring bathing suits and picnic lunch to share time together.
101 year old truss bridge across our beautiful Gallatin River.
Directions: 2 miles north of Gallatin Gateway, 10 miles south of Belgrade. From Bozeman: go west to 4 Corners, go left, which is Hywy 191, south to mile marker 77. Then west on Axtel Anceny Rd to Axtel bridge.


Once again, the drive itself is worth it as we journey thru the Gallatin Canyon along the Gallatin River. This quaint Chapel and its Driveway lined with flags on either side , great foreground, with Lone Mountain so amazingly beautiful completing this perfect scene the Chapel duplicating the line of the peak. It is a non denominational memorial, dedicated in 1955 by the Nelson Story family. In all directions there are views to entice great paintings from us. Curly horned sheep are often seen on adjacent hillside. There is a small cemetery located here. Some shade can be found under trees. Rest rooms are nicely done.

DIRECTIONS: Soldiers Chapel~47875 Gallatin Rd.( hywy 191) From Bozeman Main St exit off interstate 90 take Main St west becomes ( Huffine )west to 4 corners intersection. (Gas stations on all corners.) Turning Left at intersection we head south on 191 Gallatin Canyon Rd. From Begrade Jackrabbit Rd South is Hywy 191 Head straight to Big Sky. its about 50 miles to Big sky. Go straight thru the light for Big Sky and just passed gas station on RIGHT~ turn up drive to Soldiers Chapel. You may want to park right there and walk to get a chance to check out driveway and overall views.


Just the drive is worth the effort. Paradise Valley is so picturesque. Mallards Rest is a Camp ground where I plan to spend a few days. Right from pull off is a panorama of the Yellowstone River as it winds its way along, the Absoroka Mountains jagged and massive and Emigrant Peak. The road down to campground is dirt, a bit steep but easily managed slowly. Great spots along the river, eddies and trees, boaters passing, and peaceful. We can plan a picnic to share and spend the whole day. Take a dip in the water and just be there. And yes, there are vault toilets in several locations.

DIRECTIONS: From Bozeman about 40 miles, take the interstate to Livingston exit 333. At light head south (left)on hywy 89 toward Yellowstone Park. 11.5 miles Pull off is on your left


JULY 24~ Paint the picturesque town of WILLOW CREEK

Willow Creek has farm land with cattle, Tobacco Root Mountains, grain elevator, special little spots of gardens and flowers. There is also a fishing access (3 miles south of town) on the Jefferson River (on Williams Bridge Rd). There is also nice view from the cemetery north of town (I/8 of a mile). across the railroad tracks. Outdoor potties are at the cemetery and the fishing access on Williams Bridge Road.

DIRECTIONS: We will meet at the cemetery and decide from there. Travel west on I- 90 to the first exit into Three Forks, exit off I-90 and turn left and across I-90 and into Three Forks. Go thru main street and keep going straight ( 6 miles to Willow Creek. There is a sign that says Willow Creek – 6 miles.


JULY 13 BOZEMAN POND **Thursday**

Very conveniently located west side of Mall. Wonderful vistas of Bridgers with foreground of trees and water. tall trees encircle the newly renovated ponds, great reflections, trails, climbing rock, nearby dog swim area and park. There are several covered tables and benches to set up at, and picnic? of course ~rest rooms.

DIRECTIONS:From town head west on Main st, changes name to Huffine, pass Mall on right to Fowler and head north (Right) Parking on right passed credit union. From 4 corners travel East on Huffine to Fowler Credit Union on corner and head north (left) parking on right.


This is a farm north of Belgrade. Spectacular 360 views, farm machines, chartreuse fields, possibly canola flowers, many structures, creek, old restored barn and vintage home. Worth the drive. 

Directions:  Take Dry Creek Rd north of Belgrade.  Two ways to get to Dry Creek Rd – 1) Take exit to airport (Airway Blvd.) and go around the large round-about near airport.   Dry Creek Rd is the exit off that as if going straight on Airway Blvd.  2) From the center of Belgrade take N. Broadway north to the T and go right to Dry Creek Rd.  Head north on Dry Creek Rd (about 4-5 miles depending upon where you start on Dry Creek Rd) to Theisen Rd. (which comes soon after Reese Creek Rd. on your right.)  Foster Creek Rd. is a right after short distance on Theisen Rd.  Go along Foster Creek Rd (about 2 miles) till # 2577, phone is 406-589-5750.

Note: see website fostercreekfarm.com under “contact” for map at top to click on if wanting a visual.

July 1 ~ Saturday, for those who have entered our annual members’ Showplease deliver paintings to the atrium of the Bozeman Public Library from 9 a.m. – 11 a..m.

Please note a change of plans for June 26th paint-out. We won’t be going to the Grizzly and Wolf Center in West Yellowstone (unless you want to after Connie’s). Connie Luechtefeld has graciously offered to provide a BBQ lunch after we paint at her home. Beautiful views!!

Connie lives just north of West Yellowstone on Horse Butte. Drive south on Highway 191 until you get to the junction with Highway 287. (It’s just about 1 1/2 hours of solid driving to get from Bozeman to this point). Continue south on Highway 191 until you reach Rainbow Point Road. (This is approximately 1 1/2 miles past the junction with 287). Turn right (west) onto Rainbow Point Road. Continue down Rainbow Point Road for approximately 4 1/2 miles until you reach Mountain Vista Drive.
Turn left (south) onto Mountain Vista Drive. Drive for about a mile until you reach 307 Mountain Vista Drive. The house will be on your right. It’s a cedar sided home with a gambrel roofed barn in the yard. There’s a tall flagpole with the American and the Marine Corps flags proudly waving!

(There are many other possibilities in West Yellowstone such as Horse Butte or Bakers Hole or Hebgen Lake. And of course there is THE PARK right there. May be fun to take a few days to exploring, that’s what I am planning to do.) Helen


Angel’s summit is located between Bozeman and Livingston and has outstanding views of the Absaroka Mtns. The mountains backdrop is filled with wildflowers and beckons you up to even further heights. This home was designed by the owner who is also an artist. It’s a spot you don’t want to miss.
DIRECTIONS: From Bozeman take I-90 going East toward Livingston. About 5 miles past Bear Canyon exit you will take the Jackson Creek exit ramp. Turn left onto Frontage Rd going East again. Drive approximately 10 miles and turn left onto Sunflower Rd. There is a tunnel underpass under I-90. Pass over the railroad tracks (check for trains both ways) then take immediate right onto BULL RUN RD. This is a gravel road with Angel’s Summit at the end of the road. From Livingston take I-90 to exit 324, turn Left off exit ramp then Right at Stop sign. About a mile turn onto Sunflower Rd (as above.) Look for rounded glass front of house at end of Bull Run Rd. If lost, call Jane at 406-539-7476.

Don is hoping that this will be the perfect time for his Iris, in full bloom and optimal colors. He has 1,000 or more and many several generations old from his Grandmother’s garden. Come enjoy!
DIRECTIONS: From Bozeman Main St. take Church St. South which goes straight into Sourdough Rd, continue South to Goldenstein Rd. Turn Right onto Goldenstein then Left turn onto Hitching Post Rd. Then to 1st Left which is Trail Boss, go short distance to “T” in road and Left to 4510 Conestoga Circle. You will see the gardens. If coming South on 19th, turn left on Goldenstein, then right on Hitching Post Rd. This is a loop road and Trail Boss is off the southeast corner of the road.

LPC is a beautiful wedding venue on 40 acres built in the old world style, surrounded by several mountain ranges bordered with a half mile of Middle Creek. Located a mere 6 miles from Bozeman on Cobb Hill Rd. Come and see our new stone bridge, bubbling water fountain and enjoy a walk in the lovely cottonwood forest.
DIRECTIONS: From Bozeman take Huffine Lane West to Cobb Hill Rd, Left turn ¼ mile then left just passed Middlecreek Montessori school down long tree lined driveway If you are coming from 4 Corners heading East turn right on Cobb Hill, then 1//4 mile passed Montessori, and left up driveway. See You there.

Expansive views of the Bridgers and old log barn at 5702 Penwell Bridge Road.
DIRECTIONS: Go north on 19th from Bozeman to Springhill Rd. Turn right and drive north to the 6 mile marker. Penwell is the next road after Baseline. Turn right onto Penwell Bridge Rd. and drive towards the Bridger mountains for about 3/4th of a mile. Colleen Vittone’s place on the right – a gray house with red trim, red roof. Please park along hedge on opposite side of drive. If lost call 406-451-9273. Parking is limited, please carpool if possible.