Smarts paint-out at Axtel Bridge Connie Leuechtefeld


Welcome to 2018 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.

Hello all Plein Air Artists. Please check dates carefully as we are trying out WEDNESDAYS this month and extended hours. We can still honor 9:30 am start but feel free to come earlier or in afternoons. Hope this will welcome more artists. Also more lighting options.

June 6 – Wednesday, BOGART PARK.
There have many interesting changes done within our local Park. Pathways, Bridges, jack fencing. Lots of water in the Bozeman Creek. There are Mountain views and of course the good possibility of children and dogs at play. Come and capture a bit of the metamorphosis!
DIRECTIONS: 325 South Church St. 0.3 mi South from East Main Street, Bozeman

Located just west of Gallatin Valley Mall, this park has much to offer. Grand views of our Bridger Mountains with foreground of ponds reflecting mountains and shoreline trees. Fishing, dog park swim area, and lots of shade. Covered table areas for easy setups, and perfect for any weather and picnicking. Always nice to take the whole day for painting and enjoying this lovely resource. Easy walking trail around entire pond.
Bozeman Ponds are just west of Gallatin Valley Mall which is on Huffine Lane. Easiest and most direct access to park is to take Fowler Lane North off Huffine (this is corner where Rosauers Super Market is located southeast corner, and Rocky Mountain Credit Union is on Northeast corner next to Ace Hardware). As you head north on Fowler passing Credit Union parking on right – short distance – there is the entrance to Bozeman Ponds and lots of parking.

JUNE 20 – Wednesday, PENNY’S SOURDOUGH RIDGE HOME – 201 Ridge Trail Rd, Bozeman
If you like vistas ~ The Bridger, Gallatin, and Tobacco Root Mountain ranges, MSU campus and everything in between this is sure to inspire some fabulous paintings. You will be able to set up on the decks, or in gardens. There is shade as needed. The house is for sale, but we have use of bathroom facilities. BONUS- Penny will be having an intimate sale of her handcrafted jewelry and artworks inside home. There may be an opportunity to display your own creations as well on your own easels. More info will be available to those interested.
Coming off I-90 (EXIT 309) take Main Street heading west toward Bozeman town passing Library on left and Heebs Grocery on left. Go left – South at Church Street light. Continue for about 1 1/2 Miles to Kagy Blvd. Continue straight across Kagy (Church becomes Sourdough Rd. ) 0.6 Miles turn Left on Sourdough Ridge Rd. In 0.3mi turn left on Ridge Trail Rd. 201 Ridge Trail Rd is 600 ft on Right.

Great mountain views, old buildings, vehicles. aspens along creek.
Directions: From Freeway, take Airport exit, head to airport, go to roundabout, round it to continue straight.  Senior Center will be on your left, road turns into Dry Creek Rd.  Follow till Theisen Rd. (to Antelope Ridge) on your right, go about 1/4 mile, Foster Creek Rd. is a right soon after travel on Theisen Rd.  Go along Foster Creek Rd till # 2577.

Mallards rest is a camping area along the grand Yellowstone River. It is about 40 Miles from Bozeman. A spectacular drive the entire way. Over Bozeman Pass to Livingston and south thru Paradise Valley. The majestic Absoroka Mountain vistas and river offering endless painting opportunities for all. Come and camp Monday evening and paint all day Tuesday or bring a picnic lunch for the day.

From Helen – I believe 6 artists have signed up to stay that night at “Hill House” on this expansive property located in the Ruby Valley just passed Virginia City and Nevada City. I ask that all get in touch with me this week, Please! All artists are welcome and invited to paint for the day.  Vistas, river, hopefully wildlife, mountains and just plain MONTANA at its natural best. The manager would like a count of how many artists to expect. Several have voiced an interest in camping in vicinity. I am looking into Ruby Reservoir camping about 10 Miles from Alder. No fee – no frills – to catch the Perseid Meteor showers peaking 11-12th.

Helen Donvan or call 579-2755. Those interested in car pooling, or could take an extra person, should call or write Helen.


Looking ahead, please mark your calendar and let Helen know as soon as you know if you’ll be attending… We’ll send out another reminder the week before. Thank you, Luechtefelds.
We are welcomed enthusiastically to paint and  share in a scrumptious BBQ at their lovely Horse Butte home.
Please give me a head count so Dick can plan for us all.  Dick will be preparing chicken  breasts, hot dogs, brats and hamburgers.  Connie making side dishes and desserts. Oh my goodness😍. We are truly blessed.
To confirm, please call Helen 579-2755.  Thanks!
South from Bozeman on Highway 191 toward West Yellowstone.  Go through the intersection with Highway 287 to Ennis (don’t turn)…. drive another three miles down Highway 191 toward West Yellowstone to Rainbow Point Road (the sign also says Rainbow Point Campground ) and turn right (West).  Go down Rainbow Point Road for about four miles and turn left (south) onto Mountain Vista Drive.  We’re about a half mile down the road on the right….. cedar sided house with blue trim and a cute barn.  I’ll have signs out!  The physical address is 307 Mountain Vista Drive, West Yellowstone.