Choteau Arts Studio and Gallery rating a year | New

The non-profit Choteau Arts Studio & Gallery invites everyone to attend the store’s first anniversary celebration on November 5 from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Longtime arts organization Choteau opened the gallery doors on November 18, 2020 and increased the number of art and gift items in the boutique and was able to offer arts, crafts and music to 70 to 100 participants in the past. 12 months, board chair Susan Luinstra said on Monday.

The first anniversary celebration will feature music from “Badger Creek” starting at 4:00 pm. will take place at 5 p.m.

Anyone who has donated at least $ 20 to the Patron of the Arts campaign will be entered into the raffle for the beautiful painting. Those who have not made a donation but wish to participate in the raffle are encouraged to donate by 5:00 p.m. on Friday. Donor forms are available at the gallery and more information is available online at choteauarts.org. The donor levels are as follows: $ 20 and more for enthusiasts; $ 200 and more for artisans; $ 500 more for connoisseurs and $ 1,000 more for masterpieces.






Choteau artist Leslie Kesler stands next to his painting “Along the Teton” which will be drawn for Friday’s first anniversary celebration.




Regular store hours at 204 Main Ave. N. are Wednesday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 12.30 p.m.

The current members of the Board of Directors of Choteau Arts are Luinstra, President, and Kathy Jones, Treasurer, as well as members Elizabeth Jorden, Sally Lee, Kristen Boroff and Julienne Gramm. There are a few vacancies on the board and anyone interested in serving is encouraged to contact Luinstra.

The nonprofit was founded in 2002 by a trio of art supporters – Jorden, Dulcie Belanger and Heather Vale – to promote the visual and fine arts, including painting, sculpture and pottery, and some performing arts. It was designed to provide a place for local artists to work and to provide art programs and classes for children and adults.

Over the years, the organization has offered numerous painting and craft classes, a few music lessons, and sponsored entertainers for an annual barn dance and social pie as well as the live theater program, Shakespeare in the Parks.

The organization has been present in many different places in Choteau and has been in its current building for over two years now. The gallery is in the front quarter of the building, while the middle half is where classes are offered and the rear quarter houses the clay studio.

The opening of the gallery last November marked the first time the organization has ventured into retail, providing artists and artisans with a place to sell their works on commission and providing a new source of income, helping the nonprofit pay its rent and utilities at a time when the COVID-19 pandemic had forced the cancellation of the regular class schedule.

Peggy Guthrie, a retired Choteau ranchwoman, was instrumental in opening the doors to the gallery and continues to volunteer there.

Luinstra said the studio and gallery have had a very successful first year thanks to the generosity of a group of 15 volunteers who work in the stores, the artists and artisans who put their works up for sale at the studio and all of the community members who have supported the association through the Patron of the Arts campaign, by purchasing gallery items and taking classes.

Luinstra said locals made up the majority of traffic at the studio, although during the summer some tourists also stopped by.

The studio offered arts, crafts and music classes that reached 70 to 100 participants of all ages, Luinstra said.

She said the board was very grateful for the revenue generated by the Patron of the Arts campaign. In addition to commissions and course fees, the steady stream of income has enabled the studio and gallery to pay rent and utilities and purchase materials for the courses, as well as provide scholarships to cover costs. course registration fees.

“I just want to say a big thank you to the community, artists, volunteers and patrons,” Luinstra said.

Following the drawing of Kesler’s painting, she said, the organization will launch another Patron of the Arts fundraising campaign, this time featuring a painting by Choteau artist Jim Utsler.

Anyone wishing to support the studio and gallery can send donations to Choteau Arts at PO Box 62, Choteau, MT 59422 or use a credit card on the organization’s website.

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