Live music undoubtedly enjoys the greatest spotlight at the annual River City Roots Festival.
But anyone who ever spends time downtown during the massive two-day event can attest to the prominence of the arts and crafts show.
With several aisles of booths lining both sides of Main Street, you don’t have to be a collector to have a great time browsing the various styles and formats on display. Heck, you don’t really even have to know much about art at all!
This year more than three dozen different local and regional artists will be featured at the juried art show. And we’re not just talking about the traditional fine arts like paintings, pottery and photographer (though there will be plenty of that.) Organizers this year have expanded the show to include more alternative means of visual expression: fused glass, metal arts, wood instruments and even “wearables”!
This year also marks the return of Missoula’s own The Clay Studio with an opportunity to create your own clay pottery!
The art show runs 11 am to 7 pm on Friday and Saturday, August 25-26, on the 100 block of West Main Street in downtown Missoula.
Here’s this year’s line-up:
Arlon Rosenoff: Oil painting
Blystone Forge: Metalwork
Brookie Bands: Wearables
Carol Fah: Cloth art dolls
Christina Hayden: Wearables
Dan Abernathy: Jewelry
Fiddle Stix: Wood instruments
Diane Olhoeft: Painted silk and paintings
Dona Boggs Aitken: Woodworking
Eric Reese: Nature photography
Greg Richardson: Woodworking
Ivette Fina Art (Ivette Kjelsrud): Painting
Jeremy McFarlane: Pottery
Jessie Smith: Paintings and illustrations
John K. Mercer Photography: Landscape and wilderness photography
Joseph Burke: Woodworking
Keira Masters: Jewelry
Kim Shirley: Textile arts
Lee Walker: Acrylic painting
Lisa Ernst: Pottery
Mandy Mohler: Photography
Merle Ann Loman: Fine art nature photography
Montana Bismuth Creations; Metal art, jewelry and clocks
Mountain Moon Handbags: Sewn bags
Paul Tunkis: Watercolor paintings
Peter Zalewski: Photography/mixed media
Rowan Nyman: Photography
Sue Cooperman: Fused glass
The Clay Studio: Ceramics (make-your-own pottery)
Turtle Klaus: Hand engraving/jewelry
Wander & Rain: Resin jewelry
White Pelican Designs: Jewelry
For more details, including links to more detailed artist information, click HERE.