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Summer ArtFest showcases a variety of artists this weekend


Summer ArtFest at Whitefish returns for its fourth annual art show and sale at downtown O’Shaughnessy Cultural Arts Center.

The organizers are expecting over 20 participating artists in a three-day show with artist booths, a silent auction of over 50 affordable small and medium-sized pieces and a Quick Finish live artists demonstration, crowned by an auction live performances of the completed works starting at 18:00 on Saturday 25 June. A carefully curated collection of 15-20 delivered artwork will complement the live auction, including a charcoal on paper called “Tools of the Trade” by famed Western artist Howard Terpning, valued at $ 70,000 to $ 100,000. Ten percent of Quick Finish’s sales will be donated to the SAF Scholarship Fund, administered by the Whitefish Community Foundation to local art students looking to pursue a career in the art world. Over $ 18,000 of the $ 25,000 funding goal has already been raised.

New artists in attendance and demonstrators include Joe Hickey, a Eureka artist who works with carved and painted bison skulls; and Rob Samartino, a classically trained oil painter who now lives in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, and paints the West. Emerging local artists Madison Apple and Sandy Bridgewater will share Glacier National Park landscape paintings. Acrylic painter and glass artist Grace Chepenik will travel from Seattle where she studies and works in the studio of internationally renowned glassblower Dale Chihuly. Returning legends include acclaimed oil painter Michael Ome Untiedt of Denver and sculptor Brenna Kimbro from Oregon, as well as beloved local artists such as Rochelle Lombardi, Nancy Dunlop Cawdrey and Robin Sorg.

Cawdrey Gallery, Frame of Reference and Going To The Sun Gallery will participate by hosting events or submitting artwork over the weekend. Check SummerArtFest.com for a detailed schedule of events and venues, as well as participating artists and a preview of the artwork from the silent auction.

“Our mission is to bring together talented artists both locally from Flathead Valley and nationally for an art-focused weekend,” said organizer Morgan Cawdrey. ‘We want to instill their creative spirit in our wonderful community. Local supporters host artists in their homes, leading to lasting friendships and new patrons of the arts, as well as making artists’ participation more convenient. We involve as many local artists as possible and it’s also about attracting the best artists we know ”.

While events have been happening in the city in recent years, in 2022 most of the show takes place in and around the O’Shaughnessy Center.

Also new this year is the Young Artists of the Flathead jury show for school age students. Flathead Valley art students can submit their unique paintings, sculptures or other creations online for free and enter two awards: Jury’s Choice and People’s Choice, each with a cash prize of $ 250. The accepted artwork will be exhibited in a stand dedicated to the art exhibition and sold at auction on Saturday 25 June.

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