Anna Paige

courtesy Tatiana Gant

The Montana Arts Council is the agency of state government established to develop the creative potential of all Montanans, advance education, spur economic vibrancy, and revitalize communities through involvement in the arts.

Executive Director Tatiana Gant has led the organization for the past two years. She is a trained visual artist and for several years maintained a studio practice.   


courtesy Brian D'Ambrosio

A few of Montana’s actors such as Gary Cooper and Myrna Loy found success during the Golden Age of Hollywood. For more than a century, Montana has supplied a rich variety of film and musical entertainment and personality—from daredevils to dancers, mostly unknown, until now.

Brian D’Ambrosio’s new book, Montana Entertainers, Famous and Almost Forgotten, gives us a glimpse of many unsung heroes and heroines of the entertainment world, including a few African American and Native American actors such as Chief Many Treaties and Taylor Gordon.


Anna Paige

Susan Henderson is a Hawthornden International Fellow, a five-time Pushcart Prize nominee, and the recipient of an Academy of American Poets Award. She is the author of the novels Up From the Blue and The Flicker of Old Dreams. Her latest won the Western Writers of America Spur Award, in the category of Best Western Contemporary Novel, and was chosen as an Honor Book for the Montana Book Award and a finalist for the High Plains Book Award in both fiction and the women writer category.


courtesy Clyde and Niki Butcher

A passionate conservationist and photographer, Clyde Butcher has dedicated five decades to exploring, recording, and sharing the beauty of America’s most treasured landscapes. Butcher often spends his days slogging through the Big Cypress National Preserve behind his Florida studio, lugging an enormous camera and tripod. He also guides other photographers and nature lovers, sharing his knowledge of the orchids, rare ferns, native birds, and swamp creatures that make up the Everglades’ unique and fragile ecosystem. 

  

Anna Paige

Long before the Sierra Club, there was George Bird Grinnell, a man whose vision and prolific writing launched the American conservation movement to protect the American West and specifically Montana. Drawing on 40,000 pages of Grinnell’s correspondence and diaries, John Taliaferro reveals a man whose deep concerns for Native Americans and the preservation of the American West created a vision that still guides the future of our national heritage and natural treasures.


Anna Paige

“Something Holy to Say,” a solo show of Gregory Wilhelmi will be on display for the month of July at Coila Evans Gallery, 119 Main St. in Roundup. In this exhibition, Wilhelmi explores "a world of spirituality obscured, faith smudged, and the struggle to walk again in light," according to the artist's statement.

Wilhelmi lives south of Roundup on Halfbreed Creek with his wife and business partner, Cheryl, in a historic log cabin, circa 1893, with a studio on the property. This show is the most personal he's ever done, described gallery owner Coila Evans, and features images culled from his life in Roundup, as well as works spanning his career as an artist. 


courtesy Joe Wilkins

Poet and memoirist Joe Wilkins was born and raised north of the Bull Mountains, out on the Big Dry of eastern Montana. His debut novel, Fall Back Down When I Die, is a powerful story of land, family, wolves, violence, and liberty. The novel highlights both the struggle and the care Joe knew growing up in the rural West. 


Anna Paige

Songwriters from across the country come together June 20-22 for the 4th Annual Red Lodge Songwriter Festival. The event brings and fans of great songwriting and musicians from Montana as well as across the U.S. and Canada to Red Lodge each summer.


Anna Paige

Donna Forbes and Gordon McConnell have an artful friendship. The two worked together at the Yellowstone Art Museum in the 1980s (then known as the Yellowstone Art Center) and played a major role in growing the facility into Montana’s largest contemporary art museum. Both played a major role in acquisitions of contemporary and modern art from Montana and identifying significant artists working at the time.


Anna Paige

Wes Urbaniak is part of Montana’s ever-evolving folk music community. His distinctive “mountain folk” is defined by uniquely built instruments, which Urbaniak creates by hand. He has an evolving cast of bandmates who perform his original music for a dynamic and string-driven sound. In this episode of Resounds, Urbaniak is joined in the studio by ukulele player Matt Regal and bassist David Banuelos.

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