It is the summer in Whitefish, Montana, and it is the perfect time for the Summer ArtFest at Whitefish. This festival will take place June 23 through June 25, 2022, in downtown Whitefish and the main events will be held at the O’Shaughnessy Cultural Arts Center. There will be lots of great fun including roundtable interviews, cocktail events, silent and live auctions, a quick-finish, and juried art show for high-school students.
“Summer ArtFest gives art lovers a unique opportunity to meet and talk to their favorite artists throughout roundtable interviews, cocktail events, and a much anticipated Quick-Finish at the end of the weekend. Attendees and supporters inevitably connect and bond over a shared love of fine art while supporting local, regional and national artists.”
Summer ArtFest at Whitefish Details
Summer ArtFest at Whitefish aims to place our small mountain town on the map as a premiere art destination. Community is the key word to help us achieve this. To help keep our local community strong and supported, 10% of all sales will be contributed towards the Summer Artfest at Whitefish Scholarship Fund. This scholarship is administered by the Whitefish Community Foundation to Flathead Valley graduates that are seeking careers as professional artists. SAF has raised over $10,000 in the last three years for this fund.
Participating and attending artists include:
Nancy Dunlop Cawdrey
Bonnie Zahn Griffith
Michael Ome Untiedt
Amanda Wilner artist
There will be a lot of great smaller events taking place during the Summer ArtFest at Whitefish such as the Plein Air Paint Out on June 23 from 10am until 5pm at Whitefish Theatre Company. Join local artists like Nancy Dunlop Cawdrey outside the O’Shaughnessy Center near Depot Park to receive some of that “outside” inspiration (or rain location inside). Bring your own easel and medium of choice. Selected completed works will be available for bidding in the Small Works Silent Auction! On Thursday, June 23, 20022, from 5pm until 7pm, there will also be a Cocktail Party Artist Meet & Greet at the Whitefish Theatre Company. On Friday, June 24, 2022, from 5pm until 7pm, there will be a Kick-Off Reception and Welcome Party at the FoR Fine Art Gallery where guests will meet some of the SAF participating artists, watch several Hockaday Museum Plein Air artists demonstrate, and enjoy light refreshments at the beautiful Frame of Reference gallery! On Saturday, June 25, 2022, starting at 10am, there will be an Artist’s Roundtable Discussion at the Whitefish Theatre Company that is open to the public. Have you ever seen a Quick Finish Live Painting? On Saturday, June 25, 2022, starting at 4pm, head over to the Whitefish Theatre Company to see artists as they do final touches on their artworks that will be subsequently live auctioned. A great opportunity to ask questions and witness art-making processes of all sorts! Whether you are a collector, artist, or just curious, don’t miss being a part of the excitement as prominent Western art auctioneer Tate Heinzerling auctions off the artworks finished in the Quick Finish event… The Fine Art Live Auction will be at the Whitefish Theatre Company on Saturday June 25, 2022, starting at 6pm. Don’t miss out! Learn more – HERE.
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