Photo Credit: Ninepipe Wildlife Refuge, Crystal Kingston, Giclee print of oil original, 36″x72″, 2011
Arrayed between the crags of the Bitterroot and Sapphire mountains of southwestern Montana lies a spectacular landscape that seems like it came right out of a painting … or a song … or a tale told round a campfire.
Not surprisingly, Montana’s Bitterroot Valley is a place where the visual, performing and culinary arts thrive. Here, artists labor daily in home studios and en plein air, bakeries and breweries. They draw inspiration from their surroundings and reflect back the valley’s unique sense of place and culture.
BitterrootARTS.org is the online home of artists who call the Bitterroot Valley home. This is a place for artists to connect directly with new and old fans, and for visitors and residents to learn more about the inspired people who enhance our creative economy.
A platform for artists.
BitterrootARTS.org provides a platform for artists and arts organizations of the Bitterroot Valley to share information about themselves, their work, upcoming events and more.
A resource for visitors and the community.
BitterrootARTS.org is your cultural enrichment planner. You can find upcoming events. You can participate in and find information about our annual all-arts festival, ARTrageous in the Bitterroot. You can discover a local artist, chef or musician for your next event.
An engine for the economy.
The creative sector is one of Montana’s most thriving and sustainable industries. According to a study by the state, there were 8,780 artists working in Montana in 2010 — more than the number of people working in the information or mining industries in the “Treasure State.”
Yet by the nature of the creative process, artists often work in isolation, trading directly with their clients and audiences. As a result, the economic value of the arts sector is often underappreciated by both civic leaders and the general public.
By helping individual artists connect with visitors, each other and their community, BitterrootARTS.org serves as a window into the cultural vitality of our region, and an engine for accelerating our creative economy.
Organization & Mission
Bitterroot Arts is a project of the Bitter Root Cultural Trust, a nonprofit organization celebrating, preserving and enhancing the rich history and vibrant culture of Montana’s Bitterroot Valley.