What a wonderful end to summer!
The Carbon County Arts Guild staff and board of directors are filled with gratitude for all the help to make the last week a success.
At the beginning of the week, August 29, we had the closing reception for the Women of the West and Spiritual Expressions exhibitions held in August. Thank you Gesine Janzen, Maggy Rozycki Hiltner, Echo Ukrainetz, Arin Waddell, and Shirle Wempner for an amazing show.
Five days later for First Friday Art Walk we opened an exhibition featuring 19 new artists from the Montana Painters Alliance. That Friday, September 3 opening reception was great evening and included food, drinks, meeting the artists and mingling with guests. Plus the art up for this show reflects paintings from the Plein air outing the group made to the Red Lodge area. Such stunning work!! (And keep in mind, any of these artworks can grace your walls by simply making a purchase which supports the artists and the Guild.)
The week wasn't over. Friday we kept preparing for the weekend. Volunteers marked the booth spaces that were to be used for both the Labor Day Arts Fair and the Fun Run. We organized the final details for both events.
Saturday, September 4 the day started early with set up for the Fun Run. Tables, chairs, waste containers, and signage. At 9 a.m. the Fun Run for Charities began. The Arts Guild staff and volunteers were in charge of clean up throughout the event. Checking waste cans, checking port-a-potties and restrooms to keep Lions Park clean. The clean up team volunteers did an amazing job and by 12 noon, the Fun Run was over and Lions Park was cleaner than when we started thanks to the volunteers on the clean up team. Thanks!
Sunday, September 5 vendors began to arrive and set up for the arts fair. Lions Park was once again a-buzz with activity. The Carbon County Arts Guild continued along, checking in vendors and preparing for the next day's event.
Monday, September 6 arrived and at 9 a.m. the annual Labor Day Arts Fair officially began. It was a beautiful day. Weather was perfect. Attendance was great.
CCAG is very grateful to the 63 artist vendors and food trucks for joining us at Lions Park for the event. We are grateful for the pop-up art demo's (Elizabeth, Jerry, Laurie, and Dominique) and afternoon music by Linda McKenzie that took place in the gazebo. It was a pop-up success.
More thanks go out to the board of directors, volunteers, high school student volunteers, shoppers, visitors, Republic Services, Junction 7 for printing, City of Red Lodge police for patrols and orange cones, the Lions Club for mowing the lawn, Paul Hart for trimming the weeds and Adele, our volunteer, for keeping the gardens neat and beautiful.
We also say Thank You to all those who spread the word about the fair through via social media, banners, flyers, radio, and newspaper. It really helped to make the Labor Day Arts Fair happen.
THANK YOU ALL! We look forward to seeing you next year.