Sep 14, 2012

Annual MAP Art Showcase and Sale Comes to Kalispell

(Whitefish, MT, September 14)—The annual gathering of Montana Artists enrolled in the Montana Artrepreneurship Preparation (MAP) Program throughout the state of Montana will gather to show and sell their works at the Flathead Valley Community College (FVCC) Kalispell Campus on September 28 and 29.  The September 28 opening from 4 to 9 p.m. will feature a Welcome Reception sponsored by Parkside Federal Credit Union and welcome remarks from Dr. Jane Karas, FVCC president, John Rawlings, Art Department director, and Dr. Cindy Kittredge, Montana Art Council’s folk art and marketing development specialist.  The sale and showcase will continue on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. throughout the Arts and Technology Building on the FVCC campus.

Montana has been called “The Land of Creativity,” and anyone who attends this free-admission event will understand why that tagline is so well-deserved.

The two-day event will feature a display of FVCC faculty artwork and the works by more than 90 artists who are traveling from at least 10 geographies in Montana.  These artists have distinguished themselves with the quality of their functional three-dimensional art as well as two-dimensional work throughout recent years.  Artists attending this event represent individuals who are gaining recognition outside their communities, with many of them recently completing participation in the prestigious Western Design Conference held in Jackson Hole, Wyo., during its annual Art Festival.   The Annual Montana Arts Council (MAC) Gathering, hosted at FVCC this year, travels to a different venue each year to encourage diversity among customers who attend the sale and showcase.

The public is invited to attend the event and meet the artists who have worked hard to showcase their work in Flathead Valley this year.   Admission into the event is free, and all work will be available for purchase.  Gallery and business owners are encouraged to visit and to speak with the artists if there is interest in making wholesale and gallery arrangements as a way of continuing support for the work.

The lengthy program distributed on Friday evening will include pictures of sample art, artist contact information, and a complete summary of the MAP program that includes these artists.  The MAP program offers business-readiness instruction and workshops to artists who have an accomplished body of work and wish to expand their marketing efforts and include a broader audience that extends beyond the Montana borders.

For more information, visit or call the FVCC Continuing Education Center at (406) 756-3832.