Artists

The Montana House was originally built in 1959 in Apgar Village as a Regional Craft Shop. We feature arts and crafts made by Native American and Montana artists and authors. These include pottery, wood pieces, jewelry, photography, books, quilting, painting, glassworks and Native American artwork, soaps, lotions and beadwork.

The shop offers a wide music selection including traditional and contemporary Native American musicians and local and western artists. It is also one-stop shopping for Huckleberry, Mooseberry, Wild Chokecherry and other local Montana grown berries in jams, jellies, chocolates, pancake and muffin mixes, coffees and teas.

The Montana House has hosted the works of approximately 500 artists since opening its doors in 1960. Currently the works of four members of the Montana Circle of American Masters are shown. These are:

jlarson-breadJackie Larson Bread: Currently traditional Plains ledger art with its vibrant color & stylized depictions is the basis for her bead work, as well as delicate Blackfeet florals, bold Blackfeet geometric designs, and illusionary pictorials. Images are hand drawn and composed into intricately beaded bags, boxes, parasols, other traditional utilitarian items.

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Rich Charlson: Close inspection of Rich’s work reveals a complex combination of colors & textures, almost kaleidoscopic in effect. The designs in his bowls are created by combining numerous pieces of woods of different colors. Some bowls have over 5,000 pieces of wood in them, with none of the wood being dyed or painted.

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Elaine Snyder: For millennia, human beings have been using animal hides to clothe and protect themselves. Elaine works in this traditional medium, bringing to it the dynamic of modern attire. She takes great ]pride in turning tanned hides into items that are both beautiful and usable in daily life.

 

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James Jensen: Humans have used woodcarving for centuries in order to express themselves activities. Through his works in wood, Jim has become known as “The Bear Man” because most of his carvings are of bears that he has observed while hiking Glacier National Park and working in the mountains.

For more information on these artists and other Montana Circle of American Masters, see their website at http://www.art.mt.gov/.

Currently, the works of these artists are on display and for sale in the Montana House:

Philip Aaberg Blue grass music
Kelly Apgar Original oil paintings
Marilyn Bacon Leather purses
Stacey Bengsto Photography cards
David Bennett Photos, cards
Brian & Kerry Bertsch Wooden wall switches & outlets
Kristine Blickhan Cloth baskets, knotted & fabric scarves
Jackie Larson Bread Traditional Blackfeet beadwork
Sheri Burden Stained glasswork window hangings
Rich Charlson Wooden bowls
Karen Christie Peace Cranes
Monte Dolack Cards, posters
Dale Duby Knives & stands of obsidian/ bone/antler
Steve Eckles Guitar CD’s
Lorna Gable Small framed watercolors
Vonnie Gardner Glazed vases, bookmarks
Jim & Jane Gilman Large pottery vases & platters
Jack Gladstone Music CDs
JoAnne Greig Quilt Scenic Wall Hangings
Sumio Harada Goat book, DVD & photos
Heidi Haugen Pottery
Todd Hileman Small framed watercolors
Judy Howell Montana Earth Pottery
Peggie Jenkins Gourds
Jim Jensen Wood carvings
Lori Johnson Smudging sage/cedar/sweetgrass
Jim Jokerst Original pastels of GNP wildlife
Shirley Koledejchak Painted magnets, jewelry
Robert Koester Wooden boxes/salad tongs/bread knives
Bill Kramer Antler cribbage boards, jewelry, beads, whistles, etc.
Mary K Kreps Cards & post cards
King Kuka North American framed art prints
Karen Lamb Petroglyph pendants/fridge magnets
Lisa Little Chief Bryan Native American herbal teas
Laura Lloyd Calligraphy cards
Living Earth Arts Cards
Gary Ludwig Framed photos, cards
Betty MacDavid Watercolors, note cards/posters/journals
Mac’s Gems Montana sapphire jewelry
Pauline Matt Herbal soaps, lotions, balms
Greg & Ann Morley Canoes
Mountain Woods Wooden bread knives
Heather Mull Candles
Marlie Neisinger Potholders
Denise Nisson Beaded jewelry
Rob Nuckols Nuts & bolts metal figures
Peggy Olson Quilt wall hangings
Don O’Mailla Glass jewelry
Florence O’Neal Jingle Art Photos
Ken Overcast Cowboy music CD’s & books
Kendra Owen Bead work/mocs/talking sticks/dream catchers
Pack River Buttonworks Wood crow calls/rattles/puzzles/ornaments/switches
Jean Perkins Silkscreen wildflower cars/bookmarks
Loren Pinski Wooden duck carver & golf club ducks
Laura Plain Horsehair items & ornaments
Margie Rasmussen Bear Bells
Charles Rogers Walking sticks
Gale Running Wolf, Sr. Original artwork & limited prints
Toni Schneider Dried wildflowers paperweights
Nan Sigrist Wildflower cross stitch kits
SK Designs Etched glass mugs/wine glasses/coasters
Elaine Snyder Leather jackets/purses
Lynn Ellen Smith Flower wall quilts
Sue Snyder Spirit Stones
Adena Stosich Wooden puzzles
Ron/Mary Ann Thamert Metal art wall hangings
Steve Thorstenson Pottery birds
Jane Timmerman Photography
Shirley Twohig Wall quilts
Cindy Vandever Wildflower cards
Naldo & Svarga Vazza Jewelry
David Walburn Music CD’s
Kim Waldman Cards & tote bags