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.



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.



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.



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

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

Philip AabergBlue grass music
Kelly ApgarOriginal oil paintings
Marilyn BaconLeather purses
Stacey BengstoPhotography cards
David BennettPhotos, cards
Brian & Kerry BertschWooden wall switches & outlets
Kristine BlickhanCloth baskets, knotted & fabric scarves
Jackie Larson BreadTraditional Blackfeet beadwork
Sheri BurdenStained glasswork window hangings
Rich CharlsonWooden bowls
Karen ChristiePeace Cranes
Monte DolackCards, posters
Dale DubyKnives & stands of obsidian/ bone/antler
Steve EcklesGuitar CD’s
Lorna GableSmall framed watercolors
Vonnie GardnerGlazed vases, bookmarks
Jim & Jane GilmanLarge pottery vases & platters
Jack GladstoneMusic CDs
JoAnne GreigQuilt Scenic Wall Hangings
Sumio HaradaGoat book, DVD & photos
Heidi HaugenPottery
Todd HilemanSmall framed watercolors
Judy HowellMontana Earth Pottery
Peggie JenkinsGourds
Jim JensenWood carvings
Lori JohnsonSmudging sage/cedar/sweetgrass
Jim JokerstOriginal pastels of GNP wildlife
Shirley KoledejchakPainted magnets, jewelry
Robert KoesterWooden boxes/salad tongs/bread knives
Bill KramerAntler cribbage boards, jewelry, beads, whistles, etc.
Mary K KrepsCards & post cards
King KukaNorth American framed art prints
Karen LambPetroglyph pendants/fridge magnets
Lisa Little Chief BryanNative American herbal teas
Laura LloydCalligraphy cards
Living EarthArts Cards
Gary LudwigFramed photos, cards
Betty MacDavidWatercolors, note cards/posters/journals
Mac’s GemsMontana sapphire jewelry
Pauline MattHerbal soaps, lotions, balms
Greg & Ann MorleyCanoes
Mountain WoodsWooden bread knives
Heather MullCandles
Marlie NeisingerPotholders
Denise NissonBeaded jewelry
Rob NuckolsNuts & bolts metal figures
Peggy OlsonQuilt wall hangings
Don O’MaillaGlass jewelry
Florence O’NealJingle Art Photos
Ken OvercastCowboy music CD’s & books
Kendra OwenBead work/mocs/talking sticks/dream catchers
Pack River ButtonworksWood crow calls/rattles/puzzles/ornaments/switches
Jean PerkinsSilkscreen wildflower cars/bookmarks
Loren PinskiWooden duck carver & golf club ducks
Laura PlainHorsehair items & ornaments
Margie RasmussenBear Bells
Charles RogersWalking sticks
Gale Running Wolf, Sr.Original artwork & limited prints
Toni SchneiderDried wildflowers paperweights
Nan SigristWildflower cross stitch kits
SK DesignsEtched glass mugs/wine glasses/coasters
Elaine SnyderLeather jackets/purses
Lynn Ellen SmithFlower wall quilts
Sue SnyderSpirit Stones
Adena StosichWooden puzzles
Ron/Mary Ann ThamertMetal art wall hangings
Steve ThorstensonPottery birds
Jane TimmermanPhotography
Shirley TwohigWall quilts
Cindy VandeverWildflower cards
Naldo & Svarga VazzaJewelry
David WalburnMusic CD’s
Kim WaldmanCards & tote bags