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Holidays mean having fun, sharing and enjoying the beauty of art and community. The Culture Crawl will begin split season from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, December 11, in downtown Hamilton.

The sites will have their doors open for community members to experience the holiday arts the Montana way and offer opportunities to purchase unique gifts. Be sure to grab a Culture Crawl punch card, tour the venue, and hand it in for a chance to win a gift basket full of Artist’s Holiday items.

Art Focus, 215 Main Street, presents its third annual holiday miniature show. This year, they present more than 20 artists and 40 small works of art. This exhibition, which has become a staple of the gallery, is devoted to small-scale works, each piece measuring less than 14 “by 14”. The huge roster of over 20 participating artists guarantees a wide range of styles and themes. “Small Works” is a wonderful opportunity to see a wide variety of artwork from artists you already love as well as artists you haven’t yet discovered! This exhibition will run from December 1 to January 31.

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Montana Bliss Artworks, 701 Main, features the digital work of Bobbi Dye on her show called “Backyard Birds”. Digital drawing is very similar to traditional illustration, it is like drawing but the pencil is a mouse. With quick sketches for composition, reference photos, and the magic of Adobe Illustrator, images are created. She is originally from Hamilton and the fifth generation from Montanan. His background in art and experience in commercial design contributed to his unique and creative imagery. His work will be exhibited throughout the month of December. Make sure to stop by and talk to him during Culture Crawl. Arthur Kostuk will also be playing Holiday Favorites on the piano in the gallery as well. It will be a great day to enjoy art and music.

Barbara Liss Concrete Sculpting Studio, 101 S. 7th St., has a particular artistic experience in the works. It is a piece designed and created by Liss and her intern Emily Ziegler. It is nine feet long and you have to see it to appreciate the collaborative effort these two artists make. You can’t miss this preview of their progress.

ClayWorks! In the Bitterroot at 325 Main Street is a studio and gallery that features locally made clay art. This month, the studio will be holding a pot sale. Various artists will exhibit their pots and other terracotta gift items. Do not forget to consult the schedule of the courses offered. A class gift card is a great way to share the clay art experience!

Chapter One Bookstore, 252 Main Street, celebrates the holidays with a special book signing from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The author, Finnish VK, will highlight his book series for middle school students, The Discoveries of Arthur Gray. It brings together mystery, adventure, fantasy and legend in a modern story full of twists and turns and fun! Perfect for all the young adventure seekers on your list.

Art City, 407 Main St., is an artist-run gallery showcasing local arts and crafts. This month, they are celebrating their 42nd annual Holiday Open House. Stop during Culture Crawl and discover the impressive selection of unique art gifts.

Leisa Lewis Studio and Gallery, 701 Main Street, will host “Pause for Poetry” from 11 am to noon. Sit back and enjoy the work of our local poets.

To support the free art program Exploring the Arts-Youth in the Bitterroot, the special ARTree will be on display in the Leisa Lewis Gallery in December. Stop and enjoy the tree full of homemade ornaments. If you donate to the program, you will be able to choose an ornament to take home for your tree. Thank you for supporting the art of young people in the Bitterroot.

The Cherry St. Café, 225 Main St., will be open for Culture Crawl. The cafe offers an individually selected dining experience choosing from thirteen different fresh ingredients. Put it all together and enjoy your own delicious and fun creation! There will be a special Ham and Swiss Crepe with a creamy Dijon honey sauce. Also, smoothies, coffees and a great and exciting indoor space. In addition, while you feast from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m., you can enjoy live music by Rémi Gits.

Consult the punched card to know the places participating in the cultural exploration and the draw for the gift basket. Bring the family and discover all the arts in downtown Hamilton on the Saturday Cultural Exploration and support our growing local arts community.

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