Bitter Root Arts Guild Extravaganza Christmas Show November 5, 6 | Local News
The Bitter Root Arts Guild’s Christmas Extravaganza Show will be held at the Ravalli County Fairgrounds, First Interstate Building, on November 5-6.
“We are bigger and better than ever,” said Trish Becker, President of BRAG. “All of our artists live in Montana and all of their designs are handmade. We have a range of some of the best artisans and artists that Montana and the Bitterroot Valley have to offer.
The BRAG event will include a raffle with wonderful creations brought in by the vendors and the proceeds will go to Braggarts, BRAG’s arts program. BRAG’s mission is “to increase knowledge and encourage participation in all art forms for its members and the general public”.
“We do this through our Braggarts program, our education fund that we draw on to support arts education, workshops and classes,” Becker said. “We are proud to partner with Artists Along the Bitterroot to deliver arts education programs in the Bitterroot Valley.
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The Extravaganza Christmas Show will feature tastings of craft spirits from Willie’s Distillery, succulent dishes from the Moose Creek BBQ and drinks from Marley’s Bar.
There will be 68 vendor booths including Aspen Grove Farm, Love the Colors Stained Glass, True North Focus Designs, The Happy Porcupine, Wild Turkey Acres, Eagle Arts Pottery, Calamity Janes’ Wild West, Scroll Saw Projects, Dazzling Designs by Stacie , Ezette Zikan Designs, Big Sky Boho, Hippie Ki-Yay Herbal Products, Mountain Reins Artwork, Mark’s Woodworking, Into the Woods, etc. Eclectic Collections, Carolyn’s Country Creations, Mary’s Crafts, Hillside Designs, Old Barn Studios, Dirty Bird, Pine and Sage Candles, BMS Photography, M&C Creations, Valk 9 Designs, Big Sky Coin Rings, An Aging Rockaholic, Hank’s Woods and Goods, Wildflower Confectionery, Cuir Bitterroot, Cindi Jo’s Creations, Beadniks and Puppet Pandemonium, Aspen Hot Glass, Chuck the Fly Guy, Mountain Creek Scents, Copper Mountain Forge, Lavender with Love, The Woolen Ewe, My Heart Dog Creations, Kitt Bijoux yKat, Wilderness Spirit Art Studio, Norma Lee Pfaff Fine Arts, Cassity Patterson Photography, Little Tin Cup Farm, Tomorrow’s Heirlooms, Nikko’s Chocolates, The Mitten Lady, Dream in Color Gallery, Shirley Anderson Art, Original Cartoons and Vichy Unicorn, as well as Moose Creek BBQ, Willie’s Distillery and Marley’s Bar.
Creations will include artwork, woodworking art, drying balls, woven rugs, tea towels, gnomes, stained glass, mason jars of rustic distressed floral arrangements, crafted wooden boxes handmade, clothes, chocolates, truffles, jams and syrups, masks, aprons, baskets, cards, notes, jewelry, ornaments, felted wool mittens, signs, pottery, jackets, scarves and boxes coffee.
There will also be organic beans, a salsa mix, wooden puzzles, rock rugs, mosaics, shelves, wardrobes, doll furniture, leather handbags, hats, painted galvanized pewter and letterboxes, puppets, wreaths, wreaths for all occasions, blown glass, handmade fishing flies, soaps, lotions, skin care, wooden kitchen utensils, photography, picture frames, lavender, hand knitted clothing, candy cane wreaths, night lights, crochet and knitted items and baked goods. Plus birdhouses, hand painted steel pans, wooden cutting boards, candles, Lazy Susan’s, sushi boards, sun catchers, pet beds, pet accessories handbags, scrubs, wooden flower arrangements, leather handbags and much more.
Visit the Bitter Root Arts Guild’s Facebook page to see photos of all the great creations.
The BRAG event will have hand sanitizer stations as well as personal spray hand sanitizers provided upon entry, while supplies last.
“We ask people to follow the safety guidelines, have a good time and be kind,” Becker said. “BRAG is a non-profit organization and all of our profits benefit the arts and people in our community. Make a list and come shop with us.
Becker said everyone helps with big projects, BRAG has 58 members and is getting stronger.
“Each of our members has something to offer, BRAG is proud and honored to share the best of the Bitterroot Valley and Western Montana with all of our neighbors,” said Becker. “As our valley grows, so do we. Thank you all, creators and appreciators, for being a part of our wonderful and thriving arts community. “
The Bitter Root Arts Guild’s Christmas Extravaganza Show, admission free, will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, November 5 and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, November 6 at the First Interstate Building, Ravalli County Park exhibitions, 100 Old Corvallis Rd., Hamilton.
BRAG 2022 shows include the Spring Show, the second Saturday in April; Art in the Park on the second Saturday in July and the Holiday Show on the first Friday and Saturday in November.