TWIN BRIDGES – Local artists now have a new place to show their wares and residents have a place where they can explore their artistic talents.
Earlier this summer the River’s Edge Gallery and Art Center opened in Twin Bridges and 18 Montana artists have pieces on display, said Tracey Pearce, one of the organizers of the art center.
The goal of opening the art center was three-fold, Pearce said.
First, the art center would be a good use of space for an empty Main Street building. Secondly, the gallery will give the many local artists a place to sell their art. And third, the art center will allow artists and residents to come together to take art classes, she said.
The art currently on display ranges from metal art, to oil paintings to woodworking, Pearce said.
The business is staffed by artists and volunteers and have had about 100 visitors since they opened about a month ago, she said.
The idea for the center came, in part, from other similar places around Montana, said Therese Hutchinson, who worked with Pearce on getting the center going.
Hutchinson looked at several different models for the art center, but her main desire was to have a place both to sell art and take classes, she said.
“I’ve been kind of dreaming about it for quite awhile,” Hutchinson said.
The project was done with the support of the Twin Bridges Community Association, she said. The gallery takes a 20 percent commission from the price of pieces sold. The idea is to give a portion of that commission back to the community foundation, but the details of that are still to be worked out.
Artists displayed at the gallery are chosen through a juried process, Pearce said.
The center will be hosting a grand opening and artist’s reception Aug. 13 from 5 to 7. Both Pearce and Hutchinson encourage people to stop by and meet the artists and learn more about the center. They expect to be offering classes within a couple of weeks and have regular classes scheduled throughout the year.
For more information about the River’s Edge Gallery and Art Center, call 684-5111 or stop by. The hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10 to 6.
Also, both Pearce and Hutchinson pointed out that the art center is open only because of the generosity of many volunteers, who have done everything from building projects, painting and working the gallery.