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Roots Fest artist line-up released

Live music undoubtedly enjoys the greatest spotlight at the annual River City Roots Festival.

But anyone who ever spends time downtown during the massive two-day event can attest to the prominence of the arts and crafts show.

With several aisles of booths lining both sides of Main Street, you don’t have to be a collector to have a great time browsing the various styles and formats on display. Heck, you don’t really even have to know much about art at all!

This year more than three dozen different local and regional artists will be featured at the juried art show. And we’re not just talking about the traditional fine arts like paintings, pottery and photographer (though there will be plenty of that.) Organizers this year have expanded the show to include more alternative means of visual expression: fused glass, metal arts, wood instruments and even “wearables”!

This year also marks the return of Missoula’s own The Clay Studio with an opportunity to create your own clay pottery!

The art show runs 11 am to 7 pm on Friday and Saturday, August 25-26, on the 100 block of West Main Street in downtown Missoula.

Here’s this year’s line-up:

Arlon Rosenoff: Oil painting

Blystone Forge: Metalwork

Brookie Bands: Wearables

Carol Fah: Cloth art dolls

Christina Hayden: Wearables

Damien Settlen: Real butterfly wing jewelry

Dan Abernathy: Jewelry

Fiddle Stix: Wood instruments

Diane Olhoeft: Painted silk and paintings

Dona Boggs Aitken: Woodworking

Eric Reese: Nature photography

Greg Richardson: Woodworking

Ivette Fina Art (Ivette Kjelsrud): Painting

Jeremy McFarlane: Pottery

Jessie Smith: Paintings and illustrations

John K. Mercer Photography: Landscape and wilderness photography

Joseph Burke: Woodworking

Keira Masters: Jewelry

Kim Shirley: Textile arts

Lee Walker: Acrylic painting

Lisa Ernst: Pottery

Mandy Mohler: Photography

Merle Ann Loman: Fine art nature photography

Montana Bismuth Creations; Metal art, jewelry and clocks

Mountain Moon Handbags: Sewn bags

Paul Tunkis: Watercolor paintings

Peter Zalewski: Photography/mixed media

Rowan Nyman: Photography

Sue Cooperman: Fused glass

The Clay Studio: Ceramics (make-your-own pottery)

Turtle Klaus: Hand engraving/jewelry

Wander & Rain: Resin jewelry

White Pelican Designs: Jewelry

For more details, including links to more detailed artist information, click HERE.

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