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Art is in the Spotlight – First Thursdays in Whitefish

July 1st, 2013 by kimtaylor

Look for the Art Spot flag outside of participating galleries and shops.

Look for the Art Spot flag outside of participating galleries and shops.

Gallery Nights, (aka. First Thursday Art Walk), in downtown Whitefish is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year.  From the start, it was hit with locals and visitors alike, I mean what’s not to like about art, entertainment, beautiful Summer evenings & free refreshments?!  This laid back & low key tradition has been gaining traction since its inception on 2003.  Just remember to time your visit to “the Fish” to coincide with the first Thursday of the month if you’re planning to visit anytime between May and October. [One exception: for July, the Art Walk will be on Friday July 5th due to the Independence Day holiday.]

This year’s Gallery Nights has 14 participating art, specialty shops and galleries – (heck there’s even an artisanal pasta shop participating this year!), who swing their doors wide open and offer special art exhibits, (often with artist right there to talk about their artwork, techniques and to get them out of their studios), and most galleries offer free snacks and libations to their visitors. All of the participants are within a two block radius of Central Ave, the main drag of downtown Whitefish.  It makes a wonderful evening to stroll around to the various galleries and shops, starting at 6 pm and then head to one of the great Whitefish restaurants for dinner (Local’s tip: in the height of Summer make dinner reservations ahead of time, as this popular event has restaurants and bars hopping.)

Gallery Nights takes place from 6-9 pm and participating galleries have an Art Spot flag outside their shops so they are easily identified.  2013 Participating Galleries:

Mi Casa Pottery [550 E First St.]
Stumptown Art Studio [145 Central Ave.]
Going to the Sun Gallery [137 Central Ave.]
Whitefish Pottery & Stillwater Gallery [240 Central Ave.]
Stephen Isley Jewelry [241 Central Ave.]
The Purple Pomegranate [222 Central Ave.]
Great Northern Pasta [235 Baker Ave.]
Jest Gallery [305 E. 2nd St.]
Local Color Studio [116 Central Ave.]
Piney Creek Interiors [100 Central Ave.]
McGough & Co [131 Central Ave.]
Dick Idol Signature Gallery [238 Central Ave.]
Samarah Fine Art [15 Central Ave.]
The Walking Man [305 Baker Ave.]

The Whitefish Gallery Nights website is: http://whitefishgallerynights.org/
or follow them on Facebook.

This is a great opportunity to support local artists and to bring home a one of a kind memento of your trip to Montana.

Author: Sarah Stewart

Whitefish Pottery “mugs” it up for the Hidden Moose Lodge

April 8th, 2013 by kimtaylor

Whitefish Pottery makes our custom Hidden Moose coffee mugs.

Whitefish Pottery makes our custom Hidden Moose coffee mugs.

Have you ever given any thought to where your coffee mug comes from?  Go ahead, turn over your mug and look, [but make sure it’s empty first – Doh!]  When we were deciding on where to get our coffee mugs for the Hidden Moose Lodge, (important in our line of business),  we decided to “go local”. For many years we’ve been serving our morning coffee to sleepy guests in locally made mugs from Whitefish Pottery.  Tom Gilfillan, [aka. “Tom the Potter”], owner of Whitefish Pottery, is one of the biggest Bruce Springsteen fans we know, [if not THE biggest], and a talented potter as well.   He and his wheel spinning crew hand throw each Hidden Moose logo’d mug and glaze them in a variety of beautiful colors.

Besides Hidden Moose coffee mugs, Whitefish Pottery, make a variety of handcrafted items from cookie jars to wine crocks to serving bowls that are sold in their downtown retail store, Stillwater Gallery.  In addition to their pottery, they also feature wonderful local artwork, crafts and other handmade pottery at their store.

Other “fun facts” about Tom’s business:

  • Whitefish Pottery was commissioned to make the “official” coffee mug for the Glacier National Park Centennial celebration.  How cool is that?
  • You can take a free tour of their pottery studio (about 5 miles from downtown Whitefish), to see how they actually make, fire & glaze their creations.
  • Stillwater Gallery is one of 13 galleries that participate in “Gallery Nights” – Held from May-October each year on the first Thursday of the month in Whitefish.  Local galleries & shops stay open late, lay out free refreshments and feature a variety of special artist exhibitions.
  • Each year Whitefish Pottery holds an anniversary party for the whole community out at the studio location.   This year’s 18th anniversary bash will be on Friday May 10th – with live music, food and libations – it’s always a blast.

Our guests often purchase a Hidden Moose Lodge mug handmade by Whitefish Pottery as a memento of their stay with us.  It’ll not only looks cool on their desk at work, but they swear their coffee tastes better!

For more on Whitefish Pottery visit their website at: www.whitefishpottery.com or find them on Facebook.

Author: Sarah Stewart