About Us

  Connect * Inspire * Preserve 

The Bigfork Art & Cultural Center (BACC) supports Bigfork’s community as a vibrant destination for art, culture and history.

 

Our History

Bigfork has always been an arts town. From its earliest days, Bigfork residents have been artists, artisans, craftsmen, art collectors and art enthusiasts. In 1977, a group of visionary citizens saw the need to build a community center focusing on the arts and ensuring a cultural legacy for Bigfork and the surrounding area. This forward-thinking group included Les and Ginny Averill, Sam Stephens, and Ruth & Joe Sliter, who purchased a gas station and converted it into Bigfork’s first art center!

BACC is still housed in the same spot and over the years we have undergone a number of transformations. One significant addition was the musical clock tower which graces the front of our building. The clock tower has become a local landmark and gathering point.  The clock tower was funded through private donations – supported by a campaign led by Community Foundation for a Better Bigfork, “CFBB” – a local, nonprofit organization responsible for the majority of our village’s infrastructure and improvements.

 

Our Team

Laura Hodge, Executive Director

Laura has always been rooted in community by being a voice for collaboration and making a positive difference for those around her. Her diverse background includes place-based tourism work, community development, and passing legislation to protect the natural landscape. Art is her passion, however – having always been an artist at heart, and always creating, still.

In her mountain home in Tennessee, Laura served as a Director of Tourism and focused on community leadership on various boards and as chairman of the Coker Creek Heritage Group before turning her attention to growing a successful art and fine craft gallery (Coker Creek Gallery) as an accomplished nature and adventure photographer. In 2014 she took on a collaborative effort to protect the mountains around her Coker Creek home through a piece of legislation called The Tennessee Wilderness Act. There, Laura led a diverse coalition of stakeholders through five years of non-stop lobbying to see the bill pass in December of 2018 and 20,000 acres of the Cherokee National Forest become designated as wilderness.

With a passion for big skies, big mountains, and public lands, Montana has always held a special place for Laura and her husband, Bill. They recently relocated to the Flathead Valley from Asheville, North Carolina for his work with the Bob Marshall Wilderness Foundation and are thrilled to call the Swan Front and Bigfork home. They love to explore on foot and in kayaks, often with their dogs in tow and always with way too much camera gear.

 

Holly Wielkoszewski

Holly Wielkoszewski

Board President (2019-2021)

Nancy Kuhn

Nancy Kuhn

Secretary

Whitne Doneen

Whitne Doneen

Treasurer

Beverley Ferguson

Beverley Ferguson

KK Fonteyne

KK Fonteyne

Monique Kleinhans

Monique Kleinhans

Jeannette Rosenberger

Jeannette Rosenberger

Kyle Stetler

Kyle Stetler

Karen Sykes

Karen Sykes

Sarah Taylor

Sarah Taylor

Dax VanFossen

Visit Us

Hours:
BACC is open by appointment through Wed, March 3rd. 

525 Electric Ave
Bigfork, MT 59911

Connect with BACC:

Phone: 406-837-6927 | Email: laura@baccbigfork.org