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Our Exhibits are created to share innovation through the arts & educate and inspire from cultural and historical perspectives. We seek to be a catalyst for our community as we innovate, collaborate, support, and inspire!

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The Human - Nature Relationship

Gallery Hours Tuesday- Saturday 10- 5:30


BACC Gallery Exhibits

Bigfork Village Nights

Join us this summer as we welcome new artists to BACC!


BACC Summer Fundraiser

Celebrating the ART of living in Bigfork!

August 6th 5:30-8:30 PM

2024 fund

Past Exhibit

Elizabeth Showachert & Kim Filiaggi

Kim and Elizabeth’s partnership melds two distinct artistic styles, resulting in a collection of meticulously crafted ceramics that showcase the natural beauty of Montana wildlife. 

With her expert throwing and glazing skills, Kim leads the way in this collaboration. Residing in Bigfork, MT, Kim is a seasoned professional known for her precise technique and dedication to her craft. Each piece she creates embodies nature's essence and showcases her mastery and personal touch. 

Complementing Kim's pottery expertise is Elizabeth's hand-painted original sgraffito imagery, which adds a unique layer of artistry to this collaborative work. Nestled in Montana's scenic landscapes, Elizabeth draws inspiration from the beauty surrounding her. Her designs, seamlessly blend with Kim's pottery, creating pieces that represent a harmonious fusion of nature and artistry. 

This collaboration reflects a commitment to excellence in their respective roles and a shared passion for highlighting the beauty of nature.


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Emerging artist: Brooke Gavelle

Running May 16th - June 3rd !

Art as a mirror that reflects and shapes our understanding.  Art is a captivating process that speaks to us in a language that transcends words and cultures. It can stretch our minds and capture our hearts.  Whether visual, muscial, movement, or other, "art prompts us to question our own beliefs, values, and experiences. It invites us to ponder life's mysteries and discover new facets of our own being" MB



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Annual Student Art Exhibit

Come out and support our local youth exhibiting their hearts through their artwork!


CALL for ARTWORK/closed

The Human-Nature Relationship

CALL for 2D or 3D ART, DIGITAL, or LITERARY work that captures the relationships we have with nature.

We are looking for:
Artistic Expressions of the Human-nature relationships. Work that helps us explore the complexities of the human-environmental interface that impacts our well-beings.


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Sundowner @BACC cohosted w/ Bigfork Ladies Service Club

Join us as we share about BACC and BLSC in the Bigfork Community.  Drinks and treats provided by BLSC.  Mocktails provided by BACC.  View our new exhibit: Flathead valley images by Craig Solin.  Take a journey through his photography that captures the essence of our Flathead Valley and Glacier National Park!

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Sunday Lecture Series w/ Zac Peters & Eric Krown //February 11th 2-4 pm

Get ready to unlock the secrets of estate planning with Zac Peters and Eric Krown from Peters & Krown, PLLC! This dynamic duo is hosting a workshop that's all about the nitty-gritty of wills, trusts, and other super important documents. They'll guide you through every step of the process, and trust us, it won't be boring! You'll learn the questions to ask, which documents to get your hands on, and how to customize your plan to nail your goals. And the best part? Everything will be in plain English so that you don't need a law degree to keep up


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Culture Talks with Aspen & Cameron Decker// sponsored by Humanities Montana

February 23rd-24th join us for an educational and inspiring presentation:

Aspen and Cameron Decker, are the owners of Xʷlxʷilt, LLC,
which translates to "alive and well" in Salish language. They are
committed to providing resources for schools and institutions
to integrate Indigenous language, art and other cultural ways
of knowing into curriculum and programming. Together we
have over 20 years of experience in Tribal education.


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Bigfork Village Gingerbread Contest Welcome to the First Annual Bigfork Village Gingerbread contest and auction.  All profits go towards scholarships for highschool students going into the construction industry.  Click below for details!



Bigfork Village Nights

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Nov. 18th, Feel the warmth of small town holidays!  Traditionally, all of Bigfork celebrates the holidays by decorating downtown, and evening Art/stroll on Electric avenue and then the tree lighting at 7:00 pm


BACC Holiday Party

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The Board of Directors and staff wish to invite our community to celebrate the season—and our local youth—with a night of great treats from Buckaroo Catering, spirits & good cheer.  Enjoy the creative gingerbread designs and support our local you as we auction these amazing works of edible art & support local youth.  All profits from the auction will go towards these scholarships.

Admission is free and any donations are greatly appreciated!


Unique Boutique Sip 'n shop

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Meet our local aritsans as they create holiday gifts for you!

Select from unique jewelry, woodwork, hand-painted cards, ornaments & MORE!

We are launching our new memberships Dec 5th. Become a member and all shop items 20% off Dec 16th only.


Scarecrow Competition!

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This year we will decorate downtown Bigfork with your creative scarecrow ideas. All members of the public are invited to participate in this scarecrow competition. Your scarecrow may be chosen to line the streets of Bigfork during the Month of October: The deadline for notice of entries October 3rd. Your scarecrow must be delivered to the BACC on October 12th. They will be staged downtown on October 13th. In time for Tamarack Times festival on October 14th.

The creators of the winning scarecrows receive prizes!

  • Scarecrows in the Bigfork is a family-friendly show of scarecrow creations. Please keep your creations family friendly!
  • All entries must have a body, arms, legs and don’t forget to include some straw!
  • Your scarecrow must be weather-resistant.
  • Send your intent (name, or names, ages, concept ideas) to participate to by October 3rd.
  • Scarecrows must be finished and delivered to BACC on October 12th between 10am-4pm.

Past exhibit

Montana Watercolor Society Show

Montana Watercolor Society 

at Bigfork Art & Cultural Center:

50 watercolor paintings from around the country juried by  renowned watercolorist Iain Stewart 

Opening Reception Oct. 6, 5-7 pm  

Artist talk by Iain at 6 pm 


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BACC participates in Tamarack Times of Bigfork- October 14th

This year, BACC will be providing the kids activities.


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Ceramics of David Shaner and the glass & metal work of Lee Proctor: "Bridging the gap between Art & Life

Closes Sept 27th.


This is a great opportunity to support your Valley-wide nonprofits!

Starts in August 2024

The BACC's 2023 fundraising goal is 75k. This helps us staff our center, run creative programs, educational lectures, homeschool & public school outreach, & continue to build our popular living history project. We are grateful to be able to serve our community!


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Bridging the Gap Between Art & Life: The work of David Shaner and NEW blown glass artwork by our local artist Lee Proctor

Join us for this once in a lifetime exhibit of the rare David Shaner Ceramics ( some can be seen in the Smithsonian catalogue).  You will also see brand new blown glass art by our Nationally renown local artist Lee Proctor!


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The Nature of Montana

Due to the popularity of the current exhibit, "The Nature of Montana" will be extended through August! New artwork is being added weekly! Come check out this show and find your favorite part of Montana while supporting our LOCAL artists!


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Student Art from the Salish Kootenai College Fine Arts Program

The SKC Art Department, embedded in an ­indigenous worldview, provides a solid foundation for students desiring to pursue a career in Fine Arts. The diversity of this unique program, with its rich cultural foundation and nationally and internationally recognized faculty, provides one of the most dynamic Native American and Studio Arts facilities in Montana. 


BHP (BACC) history Project Presentation

Check back with us for the next presentation announcements!

5:30pm Monday May 15th:     you are welcome to join us for a special BACC history project presentation exploring what reminders of our ancesters activities lies beneath our Flathead Waters.


2023 Calendar

2023 Exhibit Openings

April 4th, 5:30-7pm. "Young at Art".   Local youth exhibit their amazing work!

May 9th, 5:30-7pm. "Art as Therapy" w Annie Allen.

June 13th, 5:30-7pm. Art Collaboration w SKC (Salish Kootenai College). Student and Staff art exhibit.

July 11th, 5:30-7pm. "Our Flathead area wildlife -Artist Perspectives"
Month-long exhibit activities include Bibler Gardens tour and Plein Air outings.

Sept 1st  "Then & Now" Harry Endsley shares his families collection of David Shaner's ceramics work alongside new work by our local glass artist Lee Proctor.


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Past Exhibits

Annie Allen Art Journey

During this unique exhibit opening reception, artist Annie Allen will
take us through her journey of expressing and teaching through art.
Through innovative methods, Annie gently guides her audience and
students through the creative process which engages the mind,
body, and spirit in ways that are distinct from verbal articulation
alone.Her unique approach explores the interfaces of kinesthetic
sensory, perceptual, and symbolic opportunities.
Through her incredible play with color, figures, and even mystical characters,
Annie's audiences and students explore their visual and symbolic
expression. This journey could be considered art as therapy as it gives voice
to personal experience and empowers individual communal, and even for some art expressions; cultural or societal transformation.


Call for Artists/

Deadline past, exhibit full!

BACC invites you to share your 2D, 3D and digital art expressing the beauty of our Montana wildlife and landscapes.

Applications due by May 22nd.


Past Exhibits

Student Art Show

Support our amazing Bigfork area youth art!


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Cultures and Lands in Transition as seen through the Lens of Bruce Miller

About Bruce:

Bruce Miller is a native Montanan now Idaho-based professional photographer and owner of Naturally Wild Photography®. He travels extensively throughout Africa, Asia and Arctic regions in pursuit of compelling images. His photos have been published and used by wildlife conservation organizations, Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), such as the Economic Institute for the Empowerment of Women (Kigali, Rwanda), and Bwindi Orphanage & Watoto School in Uganda.

Bruce has traveled on assignment for Photographers Without Borders® and his human-elephant conflict project work is featured on the Sri Lanka Wildlife Conservation Society website ( and Photographers Without Borders® publications.

He has donated images for publication in African Wildlife Federation as well as supported Elephants Without Borders (Botswana), Borneo Orangutan Conservation, India Tiger Conservation, and Gorongosa Restoration Project (Greg Carr Foundation). Three of Bruce’s Africa images were selected and published in the Africa Geographic 2017 Yearbook and was an Africa Geographic Photographer of the Year finalist for 2019. Numerous other images have been published by various wildlife organizations and other media outlets.

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Mysteries in The Flathead: Maritime Archeology by Kyren Zimmerman

Opening reception and lecture: November 8th

Kyren is currently developing an ROV program here in the valley. Teaming up with the Bigfork Art & Cultural Center and Julie Bottum, funding was awarded for an introductory archeological study of Flathead Lake.  Kyren and a specialized group of local historians are collaborating to survey submerged indigenous historic sites.  His ROV program includes partnering with Sea Scouts, a program sponsored by Boy Scouts of America. This program educates youth about our local shipwrecks and how they too can contribute to documenting Flathead history. 

So, what historical treasures is Flathead Lake hiding?  Pursuing marine archaeology and science communications will always be what drives Kyren to explore what is below the surface.  Should you share these interests, you do not need to travel far.  The thrill of finding lost history could be right outside your backdoor.  


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Local Abstract Artist "Pamela Beer"

Pam grew up as a creative personality coming from a life that demanded more of a focus on survival than the expression of her creativity.

Each feeling of excitement, burst of pleasure, or dreams of laughter were squelched by the need to navigate through the challenges of being raised rural and poor along with the challenges stemming from that environment.

Through sheer determination and a long career in technology, she finally burst onto the art scene in 2013 with a renewed spirit to make things that brought joy and completeness, not only for herself but to bring uplifting moments to others.

Each work takes many weeks to complete and begins with several layers of an oil paint and cold wax mixture applied with squeegees onto wood cradled panels. More layering and subsequent colors are applied with soft brayers for an effect that is simultaneously bold and subtle.

Her designs often begin chaotic and stormy only to end up in a very joyful dance that emanates from each work.

Life creates her work and she makes whatever resinates in the current.

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Past exhibits

JP Kelley: Early Montana

J.P.’s bronze sculptures 

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Event Dates & Information

«July 2024»

Schoolhouse Corner

Founded in 1893, The Swan River School has been a beloved landmark in the Bigfork community for over 125 years. In the spring semester of 2018, the students of Mrs. Emslie’s 5th grade glass undertook a project to tell part of their school’s rich history, in the form of short video documentaries that they researched, wrote, shot, and edited themselves.


Bigfork Art / Cultural Center

We are an creative and educational hub in Bigfork that inspires people of all ages through a wide variety of workshops, lectures, and learning opportunities. BACC shares cultures through art and story stewardship. This is BACC’s way of bridging the connection between our past and the future we wish for our children, ourselves, and our world. As determined by the Internal Revenue Service Code, Bigfork Art and Cultural Center is a 501(c)3 organization, exempt from federal income tax. Bigfork Art and Cultural Center's tax identification number is 366212000. 

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Bigfork, Montana