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BACC offers a spectrum of hands-on creative workshops and lectures– all led by seasoned artisans and subject matter experts within their fields.

Homeschool Integrated Art Program

Art-infused learning for K-4

Hands on integrated learning with art! Back in Session January 5th!

Homeschool Integrated Art Program

Unique multi media painting class!

Pour painting with local artist, Annie Allen -AM class

Unleash your creative expression; from drawing to unique medium techniques! Annie Allen’s creative flow workshops will lead participants through experimentation with the use of water, paint pouring and dye interactions. The results are limitless; as participants learn to utilize multiple surfaces such as as, canvas, fibers, mineral paper and recycled plastic pellet paper. The magical expressions from the reactions of these surfaces and mediums create the ultimate freedom of creative expression and food for the art-lover’s soul.

 Our workshop leader, Annie Allen ,is a visual artist born and raised in Havre, Montana. Living in the mountains and absorbing the beauty that surrounds her, Annie is a teacher, a storyteller, and a promoter of the human spirit.

 

Unique multi media painting class!

Unique multi-media painting class!

Pour painting with local artist, Annie Allen; PM class

Unleash your creative expression; from drawing to unique medium techniques! Annie Allen’s creative flow workshops will lead participants through experimentation with the use of water, paint pouring and dye interactions. The results are limitless; as participants learn to utilize multiple surfaces such as as, canvas, fibers, mineral paper and recycled plastic pellet paper. The magical expressions from the reactions of these surfaces and mediums create the ultimate freedom of creative expression and food for the art-lover’s soul.

 Our workshop leader, Annie Allen ,is a visual artist born and raised in Havre, Montana. Living in the mountains and absorbing the beauty that surrounds her, Annie is a teacher, a storyteller, and a promoter of the human spirit.

Unique multi-media painting class!

Artist Spotlight

Born in Laredo, Montana, on a small working farm/ranch, led to the benefit of understanding the rhythms of the earth. Understanding that humans suffer and rejoice from the energy of the land. Vital energy existing in land, animals, water, and minerals connects our hearts to nature. Humans need connection. They need language and they need the arts to express this language when there are no words.

"I spill watercolor and batik dyes on various surfaces, such as watercolor paper, muslin cloth, yupo (polypropylene) paper, mineral paper and canvas. This is followed by applications of acrylics which alter the state of the watercolor and dyes."

(c. https://annieallenart.com/ BACC is looking forward to offering workshops with Annie this winter!

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Annie Allen Clark / Artist and workshop leader.

Meet our Instructors

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Annie Allen Clark

Artist and workshop leader.

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Annie Allen Clark

Born in Laredo, Montana, on a small working farm/ranch, led to the benefit of understanding the rhythms of the earth. Understanding that humans suffer and rejoice from the energy of the land. Vital energy existing in land, animals, water, and minerals connects our hearts to nature. Humans need connection. They need language and they need the arts to express this language when there are no words.

"I spill watercolor and batik dyes on various surfaces, such as watercolor paper, muslin cloth, yupo (polypropylene) paper, mineral paper and canvas. This is followed by applications of acrylics which alter the state of the watercolor and dyes."

(c. https://annieallenart.com/ BACC is looking forward to offering workshops with Annie this winter!

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Terrisa Olson

Artist and workshop leader.

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Terrisa Olson

Terrisa is a popular artist and BACC workshop leader!

Terrisa was born and raised in Billings, Mt. As a child she spent summers visiting her Aunt and Uncle's farm in Pryor,Mt. on the Crow Reservation. 
She was greatly influenced  during these visits, gaining a love for the mountains, wildlife and farm life.
  Terrisa is an enrolled member of the Crow Tribe, with  roots  deep in Montana's history.
Terrisa's initial medium was watercolor but through the years has added pastels, acrylics, collage and inks. 
Terrisa has a line of greeting cards, " dipper Cards" and a line of stickers, " Montana Stickers" found at several retailers in Montana.
Terrisa is a Signature member of the Montana Watercolor Society and her work was selected to be in the up-coming Water Media Show at the Hockaday Museum of Art, Kalispell, Mt. She has recently been in the " Our Town Show", Dana Gallery, Missoula,Mt. and the "Resilience Show" at the Bigfork Art and Cultural Center.
Terrisa is an art instructor, in the past she donated, time to teach art at the Rattlesnake  Elementary School. Missoula Mt.  and currently teaches from her home and ships lessons to rural area's in Montana.
 
 
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Tammy Grilley

Artist and felt workshop leader.

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Tammy Grilley

Tammy is a long-time Bigfork resident and incredible workshop facilitator!

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William Smith

Graphic designer by trade. Artist and teacher by heart.

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William Smith

I have been an artist my whole life. At a young age I would draw every day for hours. I experimented with pencil, charcoal, pen and ink and finally developed a passion for oil painting. I pursed my artistic passion through art classes in school and commercial art classes in high school where everything changed. After receiving a A.A.S. in Commercial Art from Ferris State University, my career took me from newspaper editorial illustration, to design agencies and eventually to owner and creative director of a successful marketing communications firm in Michigan, from which I retired. My wife and I moved to Montana where I began my latest career in Bigfork, designing full-time for an award-winning creative firm. In my spare time, I work in my home studio putting brush to canvas using the beauty that surrounds me for creative inspiration.

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Pamela Beer

Artist and workshop leader.

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Pamela Beer

"Spacious Joy, with emotion, with humor, with love...always" is Pamela Beer's motto!

Pam grew up as a creative personality coming from a life that demanded more 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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Grace Powell

Owner Cranky Goose Hill Farm

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Welcome to Cranky Goose Hill Farm located on the west shore of Flathead Lake in northwestern Montana. We are a small urban farm located in the center of the community of Lakeside committed to providing locally grown cut flowers. 

Started in 2020, our farm was created to fulfill a lifelong desire to be able to farm and provide the beautiful blooms that have always brought me happiness to others.  This lifelong passion has resulted in a ever-expanding collection of annual and perennial blooms. The farm started as a way to provide blooms for ourselves and has grown into my dream job of providing fresh locally grown flowers to our community. 

Cranky Goose strives to provide affordable stunning arrangements and wholesale blooms for just about any occasion that are the epitome of fresh, sustainable, and organically grown. 

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Brianne Aho

Owner and bakery artist of Bakes & Cakes by Brie

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Brianne Aho

I am Brie, the face behind the bakes and cakes. I am so excited you are here! I cannot wait to dream up something delicious for you. 

I am blessed to wear many hats; mom to a rambunctious two year old, wife to a mountain man, friend to some amazing humans, daughter, sister, outdoor enthusiast, and baker.  

 My passion for baking started early. I started taking cake classes in high school and have continued to soak up as much information as I can ever since. I am a lifelong learner, thrilled to learn new skills and master them. I have spent the last year diving in and making this passion a profession! 

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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.

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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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