Great Falls’ first ArtsFest kicks off this weekend

The first ArtsFest MONTANA kicks off in Great Falls on Aug. 23.

The event is hosted by the Great Falls Improvement District in partnership with Visit Great Falls Montana and NeighborWorks Great Falls.

Mural festival idea developing for Great Falls

During the festival, artists will install a minimum of three large scale murals on buildings in downtown Great Falls and the BID is inviting property owners within the district to apply to have their buildings considered for the public art.

Cameron Moberg, an internationally known artist, is returning and will install one of the new murals during the festival. He’ll collaborate with Montana artists on the other murals.

Moberg was in Great Falls last fall painting murals on the side of the Hi-Line Climbing Center and Dragonfly Dry Goods.

Visit Great Falls Montana, the local tourism office, has complied a suggested itinerary for the ArtsFest weekend.

Property owners in the downtown district were able to submit applications to have murals installed on their buildings. Moberg is also working with property owners outside the downtown for potential murals.

ArtsFest MONTANA will also include a walking tour downtown on Aug. 24. Tickets are now on sale for $25 and each tour is limited to 20 people.

The tour begin at the statue of Charlie Russell and his horse, Monte. Participants will be treated to some history of the arts in Great Falls. From there participants will walk from one location, to the next, viewing existing artwork and murals that are being installed during ArtsFest MONTANA 2019.

Tickets for the 11 a.m. tour are available here.

The festival includes an artists workshop to introduce Montana artists to the “how to” of installation of large scale projects and what an artist should be able to charge for mural work.

Moberg will lead the workshop from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 23.

Internationally known muralist adding art to downtown Great Falls

“Artists will leave this workshop with the tools they need to create large scale projects,” according to the BID. “Our goal is that these same artists will be involved in our future ArtsFest events.”

Already this week, the latest traffic signal box artwork by Leaf Argotti was installed on the corner of 1st Avenue North and 9th Street.

Local artists Kyndra Buglione and Dodie Pinski installed new artwork on the BID’s trash enclosures on 1st Ave South in front of Ferrin’s Furniture.