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Alpine Artisans, Inc.
P.O. Box 841
Seeley Lake, MT 59868
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Hone your art, drama, dance or musical skills this summer

Youth Arts Grants
Senior Scholarship

Applications due by Apr. 26th

Position Posting
2 Valleys Stage Program Director 
Applications due by May 1st
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Painting For A Dream Workshop
May 26th and 27th

Tara Houston
Wildlife Mixed Media

At Rich Ranch

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Tour of the Arts

Alpine Artisans welcomes you to a self-guided tour of artists' studios, galleries and museums through the Seeley-Swan and Blackfoot Valleys of western Montana. Visits are welcome all year long, by appointment.

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Painting For A Dream: 2-Day Resident Art Workshop

We Paint. We help others DREAM.

Resident Artist Workshops in Seeley Lake, MT.  Memorial Day weekend and in the Fall. We bring in successful working artists to teach and inspire artists of any level. Spend two days “at the Ranch” and it will give you a lifetime of inspiration!

Co-hosted by the Rich's Montana Guest Ranch and Alpine Artisans. Student scholarship fundraiser now in its 5th year, supporting budding student artists in pursuit of creativity. Past instructors: Karen Leigh, Pat Branting, Wendy Marquis, T.J. Lynde and Tricia Bass, and Julie Wulf.

May 26th and 27th, 2018, 9 am - 4 pm
Tara Houston - Wildlife Mixed Media
At Rich Ranch

The workshop fee is $200 per person. Workshop registration will close when the workshop registrations total 12 OR one week prior to the workshop, May 18th. The cancellation fee is $20., if requested, 30 days prior to workshop. No refunds will be issued within 15 days of workshop.

May 26-27 Workshop with Tara Houston

Tara Houston is a Element Artist and along with being a fine artist, she is an illustrator, muralist, instructor, and author. She is a self-taught artist that grew up in the Pacific Northwest, a prime location to study and be inspired by nature. Tara aspires to be the best possible artist for the higher good and, through her art, bring inspiration, enchantment, and enlightenment to all those around her. She encourages everyone to create beauty everyday.

About her art:
"My art is a direct reflection of mother nature and my years of adventures among her great landscape. I work to bring all four elements: earth, water, air, and fire; together to create works of beauty that will inspire, enchant, and enlighten others to the raw emotion and authentic power of the world around us."


Pat Branting
Fall 2018 - Dates to be announced
At Rich Ranch

Pat Branting’s artistic vision began with the unique light and forms of the sand hills, and prairies of her native Nebraska.  After graduating from the University of Nebraska with a BA in education and an art minor, a move to Montana in the mid-70’s opened her eyes to the spectacular scenery and abundant wildlife in a region surrounded by Yellowstone, Teton and Glacier National Parks.

During Pat’s teaching career of 34 years, she continued her own painting and participated in workshops and classes from professional artists within her geographical area. Following retirement from teaching she is painting fulltime.

Pat’s passionate connection to the land and to the animals inhabiting it have come from many years of hiking, observing, and photographing her corner of the Rocky Mountain West.  These themes comprise the majority of her most current work.

Upcoming Events Include: A Crane Trust Gallery; Wood River, NE, A Moment in Time; Old Main Gallery, Bozeman, MT, Montana Miniatures; Out West Show, Great Falls, MT and Out West Art Show and Sale, Great Falls.

On her painting methods:
"I am passionate about the study of light and the intriguing shapes and patterns created by light. I love watching the early morning or late evening light create interesting shapes and colorful patters of light.

Even though I paint realistically, I look for abstract shapes, drama, and the mood that light creates on the chosen subject matter. Because natural light reveals underlying color that isn’t possible with artificial light, I spend much of my time in the outdoors observing light. Mastery of light on subjects is important to the mood I’d like to convey. Whether it is the beautiful Montana landscapes, wildlife or portraits, light is the all-important ingredient."

Fall 2018 workshop registration information to be announced.




Highlights from Spring 2017 Workshop with Julie Wulff


The Painting For A Dream Workshop memories, skills and confidence gained will last forever! The Rich Ranch is the perfect venue for inspiration! Join us and expand your palette.


Purchase A Painting For A Dream Workshop Apron!

These are available to registrants of the Painting for a Dream Workshop for $25 each, to be picked up on site. They will be available for sale at the workshop too. Limited quantities.

Painting For A Dream Apron