Coming Up

Memorial Day Weekend
May 25 - 26

Design by Brandy Wyckoff   

Seeley Lake Community Hall
(north of town on Hwy 83)

Check out the
Schedule of Events
on the Loon and Fish Festival page.

Be sure to read the Seeley Swan Pathfinder article to learn more about this upcoming event.

If you want to know how you might get involved, contact Jenny Rohrer at 406-754-0034 or

 Download the 2019 Loon and Fish Festival Poster

The 2019-2020 Performances have been arranged.
Read about them in the Seeley Swan Pathfinder - May 16 article
Then find 2 Valleys Stage at the Loon and Fish Festival where 2019-20 season tickets will be on sale at a discounted rate of $40 for all categories (regular prices are $45 for seniors and $50 for adults). The Early Loon special ends July 1.

Visit the 2 Valleys Stage page to see the list of up coming events and learn more about last season's performances.



AAI Information

AAI is grateful to everyone who comes out and supports our local artists.

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Donations to AAI support the following programs: Scholarship Fund; Tour of the Arts; Open Book Club; Community Cinema and 2 Valleys Stage. Please contact us if you would like to donate to a specific program.

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Contact AAI


Alpine Artisans, Inc.
P.O. Box 841
Seeley Lake, MT 59868
(406) 754-0034
Email AAI


This event has
"been filled"

event on
Friday, May 24, 6-8 pm, Rich Ranch Lodge

A chance to give watercolor painting a try and have fun while learning a new skill.

Taught by Kris Gullikson  The cost is $40 pp.
BYOB and a friend!
Visit the Uncorked and Creative page to learn more and register.

Open Book Club icon

is having
Richard Fifield
Saturday, June 8, 7 PM
at the Grizzly Claw

in Seeley Lake.
his debut novel.

If you're looking for
other good
reads, check out the

Open Book Club page.

Maclean Festival

September 13 - 14
::::: 2019 :::::

Download the two page brochure above.

or visit the
Maclean Festival Website → 

Order Merchandise →


Youth Grant Program

Alpine Artisans Youth Grants: Students Pursue Art Interests

By ANDI BOURNE, Seeley Swan Pathfinder, June 20, 2013

Every year Alpine Artisans Incorporated (AAI) offers Youth Grants to help students in elementary, middle school and high school attend summer art workshops and camps or pay for art lessons. Art is defined as music, visual arts (drawing, pottery, etc.), drama and dance. This year AAI awarded eight grants enabling area students to pursue a wide variety of art disciplines in the Blackfoot and Seeley-Swan Valleys.

Bob Green (center), SSHS Music Teacher presented Zach Blackburn and Sarai Grace with their AAI Youth Grants and certificates at the SSHS Band Celebration lunch for their Superior Rating at Music Festival. Photo by Andi Bourne.

Two students in Lincoln received awards: Morgan Barker, freshman at Lincoln High School, and Shianne Heubel, eighth grade student at Lincoln Junior High School.

Barker writes in her application, “I have always loved to create things and really would love to be an artist when I grow up.” She has received the grant before and was extremely thankful for the opportunities AAI's support has given her to fulfill her dream of becoming an artist. Barker will be taking three classes at Left Brook Beads in Helena. In the first class she will learn how to sculpt metal clay. The second will teach her how to make basic Peyote bracelets. In the third she will create jewelry using cold connection metal techniques.

Heubel loves to act and sing on stage. She received a Youth Grant to attend the Missoula Children’s Theatre Summer Camp. April Erickson, the Art Teacher in Lincoln, wrote in her letter of reference for Heubel, “As an eighth grade student, Shianne [Heubel] already knows what she wants to do with her life. Regrettably Lincoln doesn’t have a drama department. [Attending the Missoula Children’s Theatre Summer Camps] would give Shianne [Heubel] the chance to shine and use her talents, as well as build her confidence.”

Zach Blackburn and Sarai Grace from Seeley-Swan High School each received a Youth Grant this year to enhance their musical abilities. They have both received grants in the past.

Blackburn will be attending Summer Band Camp at the University of Montana (U of M) in Missoula for the third year. He writes about attending Band Camp for his first two years and the impact it has made. “Both times I had a blast! No matter what happens, my college schedule [this fall] will be set up around one thing; marching band.”

Grace is using her grant to take voice and piano lessons with Anne Basinski, Soprano Voice Faculty at the U of M starting this fall. In the past she has used her grant to attend drama camp, ballet camp and ballet school. She writes in her application, “Thank you [AAI] for enabling me to push forward with my passion for the arts.” In a letter of recommendation, Robert Green, music teacher at SSHS, emphasizes Grace's outstanding talent and her exceptional character.

Brothers Brady Schmill and Garrett Schmill, both students at Potomac Elementary School, each received a grant this year to attend the Missoula Art Museum.

Brady Schmill is in kindergarten. He likes to draw and applied to attend the Missoula Art Museum Pre-School Art Camp. His teacher, Justine Luebke, recommended him for the grant, “Brady is a bright young boy with a passion for learning. He is very engaged and creative when it comes to doing art. Often I find that he thinks outside the box and goes above what is expected.”

Garrett Schmill was very impressed with Kate Davis when she came to his third grade class this year. With the help of his AAI grant he will be attending the Raptors and Art class put on by Kate Davis at the Missoula Art Museum. His teacher, Abby Stitt, writes in his letter of recommendation, “Garrett [Schmill] demonstrates many talents, both academically and beyond. One of those talents happens to be in art. He puts great care and thought into his work no matter the assignment.”

John Gaskins, a second grade student at Bonner, is using his grant for an unlimited dance class pass to the Downtown Dance Collective in Missoula for three months. Gaskins writes in his application, “I feel happy when I dance.” Cary Markin, the dance teacher at Bonner Elementary, writes in her letter of recommendation, “The second I saw John [Gaskins] dance in kindergarten my jaw dropped. Dance has become John’s passion. I sincerely hope that we can channel his passion and talent now and help him find a clear path to a very bright future.”

John Gaskins receiving his Youth Grant Award. Photo provided.

Adin Kloetzel, a sophomore from Ovando currently attending Hellgate High School in Missoula, will be attending the Montana Fiddle Camp in Monarch, Mont. with the help of his grant. The Montana State Old-Time Fiddlers Association puts on the camp. Kloetzel speaks of his time at the Camp last year in his application, “I learned many new strategies and styles from the teachers, and had a great time playing music with kids my age.” Kloetzel is excited to learn from bluegrass musicians from all over the world in their master classes and listen to them play.