Chinook Winds

Sunday, November 17,
at 3 pm, Swan Valley School

 Additional information about this performance can be
found on the
2 Valleys Stage

This past spring, AAI once again organized the Loon & Fish Festival.


Design by Brandy Wyckoff   

To learn more visit the
Loon and Fish Festival

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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Alpine Artisans, Inc.
P.O. Box 841
Seeley Lake, MT 59868
(406) 754-0034
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It was a great weekend for the

We hope you enjoyed it!
The tour featured six studios, two historical museums and
over 25 artists demonstrating and showing their work up the Seeley Swan and Blackfoot Valleys.

To learn more visit the
Tour of the Arts page.


If you're a painter consider these opportunities.

Uncorked and Creative events take place
several times throughout the year.


or considerA two day workshop event
which often takes place
twice a year.



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Starting each autumn and running through spring, Open Book Clubs brings in authors to talk about their books. Dee and Sue Baker of the Grizzly Claw Trading Company graciously offer their store as the venue for Open Book Club presentations. Every author who has read in Seeley Lake has appreciated the opportunity and praised the level of audience participation.


2019 - 2020 Authors

These events all start at 7 PM at the Grizzly Claw Trading Company.
Saturday, October 5th

John Taliaferro


Saturday, October 26th 

Pete Fromm

Saturday, November 9th

Bryce Andrews

Watch for additional author visit announcments

The Open Book Club is free and open to all. Sponsored by Alpine Artisans, Grizzly Claw Trading Co. and Humanities Montana, OBC has sponsored over 40 book signings, engaging community members in casual evenings of literary and historical discussion with authors and poets. It is fine to bring an hors d'oeuvre or beverage to share...and of course, invite a friend or neighbor to come too! For more information call (406) 677-0008.


2018 - 2019 Authors included

Saturday, September 8th

John Maclean


Thursday, September 27th 

Bernice Ende

Saturday, October 20th Saturday, November 17th 

Christine Carbo

Gwen Florio

Saturday, January 19th Saturday, March 2nd

Allen Morris Jones

John Fraley

Saturday, March 9th Saturday, June 8th

Jeremy Smith

Richard Fifield


Humanities Montana Gather Round Event was held in Seeley Lake on Thursday, May 16.

Seeley Lake was the second stop in Humanities Montana's state-wide conversation called Gather Round, based on the themes raised in Hearth: A Global Conversation on Community, Identity and Place, an anthology edited by Missoula authors Annick Smith and Susan O’Connor. Locally, the conversation took place at The Lodges on Seeley Lake in the new Conference Center Thursday, May 16, at 5 pm. The event featured “a moveable feast of elegant hors d'oeuvres” followed by discussion around tables of eight attendees over dessert & coffee. Cash bar.

For additional information, read the Event Details,  a two page pdf (325 KB).



featuring readings from
Saturday, July 21, 2018
The Gathering Place:  Swan Valley's Gordon Ranch


Saturday, June 9, 2018
Valerie Hemingway, Running With The Bulls.

Saturday, May 12, 2018
Mark Sullivan - Beneath the Scarlet Sky

March 17, 2018
Amy Pearson - 100 Days of Solitude
Photo by Elisheba Bagrow


February 10, 2018
Theodore Catton - Rainy Lake House: Twilight of Empire on the Northern Frontier

January 13, 2018
Caroline Patterson - Ballet At Moose Lodge

November 18, 2017
Mark Gibbons, Missoula Poet

October 21, 2017
Brian D’Ambrosio - Shot In Montana: A History of Big Sky Cinema

May 20, 2017
Kevin Canty - The Underworld


March 4, 2017
Chris Dombrowski - Body of Water, A Sage, a Seeker, and the World’s Most Alluring Fish


January 21, 2017
Alan Weltzien - Exceptional Mountains:  A Cultural History of the Pacific Northwest Volcanoes


November 12, 2016
Pete Fromm - The Names of the Stars: A Life in the Wilds

October 1, 2016
Jon Turk - Crocodiles and Ice

July 13, 2016
Sheila Scobba Banning - In Conversation with Russell Rowland
Holland Lake Lodge

June 18, 2016
Liz Carlisle - The Lentil Underground

March 5, 2016
Sally Thompson - Peoples Before The Park, The Kootenai and Blackfeet Before Glacier National Park

February 20, 2016
Scott Mcmillion - Mark of The Grizzly

January 16, 2016
Jeremy Smith - Epic Measures

November 21, 2015
Annick Smith - Crossing the Plains with Bruno

October 24, 2015
David Gates - A Hand Reached Down to Guide Me

September 19, 2015
Gwen Florio - Montana

March 7, 2015
Kim Zupan - The Ploughmen

February 7, 2015
Ken Egan - Montana 1864: Indians, Emigrants and Gold In the Territorial Year

January 17, 2015
Malcolm Brooks - Painted Horses

November 15, 2014
Alan Weltzien - Snow Peaks and To Kilimanjaro and Back

October 25, 2014
Pete Fromm - If Not For This

October 18, 2014
Tanya Fyfe - Lost and Found in Missing Lake

September 27, 2014
Peter Stark - Astoria

September 16, 2014
Elizabeth Rosner - Electric City

May 9, 2014
Henry Real Bird - Wolf Teeth

February 8, 2014
David Abrams - Fobbit

January 25, 2014
Bernice Ende, The Lady Long Rider

November 16, 2013
Alan Kesselheim and Thomas Lee - Montana, Real Place, Real People

October 26, 2013
Nicholas Vrooman - "The Whole Country was… 'One Robe'": the Little Shell Tribe's America

September 19, 2013
Elizabeth Rosner - gravity

June 29, 2013
John Maclean - The Esperanza Fire:
Arson, Murder, and the Agony of Engine 57

February 23, 2013
Celeste River- "Partnership In Story Telling: The Literature of Montana Author Frank B. Linderman (Humanities Montana Lecture)

February 2, 2013
William Farr - Blackfoot Redemption

December 1, 2012
Douglas MacDonald - Montana Before History

November 3, 2012
Kate Davis - Raptors of the West

October 7, 2012
Kim Barnes - In the Kingdom of Men

September 15, 2012
Doug Peacock - Grizzly Years

September 12, 2012
Elizabeth Rosner - The Speed Of Light

May 26, 2012
Sharon Lamar - Mountain Wildflowers For Young Explorers

May 19, 2012
Mary Clearman Blew - This Is Not The Ivy League

April 21, 2012
Pete Fromm - Indian Creek Chronicles

February 11, 2012
Doug Chadwick - The Wolverine Way 

January 14, 2012
E.B. Eiselein - "Montana's Indian History" (Humanities Montana Lecture)

December 3, 2011
Suzanne Vernon - Montana: Voices of the Swan

November 19, 2011
Donna Love - The Wild Life of Elk

October 29, 2011
(anthology) West of 98
Russell Rowland, Annick Smith, Bill Kittredge

October 1, 2011
Diane Smith - TheNewRural.Com

August 31, 2011
Elizabeth Rosner - Blue Nude

June 11, 2011
Bud Moore - Times in the Locsha

April  30, 2011
David Emmons - Beyond the American Pale

April 12, 2011
Ruth McLaughlin - Bound Like Grass


March 26, 2011
Bent Grass (poetry reading)    
Cedar Brant - Like Any Other Dream Will Do
Jenni Fallein - If Beauty Were a Spy
Roger Dunsmore - You're Just Dirt

March 5, 2011
Donna Love - The Totally Out There Guide to Glacier National Park

February 26, 2011
Growing a Garden City

January 29, 2011
Stan Cohen - Downhill Montana (film)

December 11, 2010
William Farr - Julius Seyler and the Blackfeet

November 28, 2010
Doug Ammons - Whitewater Philosophy

October 2, 2010
Jamie Ford - Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet

September 15, 2010
Fredrick Fisher - Confucius Jade

August 28, 2010
Jon Turk - The Raven's Gift

June 12, 2010
Phil  Condon - Nine, Ten Again


May 29, 2010
Victor Charlo - Put Sey (Good Enough)
Roger Dunsmore - You're Just Dirt

May 1, 2010
Star Jameson - Medicine Rock

April  10, 2010 
Jennifer Lowe-Anker - Forget  Me Not

March 14, 2010
Janet Kay - Waters of the Dancing Sky

February 20, 2010
Smoke Elser - Packin' In on Mules and Horses

January 9, 2010
Peter Orner - The Second Coming of Maval a Shikongo

November 21, 2009
Wendy Parciak - Requiem for Locusts

October 24, 2009 
Richard Manning - Rewilding the West


September 19, 2009
An Evening of Poetry Readings
Victor Charlo - Put Sey (Good Enough)
Lowell Jaeger - Suddenly, Out of a Long Sleep
Lowell Jaeger, ed. - Poems Across the Big Sky

June 10, 2009
Seth Kantner - Shopping for Porcupine

May 23, 2009
Judy Blunt - Breaking Clean

April 25, 2009
David Allan Cates - Freeman Walker

March 28, 2009
Donna Love - Henry the Impatient Heron

February 14, 2009
William W. Bevis - Ten Tough Trips

December 6, 2008
O. Alan Weltzien - The Norman Maclean Reader

November 16, 2008
Annick Smith - The Wide Open

October 11, 2008
Steve Lamar - Swan Valley Place Names

May 25, 2008
William Kittredge - The Next Rodeo

February 2, 2008
Liza Ward - Outside Valentine

August 11, 2007
Aryn Kyle - The God of Animals    
(rescheduled - Sept. 29, 2007)

July 14, 2007
Deirdre McNamer - My Russian