A Little About Our History
The purpose of the Hot Springs Artists Society, Inc. is to develop the cultural, educational and creative well-being of our community through the sponsorship of events, workshops, and public performances.
Hot Springs Artists Society, Inc. is a non-profit corporation. Our tax exempt status makes us a public charity. We are supported by memberships, charitable donations, and fund raising events. Anyone can become a member of the society! We appreciate your support and generosity. Our organization brings events to this small rural community for the benefit of all. We promote diversity, tolerance, education, culture, art, and creative thinking!
The Hot Springs Artists Society was founded in 1997. In 1998 the Hot Springs Artists Society was the winner of a grant titled “Arts Are Central To Our Communities” from the Montana Arts Council and The National Endowment For The Arts.
The Artists Society has sponsored many fine musical performances by artists and programs by visual artists. Musical performers have included: Elinor Freer and David Ying and the Ying Quartet in Montana Summer Music -2002 and 2003; William Jackson, internationally renowned composer, harpist, and celtic musician; Don Harmsworth, solo cello and composer; Leon Atkinson, classical and jazz guitarist; cello music by Lee Zimmerman and many, many more.
We’ve had dancers including: Susan Faye Roberts; Pan African Drum and Dancers and dance bands including the Al Lindborg Band and many other bands.
Theatrical performances included: “Letter to an Imaginary Friend” performed by Craig Menteer and the Missoula Childrens Theater each year.
The Hot Springs Artists Society has sponsored artist’s visits through Montana Arts Council programs like “Artists in the School and Communities Program. Among those are: Singing Technique and Music Appreciation by Bonnie Jean Triplett in 2001 in two locations; The String Orchestra of the Rockies in the Hot Springs School in year 1999; Elinor Freer and David Ying and the Ying Quartet in Montana Summer Music in 2002 and 2003 in Hot Springs and Plains, Montana. We also sponsor a Juried Art show in May each year and a Juried Photography show in September each year.
We help sponsor the Homesteader Days Main Street Stage and Street Dance, every second weekend in June and bring musical venues to town each Friday and Saturday night with the only method of payment being pass-the-hat, and we sponsor art and healing arts workshops through out the year.
For the children in our community we fund music lessons and provide a summer arts camp at no cost to the families, thanks to grants from the Montana Arts Council, an agency of the state government; The National endowment for the Arts; The Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation; The Charlotte Y. Martin Foundation; S&K Technologies Inc.; and donations from Symes Hot Springs Hotel, local businesses and private parties. To see the news article about the Children’s Summer Art Camp that we found on their website, please click Every year we bring the Missoula Childrens Theater to our school for a residency and performance with our school children. At Halloween we support and present a Halloween Ghost walk for all citizens, young and old.
We also have several published writers writing fiction and nonfiction in our community. They include Stan Stanhope, Liz Fee, Matt Pavelich, Sharon Flesch, and Cheri Lawson.
Our board members hold strictly non-paying positions. Each member donates hours of time each month to promote the Artists Society.
The Hot Springs Artists Society meets each month on the first Wednesday at 7 p.m.at our gallery, ‘On the Wall’ Gallery in Wall Street Place, first floor, downtown Hot Springs, corner of Main and Wall Street. To leave any messages or questions for members of the Artists Society, you may call (406)741-2382.
The Hot Springs Artists Society is also a member of Glacier Country Regional Tourism Commission: www.glaciermt.com