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Arts as Abundant as the Trees and Mountains

Local art is woven into the Whitefish Community

The arts and cultural pursuits are intensely vibrant and heartfelt in Whitefish. Take a walk around town and it becomes apparent how expressions of our history, culture and the arts are not just the pursuit of a few aficionados, but woven completely into the community fabric.

Jessica Lowry

Art adorns the sides of historic buildings, connecting generations. Hundreds of sculptors, craftsmen, photographers, painters, authors and other artisans call Whitefish home while many of the shops are filled with their work. You’ll also find antiques, knit shops, galleries, jewelry stores and other fine art establishments.

The non-profit community-supported Stumptown Art Studio is conveniently located on Central Avenue where the public is invited to walk-in at any time to pursue a creative endeavor. Supplies for glass fusing, ceramic painting and mosaic making are provided daily or sign up in advance for a workshop on precious metal and clay, encaustic painting or furniture making.

But the arts and culture in Whitefish are not only manifested through visual art. Music, readings and the theater have kept pace — with live music at local coffee shops and bars, as well as concerts with national recording artists. Whitefish Review, a non-profit journal of art, literature and photography, hosts poetry and literature readings by renowned authors and emerging voices.

The Whitefish Theatre Company has celebrated over 30 years as a non-profit, community-based performing arts organization. The O’Shaughnessy Cultural Arts Center hosts professional plays, comedy, musicals, concerts, and classic and independent films throughout the year.

Housed in the newly restored Central School Auditorium, the Alpine Theatre Project is Montana’s only professional equity summer theater, and is billed as “Broadway’s Second Home.” The Project brings theater professionals and productions fresh off the boards of New York and other major cities, to the intimacy of Whitefish.

WHITEFISH GALLERY NIGHTS The first Thursday of each month (May–October) brings a special opportunity to explore the town’s 13 art galleries. While snacking on finger foods and sipping wine, you can talk directly to artists about their works. Visitors and residents come out to appreciate the arts and discover the many treasures found in the surprising number of excellent galleries and expositions of art in this small town.