West Fest

Mon­tana film fes­ti­val kicked off with sev­eral posters fea­tur­ing the work of sev­eral Western artists.

Western Art Collector - - WESTERN ART NEWS -

When Billings, Mon­tana, kicked off its first in­ter­na­tional film fes­ti­val in Septem­ber it did so with poster art de­signed by prom­i­nent Western and Na­tive Amer­i­can artists.

Mon­tana In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val, dubbed MINT by fes­ti­val­go­ers, ran Septem­ber 14 through 16 and featured 55 films, nu­mer­ous pan­els and ad­di­tional events, and suc­ceeded at unit­ing Billings’ grow­ing cul­ture base, Western and oth­er­wise. To help pro­mote the show, the fes­ti­val turned to in­te­rior de­sign­ers Ki­bler & Kirch and its sis­ter busi­ness Sta­ple­ton Gallery, which had four Sta­ple­ton artists—au­drey Hall, Ben Pease, Judd Thompson and Tyler Mur­phy—cre­ate poster im­ages to an­nounce and pub­li­cize the film fes­ti­val. The artists’ works also helped pro­mote a brand new cat­e­gory at the fes­ti­val, Made in Mon­tana.

The posters of­fered a range of sub­jects re­lated to Mon­tana: Mur­phy’s poster featured a herd of driv­ing cat­tle, Thompson’s im­age featured a Na­tive Amer­i­can fig­ure in a bright desert scene, Hall painted a horse and rider next to a grain mill, and Ap­sáalooke painter Pease de­picted a teepee with mod­ern graf­fiti on its side. “Our cul­tural scene is in­cred­i­bly rich and catch­ing na­tional at­ten­tion,” says Ki­bler & Kirch owner Jeremiah Young, who is also the owner and co-cu­ra­tor of Sta­ple­ton Gallery. “Billings, Mon­tana, might be a small place but peo­ple are look­ing this way due to the di­verse artistry com­ing from here. We are thank­ful to be part of this scene!”

For more in­for­ma­tion visit www.sta­ple­ton­gallery.com.

Mon­tana In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val poster by Ap­sáalooke painter Ben Pease.

Mon­tana In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val poster by Tyler Mur­phy.

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