Calendars sell for a cause

Samantha Hill

A local photographer is ringing in 2017 with a new calendar, with all the proceeds from it going to a good cause.

Erik Petersen, of Shields Valley and owner Erik Petersen Photography, decided to do a calendar this year with his original photos, with proceeds from the calendar sales going to the Livingston Food Resource Center in Livingston.

“I really like what the Food Resource center does, and I would like to help them accomplish their mission,” Petersen said.

He said he had not thought much about creating a calendar although he has done it in the past. One day a couple of months ago, a fan of his artwork called him and asked if he would be willing to do a calendar in order to have his artwork on display all year round.

The call was the kickstarter for him to start thinking about doing it.

“I asked my wife if it was a good idea, and she said I should do it,” Petersen said.

He said he was able to recruit one of the best graphic designers he knows, Luke Duran, to helped him with the project. The two were able to put something together quickly.

In the calendar, each month coordinates with a photo representing that month, like the White Sulphur Springs rodeo for one of the summer months or a winter photo of Big Sky. Each photo is distinctly Montana and is a mix of some of Petersen’s new photographs combined with some of his older ones.

He printed 700 copies of the calendar and has sold about 350 so far.

The calendars are $12 and are sold at the Frame Garden, Timber Trails and Gateway Office Supplies. They can also be found online at