Friday, June 29, 2018

Enterprise photo by Nate Howard

Jordan Garlow, left, a volunteer, and Depot Museum Executive Director Laura McCarthy Cota hang bunting on the exterior of the Livingston Depot Museum, Friday morning.

Volunteers have begun setup for the 31st annual Livingston Festival of the Arts, which will start Monday morning.

The festival, which is hosted by the Livingston Depot, will take place on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of next week.

About 100 fine artists and crafters from Montana and other Western states will be presenting their handiwork, according to a press release from the Livingston Depot Center.

Both past favorites and new vendors will offer oil paintings, fine pottery, blacksmithing, mud shirts, a variety of woodcrafts, decorative repurposed antiques, stained glass, alpaca woolens, photography, herbal soaps, gifts, attractive jewelry, natural kids’ toys, and more. Artisans will do onsite demonstrations including pottery, blacksmithing, and more.

A regular favorite of the event each year is the Depot Foundation’s homemade pie booth with a tasty range of homemade pie offerings, the release said.

The event also features a variety of food vendors, including the Livingston Sister City program, in support of its students’ trips to Japan. Serving barbecue burgers, hot dogs, and sides Sister City offers great food for a great cause, the release said. Other vendors will offer fresh-popped kettle corn, bison burgers, chocolates, specialty lemonades, flavored ices.

Visitors can also visit the adjacent Depot Museum’s historic rail and Yellowstone exhibits as well as this year’s special exhibit, “Pure Quill: The Photographs of Barbara Van Cleve,” a record of ranch life and more across decades.

The Depot Museum exhibits are open seven days a week, Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. Group tours are available and more information is available through the Depot office at (406) 222-2300 or its website,

The Festival of the Arts will run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday, and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the Wednesday.