You walk into a boutique and find an amazing piece of glass art that captures your imagination.
While sitting in a restaurant waiting for food, you look up and see a painting that takes you back to your childhood.
At your friends house, after dinner, you sit down for a cup of coffee and notice that not only is the mug cascading with vibrant glazes, but that it sits just-perfectly against your palm while you lift it up for one more warm sip.
Have you ever wondered, “How did they make that?”
Well, that’s why SLAM is pleased to announce a great new lineup of demonstrations for its 2018 Summer SLAM Festival to help you make the unfathomable become understood.
Every summer, SLAM hosts a “Demonstration Tent” where local artisans and artists show how they make the impossible real. With 30 seats free and open to the public, you’re invited to come watch a glassworker, chef, musician, writer, ceramicists, and more perform their expert trades.
Here are just a few the artists and creators who will be showcasing their skills:
Starting off the festival at 11:30am on Saturday, August 4th, Daniel Wendell from The Food Studio will give a culinary demonstration. Daniel, with his wife and partner Eva, own and operate the Food Studio on Kagy. Daniel began cooking at the age of 13 before getting his culinary training in California and has cooked and catered events throughout the West. With Daniel’s fabulous team, the Food Studio hosts dinners, cater parties, and serve as private, in-house chefs. The Food Studio Team offers unique culinary experiences to the Gallatin Valley by highlighting local ingredients in fun and imaginative ways, creating an edible landscape where all senses are explored. Learn more at www.foodstudiomt.com.
Later that day, Keith McCafferty, author and travel journalist will talk about writing. Having grown up in the Appalachains, the trout fishing called him West where he has had a flourishing career writing about everything from mosquitoes to wolves, to mercenaries and exorcism. A decorated author for both his journalism and novels, Keith is the author of Royal Wulff Murders, The Gray Ghost Murders (chosen by Oprah’s Book Club as one of “5 Addictive New Mysteries We Can’t Put Down,”) Dead Man’s Fancy, and Crazy Mountain Kiss. Learn more at www.keithmccafferty.com.
On Sunday, August 5th, Darla Myers, encaustic artist will give a demonstration on encaustic painting – a method of painting in which beeswax and paint is melted and applied to the surface of the painting while hot. Each layer of paint is fused to the layer below with the application of heat, building up a surface of depth and narrative. Darla is a self-taught artist living and working in Bozeman. She has been painting in encaustic for over 8 years and teaches Intro to Encaustic Workshops. She is represented by Tripp Studio (Bozeman), B.Hive (Livingston), 1+1=1 Gallery (Helena), and Persimmon Gallery (Big Fork). Learn more at www.darlamyersart.com.
Also demonstrating this summer, among others, will be Verge Theater, Jake Fleming leading Yoga, the Skateboard Alliance of Montana, bookbinding with Bozeman Public Library, and the MSU Art Guilds including metalsmithing, printmaking, painting, and ceramics. Keep an eye out for a complete schedule as the festival approaches.
So, head down to the Demonstration Tent, tucked away behind the main stage, and learn how so many of your daily wonders came to be.
Finally, SLAM wants YOU! Those looking to volunteer during the 2018 Summer SLAM Festival can log on to www.slamfestivals.org and click on ‘Volunteer’ to peruse the complete shift schedule and sign-up based on individual interests. •