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Mountain Home, ID — The Mountain Home Arts Council is proud to present The Wardens, original music and stories from the Rocky Mountains, on Thursday, February 16, at the American Legion Post 26, 515 E 2nd S St. Doors open at 6:30 pm and the program begins at 7 pm.
The Wardens—Scott Ward (songwriter, fingerstyle guitar), Ray Schmidt (songwriter, upright bass, mandolin, guitar), and Scott Duncan (fiddle)—are a Rocky Mountain-based band whose stories and songs rise from the very land they’ve protected as Canadian national park wardens. With haunting three-part harmonies and chilling tales, the band’s mountain music—blending folk, roots and western styles—reflects Canada’s protected wilderness areas. Celebrating the return of wild buffalo, wrangling grizzly bears, lonely nights on the packtrail and reflecting on an environment in crisis, a performance by The Wardens has been dubbed “the quintessential mountain-culture concert experience.” Following the 2021 release of their third full-length album Sold Out at the Ironwood, band member Ray Schmidt was nominated Traditional Singer of the Year by the Canadian Folk Music Awards. The band has also received numerous regional nominations including Touring Artist of the Year by the BC Touring Council and Album of the Year by Country Music Alberta. Tickets are $10.00 for adults, $8.00 Seniors/Military and $5.00 for Students.
The Mountain Home Arts Council will also host The Wardens for an educational outreach program earlier in the day for students at the Mountain Home Junior High.
Also upcoming for the Mountain Home Arts Council, OPEN MIC NIGHT! HOSTED BY BILLY SPLASH at the Mountain Home Public Library, February 17, 6 PM; EMPIRE TRIO, classic show tunes and behind-the-scene stories from the most beloved Broadway musicals, First Congregational Church, March 14, 7 PM; and MISSOULA CHILDREN’S THEATRE, casting local K-12 performers, Mountain Home High School, auditions April 3, Shows April 8.
Mountain Home Arts Council community events and educational outreach programs are supported in part by grants from the Idaho Commission on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, Western States Arts Federation, the Idaho Humanities Council, a state-based partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Whittenberger Foundation, the Mountain Home Air Force Base Officers’ Spouses’ Club, St. Luke’s Foundation, and First Interstate Bank, as well as the generous support of the City of Mountain Home, Hampton Inn/Johnson Brothers Hospitality, Idaho Power, Mountain Home News, El-Wyhee Hi-Lites, Winger’s, and other local business and individual patrons
OPEN MIC NIGHT!
Beginning January 20, 6 PM
Mountain Home Public Library (790 N 10th E)
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Mountain Home, ID—The Literary Committee of the Mountain Home Arts Council and the Mountain Home Public Library have announced plans to host an open mic every third Friday of the month, beginning January 20. Local singer/songwriter Billy Splash will emcee the programs at the library, 790 N 10th E. Writers, poets, singer/songwriters, comedians, and other performing artists are invited to share their art. Sign-ups will begin at 5:30 pm—first come, first serve—and the program begins at 6 pm. While this is an open event aimed at showcasing local artists and fostering creative expression, we ask that performers keep in mind that the program is meant to be family friendly. Performance time: 5 to 7 minutes. Refreshments will be served and available for purchase.
Upcoming dates include January 20, February 17, March 17, April 21, May 19, June 16, August 18, September 15, October 20, November 17, and December 15.
Mountain Home Arts Council community events and educational outreach programs are supported in part by grants from the Idaho Commission on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, Western States Arts Federation, the Idaho Humanities Council, a state-based partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Whittenberger Foundation, the Mountain Home Air Force Base Officers’ Spouses’ Club, St. Luke’s Foundation, and First Interstate Bank, as well as the generous support of the City of Mountain Home, Hampton Inn/Johnson Brothers Hospitality, Idaho Power, Mountain Home News, El-Wyhee Hi-Lites, Winger’s, and other local business and individual patrons.
Local Journal Seeks Original Writing, Visual Art
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The Whistle Pig, a Southwestern Idaho literary journal published annually by the Mountain Home Arts Council, is now accepting writing and art submissions for its fourteenth volume, which will be published in Fall 2022. The journal seeks original short stories, poems, memoir, personal musings, drama, song lyrics, and other short literary pieces; it also features a variety of visual art such as drawings, paintings, and photography.
SPECIAL THEME: Living in the Modern Rural West. *Borrowed from the Let’s Talk About It Series hosted by the Mountain Home Public Library. The special theme is meant for inspiration purposes, and while we are particularly interested with Idaho settings, Idaho characters, and Idaho authors, we consider every piece submitted on any theme.
DEADLINE: All entries must be submitted by Monday, May 2, 2022. Those selected for publication will receive one complimentary copy.
Community Canvas of MoHo, a public art campaign of the Mountain Home Arts Council created by Brenda Raub, Amber Cobos, and Eric Tautfest, is an outdoor gallery giving visual artists an opportunity to be seen by the public and the public the opportunity to view and admire the talents of our local community. We currently have 160 beautiful murals, spanning 8 blocks of downtown Mountain Home. We start painting the second week of June and have a reveal on the 4th of July.For more information please visit the Community Canvas of MoHo Facebook page or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Visual Arts Guild provides display venues for area
visual artists and assists with their identified needs.
In addition to Community Canvas, these events
feature the work of our local artists!
Meetings: Second Monday , 7:00 pm @ the MH Public Library
Art at the Inn
A social evening at the Hampton Inn. Mingle with local artists.
Art will be exhibited by the Visual Arts Guild and will be
available for purchase. Out of the Box items support the
scholarship program for graduating seniors.
Catered by Smoky Mountain. TBD
Spring Art Show
One of the artists’ favorite shows—The Visual Arts Guild
artists display and sell their art for under $100. This event is
held at the MH Public Library in conjunction with the
Friends of the Library book sale. MAY 6 & 7, 2022
For more information, visit The Guild’s Facebook page: