MNHC’s Holiday Bazaar
December 1 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pmFree
Date: Friday, December 1
Time: 5:00-9:00 p.m.
Location: Montana Natural History Center
Are you ready to make this holiday season truly special? Join us at MNHC’s Holiday Bazaar and Online Auction, where you can do your holiday shopping with a purpose. This festive event brings together the best of the holiday spirit: local artistry, support for nature education, delicious food and beverages, and the joy of giving back to our community.
As the snow blankets our picturesque Montana landscapes, we invite you to join us in a celebration of community and holiday cheer.
At MNHC’s Holiday Bazaar, you’ll find a treasure trove of unique gifts crafted with love by local artists. From exquisite jewelry to hand-crafted woodwork, there’s something for everyone on your list. By shopping here, you not only bring home one-of-a-kind gifts but also support our talented local artists, making this season brighter for them and their families.
AND that’s not all! You can directly support the Montana Natural History Center when you bid on our online auction! Bid on exclusive items and experiences donated by our generous community, with all proceeds going to support MNHC’s nature-based educational programs for people of all ages! Bidding will open on Cyber Monday, November 27th, and close during our Holiday Bazaar on December 1st, 8:45 p.m.
This holiday season, let’s come together to make a difference. Join us at MNHC’s Holiday Bazaar, where you can unwrap the true magic of the season: giving back, supporting local artists, and nurturing a love for learning and nature.
Mark your calendar for Friday, December 1st, from 5:00-9:00 p.m. at the Montana Natural History Center. Together, we’ll create a holiday season filled with joy, warmth, and a lasting impact.
Learn more about the featured artisans at the Bazaar:
Adam Lemkelde / Rotational Science
Rotational Science glass is made and designed for the consumer. My passion, love, and life is glass. Adam is dedicated to creating unique products with the highest quality and consistency possible. All Rotational Science glass products are individually made with care and attention to design.
Angie Evenden / Pinyondraw Design
Angie’s artistic creations reflect her lifelong love of flowers, nature, textiles and color. Wildflowers captured her heart at an early age and drew Angie to botanical studies and to art. This interest led to a decades long career as a botanist and scientist with the National Park Service and Forest Service working in wildland landscapes across the western US. Now Angie can be found in the studio or outside enjoying a favorite wild place.
Bei Ruetten / Postage Due
Bei makes small, framed collages using vintage and antique postage stamps from around the world. There is virtually no topic that isn’t covered in the world of stamps. She often uses antique envelopes as a starting point for a collage. Holding a collages is holding a piece of history!
Brian Christiansen / Brian Christiansen Photography
Brian Christiansen is a landscape photographer in love with Western Montana! His work focuses on celebrating and protecting the abundant natural beauty present in this place. Brian offers prints, 2023 calendars and postcard sets, perfect gifts for the Montana lover in your life.
Dona Aitken/ Discoveries in Wood
Dona and Gary Aitken live in Ovando, a small town in Western Montana. She is a retired physiologist. He is a computer scientist. Both enjoy working with wood. Although Dona wields a chainsaw when necessary, Gary helps with the major gathering of wood, as well as engineering `jigs’ and lampshade frameworks, milling local wood into boards for things like toy boxes and keeps all equipment running properly. Dona does the woodturning, pyrography and marquetry.
Erynn McNeill / Up Moss Creek Studio
Erynn is an artist, biologist, and scientific illustrator. Inspired by their own imagination and wilderness experiences in the northwest, Up Moss Creek Studio combines dark naturalism with scientific illustration to create original artworks, jewelry and oddities made from found and foraged natural elements. They are currently based in Florence, MT, where they share a small studio with their dog, Dagwood.
Jules Lucerno / Lucerno Prints
Jules Lucero is a printmaker based in Missoula Montana. Lucero creates art using traditional printing methods. Her creations are a testament to her methodical labor and creative experimentation. Lucero is drawn to carving animals because they hold the qualities of wonder and quaintness. Luceros work serves as a reflection of everyday valuable moments like gardening, baking, and creating.
Laura has a true passion for the wild spaces of the west, and she documents her experiences of nature in evocative abstract landscapes. Laura loves to work with color and light in representing the moods and places she has seen in the wilderness. Laura has backpacked extensively in Montana, Canada, Wyoming, and Alaska, and she draws on these locations to create her oils.
Linda Kuntz / Anna and Pearl
All the clothing is constructed by Linda herself, including the button finishings. Linda incorporates hand-stitching where needed for a polished finish and tailoring techniques for durability and wear. Each garment is one-of-a-kind, no two garments are alike. Linda does not buy by the bolt, therefore each garment’s fabric is used once, or if used in two garments, different design. You will be the only person in the world wearing your kimono or jacket!
Marrow Lee was created based on the foundation that pretty things don’t have to be fussy. Pieces so you, it feels like a reunion of sorts. Using found items from my travels near and far, each piece speaks with a voice of its own. The dream is that they encourage you to not have to choose between beautiful and strong.
Meridian provides specialty cut flowers for bouquet subscriptions, weddings, events and workshops. Meridian also operates a traditional blacksmithing shop and event venue for workshops and retreats. They approach all that they produce with an eye on sustainability, a hand on humane practices and a body full of organic methods. Meridian’s vision for the farm is to create a place of respite, safety, growth and inspiration for the community they serve and the animals they shelter.
Michelle Nowels draws inspiration by looking for the beauty in nature and preserving that beauty in creative ways. Each of Michelle’s pieces are handmade, and due to their nature — of being from nature — one of a kind. Michelle’s jewelry makes a great gift for a loved one, or even a special treat for yourself.
Uschi Carpenter is a nature, wildlife and fine arts photographer living in Missoula. Her passion for photographing birds has turned her into a seeker of magic, balance and soul in those feathered relatives we call “Birds.” Uschi hopes that she can help humans see birds as fellow creatures co-inhabiting our planet and that once people appreciate the beauty of birds, they will care about protecting them for our common future.