MISSOULA – The Western Montana fair is only eight days away, but some events have already started.
Earlier on Monday, fine arts judges took to the fairgrounds art building to hand out ribbons to art works submitted to the fair.
Projects were submitted by different artist from a wide array of ages and judges even raved about one of their favorite pieces being created by a 2-year-old.
Pieces of art were submitted in three different categories based on experience and ranged from paintings to photos and even lego creations.
Judges say that all the variety is a good thing and they are excited to have a space to display everyone’s work of art.
They are also excited to award grand prize winners with $500.
“As two people who work at a community art center it’s really great to see spaces like this where it makes art accessible to everyone. I’m excited about how many people are going to walk through here during fair week and see this artwork," said Western Montana Fair Fine Arts judge Kia Liszak.
"And we’re really excited about giving somebody, an artist, an opportunity to make $500, which is always, putting money in an artist’s pocket is a good thing. So that’s exciting,” fine arts judge Patricia Thornton said.
You can check out all the works of art for yourself for free when the fair begins August 7.