Local art show to make a national difference

A busy life can make it difficult to find time to give back to the community, but an art show can make it easier than ever. This Saturday, the non-profit volunteer organization Together We Rise is holding a “Bring Your Own Art” fundraiser. This charity is focused on improving the lives of children in foster care across the country by providing them with sports equipment, bicycles, suitcases and more to help them feel more at home. The Boys & Girls Yellowstone Ranch in Billings is one of the many places reaping the benefits of the hard work this organization puts forth.

The event will be held at the Cottonwood Club, 213 South Wallace, on Saturday, April 13 from 7 to 10 p.m. It costs $5 per person, and all proceeds go to Together We Rise. All artists are welcome to show their art at the event, and can set up their displays between 4 and 7 p.m. If their pieces sell, the artists can either to keep the profits or opt to give part of them to the charity.

This event and others like it would not be possible without the participation and support of the Bozeman community. Jessica Minalga, an MSU alumnus and the local host of the event, said, “I feel like I haven’t really approached this whole thing by myself. It’s been nice to have a community that actually supports what you’re doing. I feel like a lot of people in Bozeman are willing to come together for one common cause.”

Local artists will show many forms of art at the event. These include uniquely designed chairs and jewelry, as well as traditional paintings. The Doldrums, a local band, will play, and $3 beer will be available. A raffle will also be held with prizes ranging from local vendor donations to popular Bozeman artists’ works.

“By offering their five dollars at the door people will be changing the lives of kids all across the country,” Minalga said.