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From original, now rusted mining equipment to lace-trimmed aprons, the Museum holds a wonderful collection of artifacts that tell the history of the area in a beautifully tactile way. This project was born out of a love for these artifacts. The many paintings produced from December 2014 to June 2015 will go on exhibit in the Museum July 1st. On August 7th these paintings will be auctioned off at an artists reception with all the proceeds benefiting the Museum. 

This project was presented by the artist and supported by the Council Board and has become so much more then a fundraiser. It has brought insight into the importance of these artifacts and will bring attention to the newly established Museum and its mission of representing such a rich history.



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Local artist Kelly Hartman spent her childhood growing up in Silver Gate, Montana, attending the one room school house in Cooke City. She graduated from Northwest Community College in 2010 and Western Oregon University in 2013 with her BFA in Painting. She returned home following graduation to take up the postion as the director of the Cooke City Montana Museum, then working towards it's grand opening. 

When not working at the Museum she can be found high up in the Beartooth Mountains working on her craft. 


Kelly has donated all of her time creating these paintings.


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