The Yellowstone Art Museum hosted its 44th annual summerfair June 24-26 on the Montana State University – Billings campus.
Over 80 vendors were at the three-day event selling handmade goods or providing information about efforts in the community. Eight local food trucks were also at the event, leaving plenty of options for visitors. On top of the food trucks and vendors, guests also had the opportunity to visit the Northcutt Steele Gallery on the first floor of the MSUB campus to see beautifully made art from students.
Many vendors were at the event, including Rock Creek Soaps, based in Billings, Montana. They sell handmade soap and bathroom products like sugar scrubs, bath bombs, and lip and body balms. The company also sells loofah soaps, a natural exfoliant that removes dead skin leaving skin soft and smooth. Other products were salt soaks designed to relax the body and eliminate skin impurities and shower steamers that fizz while in the shower.
Several nonprofits also had booths at the Summerfair, like the book nook from Friends of the Billings Public Library. The book sold gently used books for kids, teens, and adults. Book donations are welcome for this organization, and all proceeds go towards services available at the Billings public library. There was also an HRDC booth providing information on services they offer, such as referrals for childcare, homebuyer education, rental counseling, and more.
Several vendors also traveled from different states to participate in the event. The Bead Boutique is based out of North Dakota and sells fun yet affordable jewelry. Debra Quarve makes the jewelry using Swarovski crystals, Japanese glass seed beads, Delicas, and semi-precious beads. Wild West Designs from Longmont, Colorado, sold handmade bags, purses, and wallets made by David Crawford. He also sold the Eagle Nest Chair, an original design perfect for camping out, putting it on a tree in your backyard.
If you couldn’t make it to the summer fair this year, make sure to come out next year that helps support the Yellowstone Art Museum. Be sure to check out the art exhibits offered at the museum this summer too!