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News from the Ninepipes Museum of Early Montana

CHARLO – Wilderness lovers will enjoy the Sept. 2 “First Saturday” exhibit at the Ninepipes Museum of Early Montana featuring local photographer Cordell Hardy, who showcases the interior of the Mission Mountain Wilderness from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Cordell grew up in Ronan at the base of the Mission Mountain Wilderness, and he has hiked to all but a few of the high alpine lakes in the wilderness area where he developed an eye for natural landscapes. Following high school graduation, he attended the Art Institute of Seattle for Photography and earned a degree in photography. Working at VODA Studios in Seattle, he had the opportunity to work with Seattle companies that included Eddie Bauer and Cordell currently resides back in his hometown where his high-quality images caught the eye of the Montana State Office of Tourism. His shot of the Northern Lights over Flathead Lake won the Montana Moment Grand Prize, which was displayed in the train station in Seattle and was printed in Sunset Magazine.

Author Beth Judy will provide a reading of her recent publication, “Bold Women in Montana History,” at 1 p.m. in the museum’s gift shop. Beth currently lives in Missoula. She grew up in Chicago and received a BA from Harvard College. In 1992, she moved to Missoula and earned an MFA in creative writing at the University of Montana. From 1994-2014 she was a producer at Montana Public Radio, where she was known as “The Plant Detective.” As a freelance writer, Beth has written for “Prairie Home Companion” and “Montana Magazine,” among other publications. Her book for young adults offers a rare series of well-researched, compelling, intimate portraits, and Ellen Baumler, the Interpretive Historian at the Montana Historical Society writes, that the “reader will discover that [Beth] Judy’s individual portrayals not only underscore Montana’s broad cultural diversity but also reveal the true mettle of Montana women.” Beth will be on hand to sell and sign her book from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. 

Everyone is invited to come spend some quality time to meet and speak with our featured artists where light refreshments will be available. The museum is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Mondays through Saturdays and is available year-round for group tours. Call us at 406-644-3435 for information.

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