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CHARLO — Ninepipes Museum of Early Montana will celebrate its co-founders, Laurel and Bud Cheff Jr., at two events planned for June and July.

Laurel Cheff will be the featured artist at the First Saturday event held on June 4 at the museum from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and light refreshments will be available. There will be several recent original oil paintings of Mission Mountain scenes and of wildlife, some of which are available to purchase. Raffle tickets for one of her paintings, Glacier Creek, will be sold at the museum starting on June 4 and going through July 17. The painting depicts a scene on the south end of Crazy Horse in the Mission Mountains. Tickets prices are 3 for $10, and 7 for $20. The drawing will be held at the event celebrating Bud Cheff Jr. on July 17.

The Montana Historical Society selected Bud Cheff Jr. as a Heritage Keeper Award recipient in 2021. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, Ninepipes Museum has not been able to celebrate this honor with museum friends and neighbors until now. The July 17 celebration is also a fundraiser to benefit the nonprofit 501(c)3 museum, and ticket prices are $30 per person. There is limited space for the event so only 75 tickets will be sold. Call the museum at 406-644-3435, or email to purchase your ticket. The event runs from 2 to 5 p.m. and includes entertainment, heavy hors d’oeuvres, auction items, a raffle, and a cash beer and wine bar. 

Be sure to mark your calendar for these special events and get your tickets purchased as soon as possible. The museum and gift shop are open Tuesdays through Fridays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. If you’d like to schedule a group tour of 20 or more, call to reserve a date at 406-644-3435.

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