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RED LODGE — The Carbon County Arts Guild is starting a new tradition for its summer fundraiser Art in the Beartooths.

This year, the guild will showcase the talent of three signature artists, including Kevin Red Star, Susan Spero and David McMasters. The event will be held at Lions Park in Red Lodge on Saturday, July 12.

Red Star, Spero and McMasters will be joined for a day of live, outdoor painting by 30 more guild artists and guests will have the chance to watch artists create. A catered supper with no-host bar and live and silent auctions will complete the evening.

Red Star was born on the Crow Indian Reservation in Lodge Grass. He was raised in a family that valued art and culture and he developed an early love of drawing and music. Since embarking on his professional artistic journey, Red Star is considered a visual historian and ambassador for his native Crow culture.

In 1977, Red Star received an honorary doctorate degree in fine art from Rocky Mountain College. Red Star’s works are the focal point of several important museum collections, including the Smithsonian Institution and the National Museum of the American Indian.

Spero received her formal art education at the American Academy of Art in Chicago. Her passion for oil painting evolved beyond the studio to a love for painting outdoors. For many years, she painted in and around the Michigan and Indiana sand dunes with American master Charles Vickery. She has participated in many national shows sponsored by the Oil Painters of America.

Spero’s work has received several awards, including the gold and bronze medals from the Palette and Chisel Academy of Fine Arts.

McMasters has called Montana home since 1959. In his artwork, you can see his love for animal life, whimsy, and an appreciation of Native Americans, having taught art in Pryor on the Crow Reservation.

McMasters’ metal sculptures of course patches, pieces, and strips of lightweight sheet metal can be seen at the Quik Stop in Rockvale and at the Joliet Community Center.

The 41st Art in the Beartooths will begin with a silent auction July 2. Artwork from more than 50 guild artists will be showcased in the guild’s main gallery and the bidding will be open.

The main event is July 12. Beginning at 9:30 a.m., Red Star, Spero, McMasters and 30 other Guild artists will set up their easels in and around Lions Park. Included will be many of the previous Art in the Beartooths signature artists, including Elliott Eaton, Carol Hagan, Harry Koyama, John Potter, Ben Steele and Tom Wolfe. The artists will spend the next few hours creating works to be sold at the live auction.

A full summer supper from Carbon County Catering will begin at 5:30 p.m. under the tent in Lions Park.

The live auction follows at 7 p.m, with more than 30 items will be up for bid including a signature piece from each of the three signature artists. Midway through the auction, one raffle ticket holder will win Red Star’s giclee “Sweet Corn Woman.” Raffle tickets are $5 each and will be available prior to the event and throughout the evening prior to the drawing.

Proceeds from Art in the Beartooths will be used for preservation of the historic depot building and to continue the arts and cultural programs hosted by the guild.

Tickets for the event are $50 per person. Reserved tables for 10 are available for $500. Tickets are available by calling the Arts Guild at 406-446-1370 or online at

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Jaci Webb covers entertainment for The Billings Gazette.