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BELGRADE - As summer heat continues in the Gallatin Valley, water as an essential resource and for recreation is on the minds of many; good timing for the third installment of Mountain Time Arts’ WaterWorks series.

Wetlands is open daily from July 21-30 at the Dry Creek Schoolhouse in Belgrade. It includes a video installation and wetlands tours.

The event will feature celebrated Northern Cheyenne artist Bently Spang. The latest from his Modern Warrior Series, “War Shirt #6 – Waterways” interprets wetlands in a new large-scale video art installation using 27 video and still screens in a 22 feet long x 8 feet high steel-welded framework in the shape of a Plains Indian war shirt.

Spang, a multi-disciplinary artist, curator, educator and writer, works internationally and maintains a studio in Billings. He said about his work, “My intention is not to re-create an actual war shirt but, as in past work in this series, to use conceptual framework of this form and expand the scale to signify the importance of our water to my homeland”.

One of the four-part series, WaterWorks, that included Upstream and Spring Thirst, Wetlands continues to use public art to raise awareness about water. Alongside the exhibit, naturalists will lead tours of a nearby restored wetlands from both Western and Indigenous perspectives.

Events are free and open to all.

As part of the series, there will also be walking tours of the wetlands.

You can tour the restored wetlands at nearby Pheasant Farms. Naturalist tour guides will speak on the importance of wetlands to the health and abundance of our water and the bird, plant and aquatic life that depend on them. Tours are approximately one hour and less than one mile of moderate walking.

Tours begin daily July 21-20 at the Dry Creek Schoolhouse, 101 Dry Creek School Road in Belgrade. They begin at 10:30 a.m. on Sundays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Tours begin on Mondays and Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m.

For more information, go to mountaintimearts.org. Group tours are available, call 406-215-1533 to schedule.

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Entertainment Reporter

Jaci Webb covers entertainment for The Billings Gazette.