Bozeman MADE fair kicks off holiday shopping

Fair showcases a curated collection by 190 artisans Oct. 14-15 at MSU fieldhouse

Art Beat

The Bozeman Fall MADE fair will kick off the holiday shopping season Oct. 14-15 at Brick Breeden Fieldhouse, connecting artists from around the region with the Gallatin Valley community again.

Painter Chris Turbuck is a new contributor to the Bozeman MADE fair.
Painter Chris Turbuck is a new contributor to the Bozeman MADE fair.

Discover a curated collection of over 190 local and regional artists who offer everything from affordable, functional works of art to fine heirloom pieces at the show. Enjoy strolling the aisles of the spacious fieldhouse at Montana State University and support Montana artists.

Those interested in a head start on their shopping can purchase a VIP pass for $10, valid for 6-8 p.m. Friday night. An Early Bird Pass for $5 offers access from 9-10 a.m. Saturday – an hour before the show opens to the public from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Both opportunities help participants get a solid head start on shopping and peruse the best selection. Tickets can be purchased online or at the door.

All proceeds from ticket sales benefit American Prairie, a local non-profit whose mission is to create the largest nature reserve in the contiguous United States – a refuge for people and wildlife preserved, forever as part of America’s heritage.

This year wholesale buyers from around the state have been invited to connect with all of these unique and talented artisans. Over half of the participating artists are equipped to sell wholesale and offer their products for retail spaces.

“We are encouraging buyers to discover new makers and fan favorites and tell their stories in their shops this holiday season,” says handMADE Montana’s Carol Lynn Lapotka.

Buyers must preregister online to participate and attend the event from 6-8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4, during VIP hours. “They can have a proper meet and greet with the artists when the aisles aren’t as full,” she says.

The MADE fair is a modern art and handcrafted market featuring local and regional artists and makers who offer a curated collection; a handful of non-profits will also be on hand. The MADE fair’s mission is to increase awareness of handmade goods as an alternative to mass-produced items and to support local and regional small craft businesses by providing a place to sell their goods.

“We provide opportunities to artists of all levels – from hobbyists to seasoned professionals,” says Lapotka, whose handMADE Montana was named Retailer of the Year in 2021 by the Made in Montana program.