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On Friday, August 11th, the Elling House Arts & Humanities Center in Virginia City will host another night of art & music. Join us at 5:30pm to celebrate our August Artist-of-the-Month, Shirley Anderson Sylvester. Born and raised in the Bitterroot Valley of western Montana, Shirley and her family have always lived on a farm east of Corvallis. Shirley began painting with oils in 1984 and watercolor in 1995. She enjoys plein aire painting along the rivers and in the mountains of the Bitterroot Valley as well as different areas of Montana. She likes to create small paintings. This gives her the ability to capture a moment and a place, a snapshot in time. Painting miniatures gives her the liberty to experiment with light, color and compositions. Old homesteads and barns have great interest to Shirley, she says, “I like to imagine the lives of the folks that lived there. They represent a disappearing heritage of our country’s past.” Shirley is also involved with archaeology. She is on the board of the Montana Archaeological Society. She has visited nearly 100 pictograph and petroglyph sites in the northwest. She incorporates these interests and images in her paintings on occasion. She also paints tepees to represent the different tribal cultures of the northwest. Shirley believes an artist should paint what they love and what inspires them; this is what breathes life and spark into a piece.

Then at 7pm, Willson & McKee will return to the EHAHC stage ! Kim McKee received 15 years of classical training before turning to traditional Irish and Scottish music, 28 years ago! She moves effortlessly between her instruments and her pallate includes hammered and mountain dulcimer, folk harp, accordion, guitar and bodhran, and she never passes up an opportunity to teach a Ceili dance! Ken Willson is the pulsing folk drive, with an engaging tenor voice and tasteful guitar and bouzouki foundations to the unique material. A weaver of wit and tales, he can also spin a fine Ceili swing on the dance floor! Collecting experiences, stories and humor from 20 years of touring together, this pair has focused on educational programming, concert veneus, college campuses, master classes, workshops, cultural events and festivals, and they have fine tuned their stage performances to be anything but predictable, traditional, or expected. 

{Admission is $15 per person for Willson & McKee concert}