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A night of art & music at the Elling House Arts & Humanities Center!

On Sunday, July 16, 2017, the Elling House Arts & Humanities Center presents a night of art & music. Please join us at 5:30pm for our July Artist-of-the-Month reception featuring the works of Zach Babat. Zach was taken from us too soon, but his legacy will live on forever in his art. Zach was a professional artist and Alaskan Bush Pilot. He split his time between Montana and Alaska, the two states with the best fish and wildlife in the world. Zach spent over 20 year years as an outdoor guide and professional bush pilot. These experiences gave Zach his inspiration for his artwork. Zach had the opportunity to get face to face with the wildlife species of the west. Zach said, “It is the close interaction with the animals, their personalities I try to capture not just the horns, claws and teeth.” Zach used watercolor paint, both transparent and opaque, exclusively to bring the animals and fish to life. Zach perfected the use of canvas board for his paintings, which eliminated the need for glass. Most people viewing his original artwork don’t realize they are watercolor because of the vividness of the colors and lack of glass. Zach’s wife, Kerry, will continue his legacy by continuing to offer prints and select originals for sale. In addition, multiple books are in the process of being written using Zach’s artwork. A Zach Babat Scholarship fund is also in the process of being created.

Then, at 7pm, we present the Growling Old Men in concert. Ben Winship (mandolins & vocals) and John Lowell (guitar & vocals) are both veterans of the Northern Rockies acoustic music world. Together the duo presents a tight yet relaxed set of original and traditional bluegrass songs, ballads and tunes. Their CDs are truly a joint effort with the lead singing, songwriting and picking duties shared throughout. Influenced equally by the music of the Appalachian hills and the western plains, their music is at once simple and powerful – furthermore, it reflects the genuine sense of fun these two guys get from playing together. The duo blends each artist’s individual talents as musician, songwriter, and vocalist in a repertoire of original and traditional bluegrass tunes and folk ballads, played on guitar and mandolin. Growling Old Men have performed on A Prairie Home Companion and Garrison Keillor has said, “I’ve been hearing about these young men for a long time but they do not come around American centers of population to advance their careers. They have isolated themselves out here in Montana and Victor, Idaho on account of their lifelong obsession with fishing. Not so old, not so growly, a real fine bluegrass duo. They’re great.” The evening program, ideally suited for an intimate venue such as the Elling House, included a blend of well-rehearsed material and few new songs hot off the press – Ben and John like to keep it fresh with an edge of improvisational risk taking. They strive to contrast simplicity with complexity – all with good tone and a warm sense of humor. This concert is generously sponsored by Amy Grice of Virginia City, in honor of her father George Grice.

{Admission to Growling Old Men is $15 per person and can be purchased at the door}