Campfire Stories: Celebrating Montana’s Wild Places & Our Stories- Jun 23 to Jul 21

Exhibition featuring the work of photographer Mandy Mohler, jewelery-maker/metalsmith Erin Hawley, and filmmaker Jeri Rafter.  Photography, metalwork, jewelry, poetry, and more.

Exhibition on view June 23rd – July 22nd

Opening Reception Friday,  June 30th, 5 – 7 PM

Inspired by the Continental Trail Divide Artist Residency with Mandy Mohler, Erin Hawley, & Jeri Rafter: Photography, Film, Metal Works, Poetry, and Campfire Stories from the Community.

The exhibition features Montana artists: photographer Mandy Mohler, jewelry maker Erin Hawley, and filmmaker Jeri Rafter and the artworks they created inspired by their wilderness residency at Mystic Lake.  The trio spent a week at Mystic Lake and made art there and more art inspired by their experience after they returned.

Mystic Lake is the deepest lake in the Beartooth Mountains. It has the largest sandy beach in the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness. Montana Power Company utilizes the power of this large lake and has a dam present. Mystic Lake supports a rainbow trout fishery. Hiking the three-mile trail up to Mystic Lake provides views of West Rosebud Valley and a few other lakes.

Please join us for this fun, interactive exhibition.  Camp out with us.  Tell us why you leave the comforts of home and venture into the wilderness. Do you have a bear encounter story?  Have you ever tried to make a campfire with sticks and no matches? Have you ever been lost in the wilderness?

Come, sit by our campfire–write your story down.  Draw a picture of your favorite campsite or your favorite wild place.  Share your drawings and stories on our Campfire Wall and become part of this inspiring exhibition.

During the exhibition join us for:

June 30th: 5 – 7 PM: Opening Reception.  Meet the artists.  Partake in campfire snacks and drinks.  Beer tasting with Flathead Lake Brewing Company.

July 8th, Noon – 3:00 PM: Family Fun Day.  FREE!  Camping themed crafts & fun.  Free event.

July 11th, 5:30 PM: Story Hour: Wild Women of the West.  FREE for members.  Suggested Donation Non-Members: $5.  Storytelling with gifted artist Kay Pricher featuring stories about renowned photographer Montanans: Evelyn Cameron and legendary rodeo rider Fannie Sperry Steele.

 July 21st, 5-7 PM: Exhibition Closing Reception & Artist Talk.  Join us and meet photographer Mandy Mohler and Jewlery-Maker/Metalsmith Erin Hawley.

Mandy Mohler is a professional photographer with a studio in Kalispell. She is an accomplished artist who has found her niche creating portraits through taxonomies. Taxonomy is defined as a scheme of classification for an object, typically with scientific organisms. Mandy’s work takes this scientific ideal and applies it to photographic portraiture to offer something unique. Instead of simply portraying an image of a subject that the viewer is able to project their own assumptions and judgements onto, Mandy intercepts these assumptions by presenting physical objects. These objects allow the subject to speak for themselves, to be classified in their own way. It is truly a deeper reflection of Mandy’s subjects that offers to the viewer what is usually missing in portraits; an understanding of what is most important to them, what defines them, whether that be the subject’s work, their art, or their favorite past time.


Rag and Stone is a Metalsmithing studio located in Northwest Montana, where Artist Erin Hawley creates one-of-a-kind jewelry and limited collections. She works out of a small outbuilding in Whitefish, MT dubbed “the bungalito” and is usually in the middle of a cup of hot coffee.

Erin explores the story that stone and silver seem to speak together. Her work is inspired by the beautiful and sometimes harsh climates of the North and her place among the “Big Sky”. She enjoys large stones, simple silver design, and writing about the intention behind each of her pieces.

Most of Erin’s jewelry is inspired by strong and independent women whose zest for life is contagious.  Strength and bravery is a common theme and thread of her work. Her hope for you is that something made by her makes you hold your head a little higher, that it reminds you to be fierce and passionate.  She hopes you find a piece that reminds you daily that you truly are a gorgeous human being.

Jeri Rafter is a producer who has worked on feature films and television projects including Winter in the Blood, The Skeleton Twins, and So It Goes.  Her latest feature film project Bella Vista premiered at the Rotterdam International Film Festival in 2014.  In 2015 Jeri was invited to participate in Sundance’s Women in Film Female Filmmaker’s Initiative.

Her television project include works for Fox News Network, HGTV, the History Channel, and the Travel Channel.

Jeri is a fifth generation Montanan.  She holds a MFA in Media Arts from the University of Montana.  She is currently a producer in Missoula and working on a documentary about Native American adoptees with Brooke Swaney due for release in 2017.

If you would like more information about the exhibition, please contact BACC Director Valerie Vadala Homer at  602.769.0648 or email at

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