Pilgrim, Polk and Roberts to be inducted into the Montana Circle of American Masters

The Montana Arts Council is proud to honor three talented artisans in an induction ceremony of the Montana Circle of American Masters on Wednesday, April 19, at 12 p.m. (noon), in the Supreme Court Chambers of Montana’s State Capitol. A reception will immediately follow in the Capitol Rotunda. The three honorees are Beverly (Bev) Jane Polk, Sarah Pilgrim and Daniel Roberts.
Handweaver Bev Polk of Wilsall weaves cheerful, wearable art, table runners and toppers, towels and sofa pillows featuring the joyous use of color and Scandinavian practicality. Bev is a member of the Montana Association of Weavers and Spinners, is a Certified Artist of the Montana Artrepreneur Program, and has taught weaving to young artists in Africa.
Weaver Sarah Pilgrim, also from Wilsall, translates centuries old weaving traditions into 21st-century wearable art. Sarah shares knowledge with the weaving community through the Bozeman Weavers’ Guild as well as the Montana Association of Weavers and Spinners. Within these organizations, she has taught at the local guild level and at state conferences as well as around the Northwest.
Luthier Daniel Roberts of Belgrade builds guitars and mandolins using woods chosen first for tonal excellence and then for their unique visual particularity, aurally and dynamically tailored to a musician’s needs. Some of his clients include Stevie Nicks and Eric Clapton. Daniel shares his craft regionally, nationally, internationally and through apprenticeships.
Montana American Masters are recognized as exemplary practitioners of visual traditional art forms, and their work reflects the highest quality of craftsmanship, design, and authenticity. Induction into the Montana Circle of the American Masters is complex and includes rigorous review within a tiered system to ensure program credibility. Members must create works in depth and brilliance that deepen our awareness of the rich and diverse cultural and artistic traditions of the people of Montana. For more information, please feel free to contact: Sheri Jarvis, Folk Arts and Montana Artrepreneur Program Director, at sherijarvis@mt.gov.


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