Majestic mountains, untamed rivers, and fascinating wildlife capture the imagination of some of the countries finest artists. With the vision of residents and art lovers in the valley, Ennis has become a living gallery of art.
Walk the streets of town, and you will find incredible bronze sculptures by Jim Dolan including the famous "A Wreck Waiting to Happen" in the Wild Rose Park on Main Street. Jim's other works include a wild mustang, the lucky fly fisherman, and the surveyor.
Dedicated in 2000, the Veterans' Memorial is a powerful tribute to those who have served our country. The cowboy/soldier bronze at the site is the work of local artist David Lemon. The new "Welcome to Ennis" steel cowboy signs, the mountain sheep resting at the school, and many other art surprises await visitors. All in all, there is more art on display here than in many large Montana cities!
Along with these permanent displays, our local artists can be found doing quick sketches or designing posters for the Ennis-on-the-Madison Fly Fishing Festival, signing t-shirts at the 4th of July Parade, or donating works for auctions to support the Madison River Music Festival, the Madison Valley Library Building Fund, and countless other worthwhile causes.
Excellent galleries dot Main Street and give the visitor a glimpse of the wide variety of talent with paintings, baskets, weavings, stained glass, sculptures, bowls, knives, scrimshaw and furniture all on display.
Art Activites to Enjoy
- Art Walking Tour
- Ennis Arts Festival
- Ravens Watch Fine Art Show
- Ennis-on-the-Madison Fly Fishing Festival
- GFWC Craft Fair
- Art Galleries
Painting by Bern Sundell, Courtesy of Riverstone Gallery