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Saturday, February 8, 2014
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. - Bonner School
HOOKed on Art celebrates the 95th anniversary of Walter Hook's birth!

Original Walter Hook works from private collections, from the Missoula Art Museum, and the Montana Museum of Art and Culture fill the Library along with Bonner student art directed by instructor Erin Roberts. To honor Walter Hook's teaching legacy, Bob Phinney instructs a free 2-hour class including Bonner School art students and members of the public. Walter Hook Art Scholarships are available for Bonner students for summer classes at the Missoula Art Museum courtesy of our generous HOOKed on Art sponsors. Honoring our timber heritage is a display of furniture by Hellgate Forge.
The Art Market (see menu at left), live music, delicious lunch, doorprizes...

...February just got a whole lot brighter!

Meet the Art Market Artists

Featured Artist Bob Phinney
Register at 10 a.m. in the Bonner School Library for a free 2 hour art class taught by Bob. No early registration. Class size limited.
Class to be held from 10:30 - 12:30 in the Bonner Community Room. All materials furnished.

Bob Phinney

Bob PhinneyA special welcome to Bob Phinney, guest artist for the 9th Annual Hooked on Art festival! Bob was Guest Artist in 2010 and since that time has annually taught classes to Bonner students. This year, in honor of the 95th anniversary of Walter Hook's birth," Bob will instruct a 2 hour class of students and adults. (see registration information above)

Read more about Bob.  Visit Bob's website.



Hellgate Forge | Missoula Art Museum | Walter Hook | Bonner Student Art

Hellgate Forge

Hellgate  Forge handleCustom metal and mixed media, forged architectural hardware, housewares and lighting including architectural iron, fireplace doors, gates, and furniture on display in the Library. A specialty is custom furniture, lighting, and housewares incorporating timbers and iron from the Blackfoot River and Bonner mill site.

Visit their website or Facebook page.


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Missoula Art Museum

mam-logo-and-tag-line-nov-2The Missoula Art Museum is proud to participate in the 9th Annual Celebration of HOOKed on Art with an exhibit entitled Walter Hook: Building an Arts Community Under the Big Sky. This exhibit of Hook artworks from the museum's permanent collection emphasizes the inspiration Walter drew from his beloved community.

Visit the MAM website.

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Walter Hook Pieces from Private Collections

Help celebrate the 95th anniversary of Walter Hook's birth by exhibiting your Walter Hook art in the Bonner School Library on February 8. Call Bonner School, 258-6151, or Judy Matson, 258-6335.

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Bonner Student Art

Enjoy the creativity of Bonner Art Students exhibited in the Library, lunchroom, and throughout the school.

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 John Floridis | The Slaydens

Just as Walter Hook took inspiration from many subjects and mediums, Hooked on Art transforms Bonner School into a gathering of delights for the eyes, ears, tastebuds, and the soul. For the ears, the sweet sound of music.

John Floridis

John FloridisJohn Floridis is a Missoula, Montana based guitarist, singer-songwriter and composer. He has been a resident in the "Big Sky" since 1993 having moved there from the strong shouldered, down-but-never-out city of Cleveland, Ohio. He has released 5 recordings mixing bluesy, folk-rock vocal tunes with adventurous solo acoustic guitar compositions including one seasonal recording "December's Quiet Joy." He has been named Missoula's best musician by the Missoula Independent and performed in the Western region for over a decade. He has performed with artists as diverse as Shawn Colvin, Derek Trucks, Patty Griffin, Richard Thompson, Emmylou Harris, Bruce Cockburn, Kelly Joe Phelps, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and Patty Larkin. John also fronts Burning River, a blues-funk-rock concept that performs in the Western region. He is also a producer of programs for Montana Public Radio and a former Registered Music Therapist. John Floridis performs with guitar, vocals and sometimes manipulated, sampled and looped sounds.

Visit John's website. Listen to John Floridis's music

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The Slaydens


North Fork Crossing Band

Riley, Jen, and Grace Slayden have been playing at Hooked on Art since 2009 as the Blue Mountain Music Makers.

Riley and Grace are in a new band, the North Fork Crossing Band. North Fork Crossing Band plays bluegrass, but they occasionally include fiddle tunes, folk, Celtic, blues, and swing. The members of the band are Riley Slayden on banjo, Grace Slayden on fiddle, and Adin Kloetzel on mandolin.

Listen to the North Fork Crossing Band

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All Day:

Art Market in Gym
Craft Fair in Hallways
Exhibits: Original Walter Hook work, Hellgate Forge, Bonner student art,  Missoula Art Museum, Montana Museum of Art and Culture in Library

10 a.m. - 3 p.m.:

Close Up Cafe in Cafeteria
Fresh Cinnamon Rolls (while they last!)

10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.:

Bob Phinney art class in Community Room


11-11:45  The Slaydens
12-12:45  Arthur and Duggin, guitar
1-1:45     John Floridis
2-2:45    McKenna Munden jazz group from Hellgate High School

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Art is food for the soul.

The rest of your body needs the Close Up Café!


Hot Coffee

Fresh Cinnamon Rolls (While they last!)


BEVERAGES: Coffee, Tea, Hot Chocolate, Water, Sodas, Gatorade



Alice's Chili and Fresh-baked Cornbread

Hot Dogs and Chips



Homemade goodies

Good food, Good cause

Support Bonner School's Close Up Students!

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History of Hooked on Art

HOOKed on Art, established in 2006, is a natural celebration for Bonner. Walter's friends and admirers had long felt a tribute was overdue. After the Friends of Two Rivers first successful Confluence Day, Erickson's and Matson's were celebrating with a burger at the River City Grill where they met Vic and Ilona Hangas. Appreciative of the natural resource festival, Vic's comment, "What we really need is to honor Walter Hook." With that comment, a new Bonner tradition was born and is celebrated every year on the Saturday before Valentine's Day. 

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A Tribute to Walter Hook

"He's my hero." Vic Hangas

"He was my grandfather. I like to look at him as an inspiration." Nissa Liesz


Do you have a reminiscence or photo of Walter Hook to share? Send it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . All submissions will be credited.

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Past Featured Artists


2013 Louis Archambault "Tricks with Watercolor"
2012 Bobby Tilton "Humor & Wisdom, Walter Hook's Influences"
2011 George Gogas "Perspectives on Hook and Gogas"

Bob Phinney

The Art Spirit Gallery

"Creating Harmony with Nature"

Kendahl Jan Jubb

Murphy-Jubb Fine Art

"Influences on My Style"

Monte Dolack

Monte Dolack Art Gallery

"Evolution of an Artist"

Dudley Dana

The Dana Gallery

"East Meets West" Tour

Lela and Rudy Autio

George Gogas

Janet Hook Julin

Richard Bush

"Remembering Walter"


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Driving Directions to Bonner

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From Missoula: via I-90: take Exit 109 for MT 200 E to Bonner/Great Falls. Take MT 200 to Bonner School, 9045 Hwy 200. Parking behind school.


From Missoula via Hwy 200. Follow 200 through Milltown and around the mill yard to Bonner School, 9045 Hwy 200. Parking behind school.


From the East: Take Exit 109 for MT Hwy 200 E to Bonner/Great Falls. Take MT 200 to Bonner School, 9045 Hwy 200. Parking behind school.


From the Northeast: Hwy 200 W to Bonner School, 9045 Hwy 200. Parking behind school.


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