Every year, Zootown Arts Community Center holds their Last Best Print Fest, a fundraiser consisting of all kinds of games and events and demonstrations and exhibitions that raises money for their community print shop. Typically, this is a pretty active couple of weeks with lots of people taking part over at ZACC... but of course, due to COVID-19 concerns, they're not really able to do that.

But the good news is, they figured out a way to do the whole thing online! Using social media channels, live streams and more, the Last Best Print Fest can now take place on your phones. Here's all the info from their Facebook event page:

Last Best Print Fest 2020
The ZACC website, Facebook, Instagram, and 216 W Main St // May 1-29
Featured Artist: Bev Beck Glueckert
Portfolio Exchange Theme: Covers (Books & Records)

Last Best Print Fest is the ZACC's annual fundraiser for The ZACC Community Print Shop. The event always includes a portfolio exchange and art opening for Montana and regional print-makers based on a theme, and an entire day of free demos in a wide variety of print-making styles. It also includes an engaging ‘Bingo Card’ activity, where members of the community search for prints by the year’s featured artist in local businesses and nonprofits. This year’s LBPF will be a little different than years past, but all the major components will be there — they’ll just be online!

Sponsored by: Betty’s Divine, Radius Gallery, The Artists’ Shop, Clyde Coffee, Missoula Art Museum, Montana Museum of Art and Culture, Bathing Beauties Beads, & Le Petit Outre
LBPF Bingo returns for a social-distancing friendly romp through our LBPF Sponsor’s websites in search of Bev’s work — and the answers to specific questions. Anyone can play! Every completed bingo card will be entered into a drawing to receive a Bev Glueckert print and $100 in credit towards the LBPF sponsor of their choice! We will run LBPF Bingo from May 1-29. At the end of the event we will draw a random bingo card out of a hat and announce the winner!

As part of LBPF 2020 the ZACC Print Shop is hosting its Ninth Annual Portfolio Exchange, themed ‘Covers’. Participating artists will supply an edition of twelve prints. Of the edition of twelve, ten of the prints will be redistributed to other participants in a random selection process. One print will be displayed in the LBPF Exhibition & Silent Auction (a fundraiser for the ZACC Print Shop) on the ZACC website and our Greater Giving auction platform (used for the 2020 Mini Show). Prints will also be displayed in the Giant Front Windows Gallery at 216 W Main St. Artists will be able to pick up their collated portfolios on May 29, during the closing event, or when the ZACC is able to safely reopen (whichever comes first).

This year we're proud to honor Bev Beck Glueckert as our featured printmaker. Bev lives and works in Missoula, Montana. Her work has been widely exhibited throughout Montana and the Northwest region, as well as nationally. She has been an art instructor and workshop facilitator for adults and children for 30 years. Bev has served as adjunct faculty in drawing and printmaking at The University of Montana and The University of Great Falls. Bev is a member of the SALTMINE artists group, and she holds a BA degree from the University of Idaho and a MFA degree in printmaking from the University of Montana.

Throughout the month of May, our featured artist Bev Beck Glueckert and other local print-makers will host demonstrations of different print-making techniques on various ZACC social media channels, including YouTube. Be on the lookout for this great free art instruction!

Local print-maker Christa Carlton is printing 150 postcards that ZACC staff will be sending out (in envelopes) to folks on our mailing list. The cards will be stamped and pre-addressed to the ZACC, and will provide space for people to express themselves artistically or through writing. Once completed, folks will send them back to us, and we’ll compile them for a show in our Blackfoot Communications Gallery (once we are safely reopened), for a sort of pandemic retrospective. Bonus: it helps the US Postal Service!

May 29 // Details TBA

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