For the past 18 years, the Montana Artists Refuge in Basin has been such a place — welcoming some 300 artists to this tiny historic mining town.
Into the refuge’s high-ceiling, airy studios came actors, dancers, composers, musicians, opera singers, painters, sculptors, writers of fiction and nonfiction, poets, screenwriters, filmmakers, multi-media artists, costume designers and more. They journeyed from as far as China and Poland or as near as Missoula and Great Falls.
Many looked shell-shocked when they first drove into the tiny town of 212 — a place so sleepy dogs nap in the middle of Basin Street, the main thoroughfare.
But as sun and mountain air and starry skies poured in their studio windows, a door in the mind swung open — spilling out plays, poems, music.
The last artists came and left in September, with the refuge officially closing its doors Oct. 1.
Curtain closes on Montana Artists Refuge's 18-year run