Made Fair returns to Caras Park for 14th year

Abby Lynes for the Missoulian

Every piece of artwork has a story, and the organizers of this year’s summer Made Fair want you to hear them.

“It’s kind of as much about celebrating the process and the story as it is about the final piece,” said Carol Lynn Lapotka, one of the event’s founders.

Rain or shine, Missoula’s 14th summer Made Fair will be at Caras Park on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., featuring 165 artists, each with their own tale to tell. Planners had to choose those artists from a pool of about about 250 applicants, with about 24% new artists, Lapotka said.

There are so many new budding artists in Missoula that it’s hard to pick applicants to be in the fair, she said. Jurors look for people who are doing something new.

“It’s a pretty competitive show to get into,” she said. “We look for kind of unique stuff — someone who’s doing a new twist on an old kind of skill.”

One of the new faces at this year’s fair is Monica Gilles-BringsYellow, a self-taught artist who typically paints portraits of Indigenous people using materials like inks, acrylics and resin. Her paintings are typically two-dimensional but are designed

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