Summer 2017 Season!

We’re excited to announce our re-opening for the Summer 2017 Season!

The Clark Chateau’s summer season will begin on Friday May 5th, 5:00pm to 9:00pm for Uptown Art Walk, then Saturday and Sunday, 12:00pm-4:00pm. This will mark the opening of our new permanent exhibit, “Ring Down the Drop: The Arts & Cultural History of Butte,” and our May/June gallery exhibit, “100 Years: A Community Art Show.” After that, we will be open Thursday through Sunday, 12:00pm-4:00pm through the end of October. 

We will be offering one guided tour per day starting at 1:00pm, led by the knowledgeable and multitalented Frankee Angel. However, she may appear in a different form, depending on the day. Walk-ins are welcome, but you may also call ahead (406-565-5600) to reserve a spot on the tour.

The Chateau has seen incredible growth this year, doubling our visitorship during the off-season with more events, activities, classes and rentals. Now our summer schedule is full up with more fundraising events, guests from our Speaker Series, performances from The Ballroom Players play development series, and more. Click the link below to download our full schedule:

Summer 2017 Schedule

Happenings at the Chateau: September 30, 2016

Happening Tonight!


Youth Open Mic, organized by the 2016 Summer Interns!


This event is free and open to the public.  In addition to the Open Mic, the youth internship exhibition will be up and available to view one last time.  Come and celebrate these incredible young minds tonight.

2016 Intern Presentations Poster

Upcoming happenings:


Jan Richter’s My Own Private Montana will be up through October 15 and is featured for the October Art Walk.  If you haven’t seen this incredible exhibition, join us on Art Walk!


And while you’re art walking, take a dance break in the ballroom- Tango lesson by Dance Kinexion runs from 5-9pm that night.  


A look into the black and white ball–


We’re preparing for the Black and White Ball! We have some general spiffing and polishing to do- if you are interested in helping with that spiffing in the month of October, please visit this link or send an email to
Tickets for the ball can be purchased at this link.



More updates from the off season coming soon,



Happenings at the Chateau: September 23, 2016

It’s the last week of tour season.

The Chateau will soon be at rest for fall and winter, reopening from time to time to host events like the October Art Walk, our upcoming Mining City Writing Project, and the Archives’ Black and White Ball.

While this beloved house waits for the arrival of spring, the Chateau staff will be hard at work.  We will be bringing together projects and programming, and planning for the year ahead.


In the Gallery


Jan Richter’s My Own Private Montana will be in our gallery through October 15.

Come view these works during the final Art Walk of the season, October 7, from 5-7pm or by appointment (

It was a joy to work with Jan in installing this exhibition, and in learning about his incredible relationship with this state.

Also during the Art Walk, Dance Kinexion will be hosting a free Tango crash course in the ballroom!  


Happenings September to October


The Youth Open Mic is next Friday, September 30 from 7 to 10PM.  This free event will feature a final look at the internship exhibition, Perspectives from the Nebula.




The Archives’ Night in Black and White, benefitting the restoration of the C. Owen Smithers photography collection will be on Friday, October 28 2016 at 6:30PM.  Tickets are available at this link.



Soon, we will be introducing our new writer’s residency, the Mining City Writing Project.  Keep an eye out for more about this project!



Last Week

We had a great time celebrating with the Covellite International Film Festival in their inaugural year.  Raj Amit Kumar, founder of Dark Frames and director of Unfreedom, gave a stirring talk on film censorship.

Congratulations to everyone involved in this festival on a wonderful weekend!



There’s more to come this fall.  Watch this blog and our Facebook page for details!




Happenings at the Chateau: September 9, 2016

In the Gallery


Jan Richter’s My Own Private Montana opened on Friday, September 2nd, during Art Walk.  It will be up through September, available to view during our open hours (Thursday through Sunday, Noon to 4PM,) during public events, or by appointment.

A few words about Jan and this exhibition:

As a child, Czech photographer Jan Richter fell in love with the American West. On his first visit to the US he drove across 27 states, but Montana had the greatest impact on his work.

His new collection, “My Own Private Montana” celebrates the state’s enigmatic overlap of past and present, with a particular focus on Missoula and Butte.”


When working with Jan, it was immediately clear that Montana is a lifelong love of his, with Butte being one of the places he calls his western home.  During the opening for his exhibition, Jan played some of his favorite folk and western songs with Missoula musician, Aaron Jennings.

janballroomRichter, on the right, playing his acoustic guitar that he bought several years ago at Double Lazy S Guitars.  Richter and Jennings, left, played requests for our Art Walk guests.  

Happenings this weekend

Speaker Series Aaron Parrett

This Friday, September 10th, Aaron Parrett will be signing and speaking about his new book, Montana Americana Music.  Doors open at 6pm- Parrett will be signing books until 7pm, at which point the reading will begin.  


Here’s a little about Parrett’s book, from Arcadia Publishing/The History Press:

Montana’s relationship to Americana music is as wide and deep as the famed Missouri river that inspired countless musicians seated at its shores. From the fiddling of Pierre Cruzatte and George Gibson in the Corps of Discovery to the modern day loner-folk of Joey Running Crane and Cameron Boster, the Treasure State inspires the production of top-notch country music. In the 1950s, bands like the Snake River Outlaws fostered a longstanding love of hillbilly honky-tonk, and in 1970s the Mission Mountain Wood Band added a homegrown flavor of their own. Contemporary acts like The Lil’ Smokies and songwriter Martha Scanlan promise a vibrant future for the local sound. Author and musician Aaron Parrett explores this history to show what it means to boot stomp in Big Sky Country.

And some info about Aaron:

Aaron Parrett started writing songs in 1995 while living on Barber Street in Athens, Georgia, while he was enrolled in graduate school in Comparative Literature. The Sinners, his first CD, came out in 1996 to great critical acclaim. A year later he teamed up with Jason Anderson, Jon Mills, and John Neff to record a second showcase of his songs called The Judge and the Jury: The Legend of Jim Collins, released in 2000 on the Pizzle label. He and Jason recorded a second Judge and Jury album in 2002, called Left of the Mason Dixon Line, which also featured some fine pedal steel work by John Neff.

Meanwhile, Aaron started writing stuff other than songs-an academic tome on traveling to the moon, various essays, and a dozen short stories that have appeared in places like The Massachusetts Review, Open Spaces, Wild Blue Yonder, The Wisconsin Review, and Janus Head. Some of these stories are available for your reading pleasure elsewhere on this website.

Nowadays, teaching at the local college in Great Falls, Montana keeps him pretty busy, but he plays out regularly throughout the state, and gives readings when invited.


Happenings in the near future



  • Next Saturday, September 17, we will be hosting an event with the Covellite International Film Festival, and the last tour of the day will be at 2pm.



  • The following Saturday, September 24th, we will be closed all day for a wedding.


Who’s Writing?

Michelle Louis is a Butte native, spending most of her life between Butte and southeastern Colorado.  An uptown resident, Michelle has worked on community events like the Empty Bowls Project and the Original Nightmare Haunted Attraction, and is the current Director of Artist Hospitality for the Montana Folk Festival.  In the past year, Michelle has worked as an instructor at the Clay Studio of Missoula while studying Art Education and Ceramics at the University of Montana.  In August, Michelle returned to Butte from Missoula to join the Root and the Bloom Collective and Historic Clark Chateau, and continue to work in the arts.

Michelle will be posting regularly to the Chateau blog this fall and winter.

Perspectives from the Nebula: 2016 Summer Intern Project Presentations

Last night we celebrated our Summer Interns and their final humanities projects! They presented their projects in the Ballroom, where their work will be displayed for the rest of the season.

For the past two months, our interns have participated in workshops with local artists and humanists, experimenting with a variety of artistic mediums and delving into existential and humanitarian questions. “Perspectives from the Nebula” examines our planetary and universal experience through myth, dance, fashion, sculpture and sound.

Leif Clark – “GuitarMan” (Sculpture/ Mixed Media)

Blaine Andersen & Katy Allison – “Sitnalta” (Creative Writing/ Mixed Media)

Ruthe Meeks – “Trashion” (Fashion Design)

Cassidy Duddy – “Vice and Virtue” (Dance/ Film)

Tom Gammons – “Accidental Symphony” (Music Composition)

August Art Exhibit: Robin Gammons and Dalayna Christenson

Robin Gammons Infertility Goddesses.jpg

Join us on Friday August 5th from 5pm to 9pm for the Uptown Butte Art Walk, celebrating the opening of our August exhibit, featuring multimedia works by MSU students Robin Gammons and Dalayna Christenson. In the words of the artists, this show “explores the trials and triumphs of being brand-new female artists by way of wise words and naked ladies.”

For a sneak peek, check out this installation shot:

Robin & Dalayna Installation

Click here to RSVP on Facebook!

On Exhibit June-July ’16 : Montana Art Therapy Association

The Montana Art Therapy Association proudly presents their traveling art exhibit, now on exhibit in the Clark Chateau Gallery. The theme, “Freedom Within the Frame,” reflects the concept that within the bounds of the therapeutic relationship in an art therapy session (the frame) resides safety and freedom which creates potential for deep healing and growth. From the larger perspective our theme also implies -the freedom to create resides within the frame of any canvas.

The artists here include professional art therapists in private practice, recent master’s degree graduates working toward art therapy credentialing and an art therapy client co-creating with their art therapist.

What is Art Therapy anyway? Art therapy is a regulated mental health profession with rigorous educational and professional standards. For more information you can check out