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 clarkchateau@gmail.com
Tickets for the ball can be purchased at this link.



More updates from the off season coming soon,



Happenings at the Chateau: September 16, 2016

Last Week:


We’d like to thank Aaron Parrett for coming in and giving a wonderful lecture on his new book, Montana Americana Music!


Happenings this Weekend


Tomorrow afternoon, Raj Amit Kumar will be speaking on his feature film, Unfreedom, and it’s censorship in his home country of India.  His talk will be held in the ballroom at 4:15pm, and is part of the first Covellite Film Festival.  


About Kumar:


Raj Amit Kumar graduated in Masters of Arts in Cinema and Media Studies from City University of New York (CUNY) in 2006 where he received the George Custen Memorial Award for Academic Excellence. He finished his Ph.D. coursework in Cinema and Media studies at Southern Illinois University (SIUC) and began working on his first feature length film Unfreedom.

His talent and intellect have also been commended with awards such as the National Scholarship of India for Academic Excellence and the Faculty Screenwriting Award at University of film and Video Association (UFVA) 2009.


He is also a media academic, teacher, and writer. He has taught cinema theory and history at both his alma maters, CUNY and SIUC. His writings and research papers have been published and presented at various conferences as well.


His next two film projects, titled Ayodhya and Black Boots, are currently, in development stages.


Unfreedom will be screening at 7:45, Saturday September 17 at the Covellite Theatre.


More Happenings:


We will be closed next Saturday, September 24 for a wedding.


Jan Richter’s My Own Private Montana will be in our gallery through the end of the month.  If you haven’t seen this wonderful collection of photography, be sure to stop in during our tour hours, during a public event, or by appointment (email clarkchateau@gmail.com.)


We’re hosting a Back-to-School Open Mic Night on Friday, September 30 from 7 to 10pm.  This is a free event and will be a last look at our internship exhibition, Perspectives from the Nebula.


We’re having a ball


In the literal sense.  In October, we will be hosting the Archives’ Black and White Ball benefitting the preservation of the C. Owen Smithers photograph collection.  

The event will be on October 28,2016 at 6:30pm.



Tickets are $50 for individuals and $75 for couples and can be purchased through this link.


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.

Youth Grief Support Group: Aug. 25- Sept. 15, 2016

If a child you know has experienced the death of someone important, Easter Seals-Goodwill Highlands Hospice intern Josh Pate-Terry and certified bereavement counselor Melody Rice are offering a free, four-week Living and Grieving support group for youth ages 8-13. The program will offer a safe place where youth can process grief as well as meet and play with peers who have dealt with similar losses.

Meetings will take place on Thursday afternoons at 3:30, August 25th – September 15th, 2016 at the Clark Chateau.

For more info or to register, contact Josh at Highlands Hospice 406-533-3207.

The Clark Chateau is a government-owned building that opens its doors for community use, rentals, and private and public events. The Chateau does not endorse or provide sponsorship for activities run by community members, and has a strict non-discrimination policy.

For more information about the Clark Chateau’s rental and community use policies, or to inquire about hosting your event at the Chateau, please contact Program Director Callison Stratton at clarkchateau@gmail.com.