Time & Location


Saturday, August 27, 2022 

Events 9am - 7pm 

Downtown Kalispell, MT 59901, USA

The Kalispell Downtown Association and KALICO Art Center have teamed up to bring you a new event!  The Downtown Kalispell Art Challenge. We’re excited about the prospect of promoting Kalispell history with an event to commemorate the painting of more public art. 


Artist Clarence Rundell lived in Kalispell in the early part of the 20th century. In 1936, he came into a downtown building and offered Tom Bogart and Arthur Hollensteiner, owners of the Eagle Shoe Store (now Rocky Mountain Outfitters), a chance to get some murals on their walls. They selected a series of Glacier Park landscapes based on photographs from the collection of T.R. Hileman, the official photographer of the Great Northern Railway. In Mr. Rundell’s recounting of the experience, he said, “I painted one mural a day from the photographs. I got $25 a painting.” (In today’s money, that would be around $500.) These remarkably preserved works are the only paintings of Mr. Rundell’s left in the downtown area. In reverence to Clarence Rundell completing a painting a day for ten days, we will be inviting ten selected artists to paint simultaneously during a one day challenge. Artists will paint in front of a designated downtown business on August 27th and the completed works will be auctioned after a two week viewing time at locations downtown.  


The Kalispell Downtown Association and KALICO Art Center are excited to offer you the opportunity to partner with us in sponsorship. Select your sponsorship type below and provide us with your information. Invest in your community, invest in the arts! Watch the artist's paint from 9:00 AM - 7 PM on Saturday, August 27. Grab a bite to eat or a drink downtown! Support your local businesses shopping at our unique specialty shops and then join us at the close of the event for a reception where you can see and bid on the finished pieces.