Sunrise Festival of the Arts celebrates 28 years in Veteran’s Memorial Park, Sidney Montana, on July 14 from 8:00-4:00 pm, presented by XTO Energy. Sunrise Festival of the Arts connects local and regional artists, craftspeople, and authors with shoppers and enthusiasts. The Sidney Area Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture Sunrise Festival Committee works tirelessly to plan and execute a full day of shopping, demonstrations, live entertainment, kid’s activities, and food options. Purchase a Sunrise Festival button and redeem discounts offered by local merchants and enter to win prizes, including the annual grand prize: a piece of art from the featured artist of the year.
Every year the Sunrise Festival of the Arts committee chooses a featured artist, recognized for their talent and unique style. This year, we feature photographer Sean R. Heavey from Glasgow, Montana. Heavey earned the nickname “Weather Paparazzi” for his relentless storm chasing to capture the perfect image. Publications such as the New York Post, Boston Globe, Popular Science, USA Today, and National Geographic have printed his impressive photographs. This year’s chosen art piece, “The Mothership” showcases a massive supercell rolling across the plains at sunset, capturing the terrifying beauty of a Montana storm in striking clarity. Born in the Pacific NW, Heavey relocated to Montana and fell in love with the “Other Side of Montana”. He lives in Glasgow with his family where they run a combination coffee shop, yoga studio, and art gallery.
On Friday July 13 at 6:00 pm, enjoy the Sunrise Festival’s Free Kick off Concert featuring The Sound Exchange, a five member a capella group based in Minnesota’s Twin Cities. Known to “bring dazzling harmonies, great stage presence, and a wise-cracking audience interaction together in a whirlwind acapella experience,” the group kicks off Sunrise Festival as entertainment for the “Light the Park” cancer care fundraising event. The Foundation for Community Care will erect a VIP tent in Veterans Memorial Park for the performance. Admission to the VIP tent is $30 and proceeds benefit Sidney Health Center Cancer Care. Each VIP admission ticket includes food, drinks, and a lantern hung in the park in honor or memory of a loved one affected by cancer. The free concert is a first time partnership between the Sidney Area Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture, Sidney Health Center Cancer, and the Foundation for Community Care. Tickets for the VIP tent are available at the Sidney Area Chamber of Commerce or the Foundation for Community Care. For additional information or to make a donation to the Sidney Health Center Cancer Care call 488-2273 or visit foundationforcommunitycare.org.
A non-profit membership organization, the Sidney Area Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture has a mission to provide leadership by fostering a progressive economic environment in support and promotion of our business and agriculture communities. Throughout the year, the Chamber hosts multiple events designed to promote and attract people to our member businesses. The Sidney Chamber serves as a central location for welcoming new businesses, visitors, families, and individuals to our area.
Artists, crafters, writers, vendors, and enthusiasts alike are welcome at our festival. To purchase a booth space, a Festival button, or to sponsor this year's event, please click here.