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Mixing Arts and Coffee

Celebrate Great Falls hosts latest coffee social at Artists’ Atelier.

Local artists and members of Celebrate Great Falls gather at the Artists’ Atelier Thursday, Oct. 10 for a coffee social.

Local artists and members of Celebrate Great Falls gather at the Artists’ Atelier Thursday, Oct. 10 for a coffee social. Photo by Alex McVeigh.

— The Artists’ Atelier in Great Falls hosted Celebrate Great Falls for one of their regular coffees Thursday, Oct. 10. The Atelier, located on Walker Road, is home to 16 members of Great Falls Studios who use the space as a studio.

While several of the resident artists prepared for the upcoming Great Falls Studios Tour, guests at the social mingled with them and discussed everything from the government shutdown to the possibilities of flooding over the past few rainy days.

The event also featured a donation by Celebrate Great Falls to the Great Falls Foundation for the Arts, which operates the adjacent art school. Old Brogue owner Mike Kearney presented GFFFTA Executive Director Julie Casso with a donation for $1,000.

“We’re very appreciative of the arts in Great Falls, especially the Atelier, the school and the foundation,” Kearney said. “Their work brightens the walls of many places in this community.”

Casso said she was grateful for the donation.

“This donation means so much to the foundation, and I promise it will go to benefit a lot of people,” she said.

This was the first coffee of the fall from Celebrate Great Falls. Erin Lobato of Celebrate Great Falls said the organization partners with various groups and businesses for the coffees, which are open to anybody who lives or works in the Great Falls area.

The foundation has hosted previous gatherings at Riverbend Park, The Old Brogue and Brix American Bistro.

Those interested in sponsoring a future coffee social can contact Lobato at erin_lobato@hotmail.com.