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"The Next Chapter" Mural Project Description

As a thank you to the Bitterroot for 50 years of sharing a love of books, reading and community, Chapter One is coordinating the installation of murals on the west side of the bookstore along 3rd St. and the alley between Main St. and Pinckney on the north side of the building.  The murals will be representative of our community’s landscape, but also love for books demonstrated by the Bitterroot’s support of a rural bookstore for 50 years! The mural will be designed and installed by Britt Flood, a professional muralist who will also provide an artist workshop to teach local artists how to design and install murals. The mural will be installed by the artist in early July 2024.  Draft designs are featured below.  The first mural will be along the west wall of the building and the second one will be in the alley facing north:

About the Artist

Britt Flood is a professional muralist and painter from Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Her art work is vibrant and colorful, meant to activate spaces with “visual poetry.” She has a professional goal of installing public art in all 50 states, this mural will be her first in Montana. She was chosen for her professionalism, experience and colorful aesthetic which will activate the corridor leading from Main St. to additional downtown businesses and public parking opportunities north of downtown. Even from afar, Britt has been able to capture the visual beauty of our natural landscape, flora and fauna while calling attention Hamilton as a community of readers able to support a bookstore for 50 years! In addition to installing the murals, Britt will provide an artists workshop in July for anyone interested in turning their art into large scale works of public art.  If you are interested in this opportunity please email us at books@chapter1bookstore.com.  If you would like to see more of her public and private art works visit brittflood.com.

Mural Sponsors

This project has been sponsored by the generous support of downtown businesses including:

 Aura Painting, Co.  Big thanks to Aura Painting Co. for their generous support offering to prep the mural surface for this project.  They contribute their time and skills to downtown volunteering to hang lights, make events magical and help businesses freshen up their facades with a fresh coat of paint.  We are grateful for the help of Andrew and his team.

K&S Greenhouse supports the beautification of downtown by designing and supplying the seasonal flower baskets and being a source of annuals and perennials for landscapes across the Bitterroot.  Thank you K&S for your continued efforts to make downtown bloom!

Thank you Bitter Root Brewery for supporting this project and actively contributing to important community causes with Pint Nights.  Open 7 days a week, there's always something on tap in Hamilton thanks to Bitter Root Brewery.

Mandy Snook and her team at Montana Home & Land Co. know Hamilton and what makes a great town.  Thanks for being part of our community of readers and supporting public art in Hamilton.

Thank you Taylor at State Farm for contributing to this project and for being a leader in our downtown community.  

Boyd and his family once owned the building Chapter One resides in.  He is a great neighbor and we are gratful to the contribution of our neighbor at First Montana Title, Co. the Bitterroot's oldest title company.

 Active Bitterroot Physical Therapy supports healthy living by providing physical therapy services to whatever ales you.  Their goal is to keep you active and engaged in a physical lifestyle so you can enjoy all the wonders of the Bitterroot Valley's outdoor recreation.

 When we need a job done well Allegra is there.  Detail oriented high quality printing and supportive of our community to boot!  Thanks Allegra!

 We love partnering with Bauder Home.  They co-host our monthly Cook+Book Book Club and even have shared their displays with us!  Their support making this project happen is just one more way working together elevates downtown!

  This female powerhouse of a business is a big giver to our downtown.  During the holidays the stylists at Salon 21 offer free "Who" hair styling for our Grinch story time bringing a little extra magic to the season.  This is one talented group of women we love to have as neighbors.

 Sisters Sage and Savannah at Copper Poppy Boutique offer a great selection of high fashion classic attire for everyday living.  Check them out on 3rd and Main.

Explore the Arts is a non-profit education, work space and gallery supporting the arts across the Bitterroot Valley.  They are actively engaged in our downtown partnering with serveral other businesses organizing Culture Crawl a monthly celebration of the Arts in downtown Hamilton.

 Geum Environmental Consulting brings ecological perspective to restoration projects across Montana and Idaho.  Located in downtown Hamilton they are an asset to the diversity of businesses that support our local economy.

Thank you to the Lande Family for contributing to our mural in memory of our very dear friend and mail man, Troy.  heart


How You Can Support More Public Art In Downtown Hamilton

While funding for this project has been achieved, you can support public art in our community in many ways including:

  • Providing financial support to similar projects and improvements to Hamilton's downtown facades by contributing to the Hamilton Downtown Foundation's Facade Improvement Grant Program.  Donate here.
  • Participating in downtown arts initiatives such as Explore the Arts and Clay Works which provide gallery space, studios and educational classes for the art loving community. 
  • Purchasing art at downtown galleries
  • Find out more about local artists and their creations through the member supported Bitterroot Arts Guild.

Thank you for supporting public art in our community.  We hope this is the beginning of more projects showcasing our community's commitment to public art and our historic downtown.