The chisels and chippers have been put away until next December and nearly 50 sculptures have emerged on the streets of Uptown Butte after Butte’s Winter Blast’s 19th Annual Ice Sculpting Contest was held on Saturday.
Major sponsors were Northwestern Energy and KXLF-TV. George Everett, Uptown Butte executive director, also directed thanks for support that made the event possible from Pioneer Technical Services, St. James Healthcare and Glacier Bank and several small business ice sponsors.
There are bears, penguins and guitars among other creations. KBMF radio has carved their logo with a fisted mic in front of their station on West Granite Street. Other carved logos grace the Phoenix Fabrication Studio on West Park and Collective Elevation on East Galena Street.
Yoda guards the door to The Post on East Galena Street. A wolf hurls a cold howl outside Park 217. An owl stands silent with an icy stare at Daniel Insurance on West Galena Street.
A rooster welcomes art shoppers to the Mainstope Gallery on South Montana Street, while an icy Christmas tree stands in front of Steele’s Arizona Street entrance.
The judges cast a cold eye and selected the best of the best in six categories:
– Grand Prize – Frank Hall — The Post, 2 E. Galena Street – Frank Hall
– Master 1st – Kelly McGonigal – Wein’s Men Store, 66 W. Park Street
– Master 2nd – Frank Todaro — Headframe Spirits, 21 S. Montana Street
– Adult 1st – Conner & Clayton Heggem – Park 217, 217 W. Park Street
– Adult 2nd – Vik Kujawa – Steele’s, 800 S. Wyoming Street (on Arizona side)
– Adult Beginner 1st – Mike Potts – Slainte, 43 E. park Street
– Adult Beginner 2nd – Jay Bresette – KBMF Radio, 156 W. Granite Street
– Youth 1st – Zan McGowan, 45 W. Park Street
– Youth 2nd – Ethan Heggem & Xavier Buben – Orphan Girl Theatre, 321 W. Park Street
– Decorated 1st – Marci Dunmire — M&M Bar & Café — 9 N. Main Street
– Decorated 2nd — Katie and Brandon Mattson — Staggering Ox, 549 S. Main Street
The 19th Annual Ice Sculpting Contest is one of many events throughout the year organized and presented by Mainstreet Uptown Butte, including the 29th Annual Christmas Stroll last week, the Butte Farmers’ Market returning next May, and the 10th Montana Folk Festival returning to Butte next July 10-12.
Much of the credit for success of the ice sculpting contest resides with master sculptor and event coordinator Corey Gransbery, with the businesses that sponsored ice blocks, and to the talented sculptors and judges who participated.
“There are several beautiful temporary works of art on Uptown sidewalks and some fine holiday deals in the stores. Come enjoy both before they disappear,” said Everett.