Artists and Craftsmen of the Flathead (ACF) is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the arts, crafts and small business in the Flathead Valley. We provide small business growth information to our members. ACF hosts 2 crafts shows per year and the online ACF Market where our members can sell their handcrafted products.
Artist of the Month - July 2020
Tina Jo Lerum - Tina Jo's Designs
Originally from Vancouver, Canada, my home base has been Lakeside, Montana for over half my life. I am grateful to my parents who exposed me to world cultures and instilled a love of travel. Souvenirs from those early travels were beaded necklaces, and today, my love of unique beads and foreign cultures has influenced a thriving jewelry business. Mostly self-taught, I experiment with sheet metal in copper, brass and sterling silver. Pieces may be hammered, polished, patinated or acid-treated, and are often engraved with my signature doodles. Besides metals, I design with beads, both domestic and from locales as far away as Bhutan and Peru. My other creations are wide-ranging and diverse including welding and oxy-acetylene cutting of steel, hand-drawing on various mediums and sculpting with found objects from the Flathead Valley.
Tina Jo’s Designs jewelry and greeting cards can be seen at local craft fairs, the Hockaday Museum of Art gift shop, Glacier Perks in Lakeside and the Wildflower Society Boutique in Somers as well as on Instagram and my Facebook page.