Art show opens Aug. 9

BOZEMAN – Through an art show at Sola Café, a group of Montana artists will showcase the Moroccan Berber culture and the work of the Atlas Cultural Foundation through paintings, sketches and photography this August and September.

On display will be works from part time Montana-Morocco resident and photographer Kristoffer Erickson; pastels and photographs from ACF board member Ann Justin; oil paintings from Livingston artist Aaron Schuerr; pastels from Carol Woolford and Melissa Branson; and architectural sketches from Montana State University architecture professor Christopher Livingston.

The Atlas Cultural Foundation works to help underserved Moroccans, especially women and children, improve their quality of life through locally determined development projects in cultural preservation, education and health.

“The success of our programs is a direct result of [a] commitment to service between Montanans and Moroccans,” said Cloe Erickson, president and founder of ACF.

Working in the Atlas Mountains, ACF has focused on development in the region of Zawiya Ahansal since 2009. Collaborating with MSU-Bozeman as well as individual Montanans, ACF has in the last five years restored three historic buildings, constructed a refuse oven, implemented a year-round elementary school tutoring program and conducted community and environmental health education and outreach.

The show will open Aug. 9 at 4:30 p.m.