Community

Dillavou has worked in New York City restaurants Charlie Bird, Marea and Maysville, and opened a restaurant with friends in New Orleans before switching to Family Meal in 2020. PHOTO COURTESY OF PHILLIP DILLAVOU

Challenge accepted

Working in a restaurant at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic must have been wild.

With so much uncertainty and awaiting decisions that likely left a person without a job, the stress levels are incomprehensible. Having a baby around the same time would have been wild times a million.

Beer bottle buttons, an airplane bottle smile, a bucket with an innertube inflated around it for the hat are just a few examples of the group’s creativity. PHOTO BY JANA BOUNDS

Covid man

An imposing figure is tucked in a corner of Ramshorn View Estates – standing a full 10 feet tall with beer bottle buttons, an airplane bottle smile, and a corncob pipe made out of a Beehive Brewery crowler can. The colossal Covid Man raises his Willie’s Distillery bottle to the sky with his ski arm.

Pemberton described the glow he saw in people’s faces after a haircut. He felt it was brought on more by the human connection than the haircut. PHOTO COURTESY OF KYLE PEMBERTON

Connection

One way to look at a hairstylist or a barber is to see them as bartenders—they hear all your secrets and stress, and it is kind of their job to keep it confidential, at least from the people it would matter to. The other way is to see them as a source of physical and emotional connection.

Creating her piece my body my choice took Flach a couple of class periods over a twoweek time frame. PHOTO COURTESY OF KATE RILEY

Discovery students receive national recognition for artwork

Two Discovery Academy students, Libby Flach and Alex Rager, were recognized for their artwork submissions to the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards.

The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards are the nation’s longest-running, most prestigious recognition program for teenagers, and have recognized creatives like Andy Warhol and Stephen King.

Eagle Mount helped Skye participate in the same activities as her classmates. PHOTO COURTESY OF LORI SWENSON

Socks for Skye

Skye Swenson was a part of the Big Sky community since kindergarten and the Swenson family has lived in Big Sky since 2009. When Skye passed away in February 2020 due to a lifelong battle with complications from congenital cytomegalovirus (CMV), her classmates felt the chasm.

Buecking’s pencil drawing of her friend’s dog, Cooper. PHOTO COURTESY OF MEGAN BUECKING

Realistic pet portraits

Some people make Christmas ornaments with their pets’ paw print. Some get pictures of their pets’ adorable face blown up on a t-shirt. Others sign up for a pencil drawing class taught by Megan Buecking with the Arts Council of Big Sky (ACBS) to make the homage even more personal.

Winterkeeper for Yellowstone General Stores for the last 41 years, Jeff Henry in an action shot removing gigantic blocks of snow from the roof of the Canyon General Store in 1999. PHOTO COURTESY OF JEFF HENRY

Tales from the tundra

For years men have harnessed the tools of the woods and tamed the onslaught of winter weather in a most inventive way. Their efforts have kept buildings standing in Yellowstone National Park (YNP) and allowed for people to better experience a largely untamed world.

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