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The first Hooked on Art was held on February 11, 2006. This recording by Living Portrait Video, created by Dave and Kathy Pleasant, captured scenes from the Art Market and preserved the special presentation: a panel of Walter Hook's friends, family and colleagues including Richard Bush, Janet Hook Julin, Rudy and Lela Autio, and George Gogas.

 

In 2010 Bob Phinney was the Hooked on Art featured artist.  Bob spoke on "Creating Harmony with Nature."

The video was created by MCAT, Missoula Community Access Television.

 

 

In 2011 George Gogas returned to Hooked on Art as featured artist. His retrospect on Walter and description of his own work are memorable tributes to art and artists.

The video created by MCAT, Missoula Community Access Television, also contains views of the Art Market.

 
 
In 2012 Bobby Tilton was the Hooked on Art featured artist.  Bobby explored inspirations for her work as she discussed "Humor and Wisdom, Walter Hook's Influences."

The video was created by MCAT, Missoula Community Access Television.

 

 

History of Hook on Art

 

Hook on Art, established in 2006, is a natural celebration for Bonner. Walter Hook's friends and admirers had long felt a tribute was overdue. After the Friends of Two Rivers' first successful Confluence Day, Chuck and Mary Erickson and Gary and Judy Matson were celebrating with a burger at the River City Grill where they met Vic and Ilona Hangas.

Appreciative of the natural resource festival, Vic's comment, "What we really need is to honor Walter Hook." With that comment, a new Bonner tradition was born and is celebrated every year on the Saturday before Valentine's Day.

Tributes to Walter Hook

"He's my hero." Vic Hangas

"He was my grandfather. I like to look at him as an inspiration." Nissa Liesz

 

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