top of page

Community Arts Festival





vendor application

The Wretched Mess Arts Fest is a perfect place for you to show your creative works! Join us in showcasing the best of what the art world has to offer and join the movement of creative expression! We invite you to apply for a vendor spot at our festival!

Chalk Art 

Wretched Mess Chalk Walk is a one-of-a-kind art experience that is open to all ages and skill levels. Whether you're an experienced artist or a beginner, we invite you to join us and create a masterpiece with chalk. Participants are required to pre-register for their sidewalk square, for the cost of $25. You may purchase single or multiple squares. Each square bought will be given a number and chalk kit the day of the event.  We look forward to seeing the amazing works of art that you bring to the event!

tt chalk.jpg

  Reserve Your chalk square

Aug 26, 2023
10:00AM - 5PM

Pioneer Park
West Yellowstone, Mt

The Wretched Mess News

 Milford ("Stanley") Poltroon




The Wretched Mess News is a unique parody of fishing magazines published from the early 1960s to 1980s in West Yellowstone, Montana. Its creator Milford (“Stanley”) Poltroon aka David Bascom, blends wacky humor, inventive aesthetics, and exaggerated exaggeration of the fishing lifestyle. The articles included many of his sketches and “found” art that combine with a writing style that frontiers, according to Mr. Poltroon, “America's last stronghold of honest yellow journalism”.

At The Wretch Mess Arts Fest, we want to celebrate the legacy of the late David Bascom. His passion for art, humor, and the outdoors inspires us to celebrate the creative spirit that is alive in us all. His art is a source of joy and inspiration to many, and his memory lives on through this festival. 

bottom of page