The Christmas Stroll has been one of the longest standing Bozeman community traditions! Each year, the Downtown Bozeman Association and the Emerson Center for the Arts & Culture team up to put out a “call for art” for the official Christmas Stroll Poster design. Several beautiful and creative designs were submitted this year, but we could only choose one. As the icing on top the Downtown Bozeman Association and the Emerson pool together $200 to give as a cash prize to the winning artist.

The 2016 Christmas Stroll Poster Contest Winner is local artist Melissa Summerfield. Melissa is a Bozeman native who studied art, art history and philosophy at Montana State University. She is currently a member of Southwest Montana Arts (SMArts) and Three Rivers Artists Guild of Bozeman and has participated in multiple juried shows across the Gallatin Valley. Melissa created an original painting in oil featuring the legs of an elf wearing festive candy striped tights and green curled-toe shoes. The Bozeman community is sure to remember this creative, fun-spirited, and festive design for years to come!

CLICK HERE for the 2016 Christmas Stroll Poster

Melissa will be on-hand signing posters at the Gingerbread House making activity at the Emerson on the day of the Stroll, December 3th from 1-2pm. More information about artist Melissa Summerfield is available on her website at