Western Art Week returns to Great Falls
GREAT FALLS – Western Art Week returns to Great Falls, with 14 shows and over 600 artists. The event kicked off on Wednesday, March 16 and will run through March 20 at multiple hotels and event centers around the city.
Marisela Hazzard of Visit Great Falls Montana explained, “Western Art Week is one of our premier events and something our community is so proud of. It focuses on Charlie Russell’s birthday, which is March 19 – a cowboy comes out of St. Louis and wants to be an artist and that’s exactly what he does. Celebrating this western art and heritage in our community year after year is so exciting and more shows are being added every year.
After two years of canceled or adjusted schedules for Western Art Week, the event is mostly back in full swing this year.
The exception is The Russell Auction, which benefits the CM Russell Museum. The famous auction, which historically fetches millions of dollars and includes original paintings by Charlie Russell, will take place again in August this year, with hopes the event will return to its March home next year. .
While The Russell Auction is in August, the CM Russell Museum will still be taking part in Western Art Week with new events such as “Charlie’s Miniature Roundup” at The Newberry.
Most Western Art Week events are free to the public and feature pieces for many budgets and tastes; Click here for a full program.
Marisela Hazzard: Western Art Week
“Some people, when they hear western art, think of oil paintings of cowboys on horses, and yes, that’s western art, but it’s also so much more. There are sculptures in bronze, wood, sculpture. There are also people doing contemporary art. There are also jewelry, furniture, etc. Although the oil paintings of cow -boys on horseback might not be your thing, take a stroll through one of the 14 shows and I’m sure you’ll find something to thrill you,” Hazzard said.
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