Western Art Week 2016: The Russell and March in Montana
It's one of the best weeks in the Western art world! While it's definitely not one of the best places (sorry residents of Great Falls), Western Art Week has something for everyone from original paintings, sculptures, Indian artifacts, guns, spurs, weavings, and anything else you may want to buy or trade. Collectors, dealers, and artists converge from all over the country to socialize, buy and sell classic American Western art. The weekend features events at multiple locations from the C.M. Russell Museum, the Civic Center, the Heritage Inn, the fairgrounds to the Townhouse Inn. The big draw is The Russell: The Sale to Benefit the C.M. Russell Museum with a lively auction, Skull Society booths, and a wonderful quick finish event at the Meadowlark Country Club. It's an incredibly busy weekend, so I will layout a schedule of events below for the major events.
|Andy Thomas painting at Western Art Week|
The OutWest Show at the Heritage Inn features roughly 140 exhibitors including galleries and lots of artists. It's always fun to meet the artists and check out a large variety of works in different styles and subject matters. I've talked about training your eye as a collector, and all it means is look at a lot of art, and walking down the halls of the Heritage Inn, you will quickly recognize the different caliber of artists, and you'll easily identify what you like and don't like.
A schedule of events is below; however, if you're looking for some must-do's for the weekend, first, visit me in room #120 at the Townhouse Inn, then be sure to check out the Quick Finish event hosted by the C.M. Russell Museum. The Thursday night preview party at the C.M. Russell Museum is always a highlight and great time. The auctions through out the weekend always offer great values on quality works, and if you're looking for something at night, be sure to grab a drink at the historic Sip-n-Dip and wave to the mermaids! You may or may not find me there too...
|The Russell Auction & Skull Society Artist Booths|
The Russell: The Sale to Benefit the C.M. Russell Museum Schedule of Events
Thurs, March 17- Art Preview Party: 6pm-8pm at the Museum
Friday, March 18- Art in Action: 10am-2pm at the Meadow Lark Country Club
Saturday, March 19- Live Auction: 4:30pm at the Mansfield Convention Center
March In Montana Schedule of Events
The Townhouse Inn, 1411 10th Ave. South, Great Falls, MT
Thurs, March 17- Dealer Show and Auction Preview: 9am-5pm
Friday, March 18- Dealer Show: 9am-5pm
Auction Preview: 9am-5pm
Saturday, March 19- Dealer Show: 9am-5pm
Auction Preview: 9am-5pm
Out West Art Show
Best Western Plus Heritage Inn
Wednesday, March 16th - Saturday, 19th