An exciting series of events for Western artists and collectors, Western Art Week arrives in Great Falls, Montana.
Western Art Week comprises a series of sales and exhibitions that collectively celebrate the art of the American West, its storied past and vibrant present. Many of the finest artists and galleries representing the genre will be on hand in Great Falls, Montana, for this spirited week of art appreciation.
Joe Kronenberg, “Keeping Pace,” oil, 22 x 34 in. Western Masters Art Show & Sale
Headlining the week’s events, the Western Masters Art Show & Sale takes place March 19-22 at the Best Western Heritage Inn in Great Falls. Exhibitors include a long list of premier galleries working in the Western genre, and some of the fine participating artists include Julie Chapman, Troy Collins, D. Eleinne Basa, Joe Kronenberg, and Gary Lynn Roberts, along with many more.
R. Tom Gilleon’s painting “Hair Apparent” brought an impressive $225,000 at the Russell Live Auction in 2013.
Another highlight of the week is The Russell Exhibition and Sale, a four-day fundraising and educational event hosted by the C.M. Russell Museum. The festivities take place from March 20-23, culminating in a live auction on the evening of March 22. The Russell Live Auction will be held at the Mansfield Convention Center, with a social hour beginning at 5 p.m. and the auction itself starting at 6 p.m. At the live auction, patrons will have the opportunity to bid on the latest works from some of the best historic and contemporary American Western artists. Last year, R. Tom Gilleon‘s painting “Hair Apparent” was the surprise of the auction, soaring past its presale estimate and bringing in $225,000; many will be watching to see whether any work approaches that number this year.
Richard Schmid, “Taos Street,” 1962, oil on canvas, 20 x 30 in. March in Montana
Held in conjunction with the simultaneous events honoring C.M. Russell, The March in Montana Fine Art, Cowboy & Indian Collectibles Auction & Show takes place March 21-22 at the Townhouse Inn in Great Falls. March in Montana features fine American Western paintings, both historic and contemporary, sculpture, and cowboy art. The offerings include bronze sculptures by the famed C.M. Russell; historical works by Birger Sandzen, Frank Tenney Johnson, and Frederic Remington; two 1960s landscapes by Richard Schmid; and contemporary works by Mian Situ, Clyde Aspevig, Terry Lee, and many more.