24 Hours in Great Falls, Montana

If you only had 24 hours to enjoy Great Falls what would you do? First of all you need to realize that you can’t see it all and you will get only a taste of the community. And that’s just what we did a week ago for visitors to the area. After checking in to the Hotel Arvon in downtown Great Falls, a dinner plan was decided. Our visitors wanted something casual and fun. Someone suggested Roadhouse Diner, … Read more

Cowboy Artist Charlie Russell: The Women In His Life and Art

A new exhibition just opened at the C. M. Russell Museum in Great Falls, Montana. At first glance, the title “Charles Russell: Women in His Life and Art” seems out of line, perhaps an ill-fit for America’s cowboy artist. Most western art aficionados I know value Russell artwork because he created such realistic images of wildlife and he portrayed the Plains Indian tribes with such accuracy. Since Russell lived the “cowboy way of life” he produced poignant and … Read more

Western Art Week Putting On A Grand Show

The third week in March finds Great Falls turning in to the Western Art Capital of the World. That’s a pretty heady title but once you experience it, you get it. This year is the 50th anniversary of the Russell Art Auction, now named The Russell: A Sale to Benefit the Russell Museum. Locals who began the show 50 years ago, and one who has attended all 50 shows, were all smiles last night at … Read more

Red Ants Pants Music Festival – What An Event!

You can call it a music festival (and it is) but it is so much more! It’s a celebration of rural life, of family, of small and big towns, all happening in the middle of a pasture just outside of White Sulphur Springs. The town of White Sulphur Springs has almost a thousand people living there but attendance at Red Ants Pants Music Festival tops 16,000. Just a few good folks over for a visit! … Read more

Montana Style Events and B&B

This week I was in Havre, Montana for a meeting and made good on a promise to visit a new bed and breakfast and an event center. To get there I drove across Havre’s viaduct and then veered left. It’s a slightly confusing intersection but I made the right choice. Betsi, the owner of the B&B, had given me good instructions on how to get there with plenty of visuals. I saw the sign about … Read more

So Much Art, So Little Time

Great Falls recently hosted Western Art Week, a collection of 13 art shows all featuring a variety of art for sale. The longest show runs for five days, not quite a week, but the days are jam packed. The art shows take place the third weekend in March around the time of Charlie Russell’s birthday. Most folks think of western paintings during Western Art Week, but in addition to that, you’ll find an amazing variety of art including sculptures, … Read more

The Arts in Montana

If you had any doubt about how arts and culture are doing in Montana you need only spend some time at the 31st Annual Montana Performing Arts Consortium artist showcase held this weekend in Fort Benton. This morning, with a to-go cup of coffee, I pointed my car towards Fort Benton and when I drove up to the elementary school I realized this event was going to be well attended. The format for the artist … Read more

Ledger Art Exhibit Opens

Tonight I went to the opening of a ledger art exhibit titled “Conflict, Courtship, Ceremony, and The Chase. Paris Gibson Square Museum of Art is hosting the exhibition and it’s well worth a visit. Nineteen artists have ledger art displayed and some of them have several pieces. A standing-room-only opening lecture featured presentations by Monte Yellow Bird, Sr., Terrance Guardipee and Alaina Buffalo Spirit. After the presentations Terrance Guardipee explained one of his pieces on display. … Read more

Great Falls Wood Sculptor Tom Dean

Tom Dean, whose business is called Milo Creek Carvings, is a completely self-taught wood carver/sculptor residing in Great Falls, MT. I had a chance to visit with him at the C. M. Russell Museum during the recent sale and auction to benefit the museum. He uses exotic woods – I wouldn’t have even tried to guess what kind of tree they came from! When I think of his carvings I think mostly of fish, think “trout”. … Read more

Powwow Season Began Last Weekend in Great Falls

The University of Great Falls held a traditional powwow last weekend on campus. It was their 32nd annual powwow and it was free to attend. A traditional powwow doesn’t pay out competitive prize money but it offers dance specials. I stopped by to watch two things – the Tiny Tot dancers and a ceremony commemorating the canonization of Sister Kateri Tekakawitha, the first Native American Catholic saint who was named in October 2012. My timing was … Read more