Art Week Great Falls – Western Heritage Show Preview

Gosh, two art shows in one day and I’m exhausted. Hard to imagine how I’ll hold up after visiting about a half dozen more! Tonight I went to the Great Falls Holiday Inn where the Western Heritage Art Show & Sale had their preview night. I actually went to this show twice tonight – the first time my camera battery died, darn, so I took a break, recharged the battery (and myself) and went back. … Read more

Art Museum Celebrates Birthday

Paris Gibson Square Museum of Art in Great Falls held a fun and unique celebration last Friday – a birthday party for Dr. Seuss! All ages were welcome. Upright rectangular boxes were covered with white paper, then characters from Dr. Seuss books were drawn on them (someone’s a good artist!). Kids of all ages could don an apron, grab some paint and start coloring the designs. At first when we arrived it was pretty quiet. … Read more

First Friday Art Walk in Great Falls

The First Friday Art Walks in Great Falls, Montana have been a great success. Even on a wintry Friday evening people flock to visit with local artists and see their work. The artwalks are free – artists open their studios and galleries on a Friday night and many serve refreshments to visitors. Several featured locations are in downtown Great Falls on Central Avenue. The Columbus Centre on 16th Street and 2nd Avenue North has one floor devoted to art … Read more

It’s Almost Art Week in Great Falls

Let’s talk about Great Falls, Montana’s version of March madness which is otherwise known as Art Week. It all began with a celebration of Charlie Russell’s birthday which falls around the third weekend in March. An auction, art sale and birthday party were planned and it grew, and grew and grew! Festivities this year kick off Wednesday, March 13 and several of the events keep going through Sunday, March 17. The C. M. Russell Museum sponsors The Russell: The … Read more

Great Falls Artist Paints Reflections of the Missouri River

At the First Friday Artwalk this weekend I stopped in to Wrangler Gallery. I’ve been there before but it’s been several months. Wow, was I ever impresed! Local art collector Brad Hamlett owns Wrangler Gallery which is located on Central Avenue in Downtown Great Falls, Montana. Sherry Gallagher, one of the artists who shows her work there, was on hand to talk about her beautiful paintings. The first one I saw (and fell in love … Read more

Brian Morger’s Art Gallery Opens

Downtown Great Falls has really seen a blossoming art scene the past couple of years with new studios and galleries opening. Brian Morger recently opened his studio and gallery at #6 7th Street North, just a few steps away from Central Avenue and across the street from the O’Haire Motor Inn. I stopped in last Friday evening during the First Friday Artwalk (first Friday of each month) and wandered around the gallery. I wasn’t the only one curious … Read more

Unique Gift Idea – Handcrafted Silver Items

If you are walking in downtown Lewistown, about a half block south of Main Street, you just may see a colorful sign for Caye Fine Art. Well, prepare to be impressed if you take some time to step in the door! Carol Woolsey, known as Caye, has been a metal smith artist for over 30 years. Probably her most unique handcrafted silver item is a silver flask – not just an ordinary flask but a decorated … Read more

Great Falls Theater Production – Wow!

The University of Great Falls Performing Arts just wrapped their final performance of Chicago, The Musical. I was lucky to attend the performance this past Saturday evening. A couple of years ago I had been to a Broadway touring production of Chicago at the Great Falls Civic Center and it was amazing. The Civic Center is a large, beautiful theater with about 1,600 comfy seats. I wasn’t sure what to expect at the University of Great Falls’ theater. … Read more

Fun Family Day

The C. M. Russell Museum in Great Falls hosts an open house each November where kids and parents can enjoy making some fun seasonal decorations. It looked like Christmas this past Saturday and, at first glance, it looked like chaos! In the lower level of the museum, long banquet-style tables were covered with paper and a huge variety of pinecones, paper banners, sugar cookies to decorate, sequins, chocolate candy that would become decorated mini-mice – … Read more

Looking For Art?

I stopped in to the Basin Trading Post in Stanford, Montana the other day. It’s a great coffee and cinnamon roll stop (yes, I travel with my tummy in mind) and I was ready for some java and breakfast. While the gal at the deli/cafe in the trading post was getting my order ready I wandered through the building. The Basin Trading Post is a mini-mall on Stanford’s main street. As you walk in, the first businesses you see are … Read more