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First Friday Art Walk in Great Falls

The first Friday of every month features a free-to-the-public art walk in Great Falls. I’m not sure how many years it has been going on (I’m going to guess about 5) but I do remember the very first one. There had been quite a bit of promotion for it and then it snowed, and snowed, and snowed. […]

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Charlie Russell History

Russell Country, named after western artist Charlie Russell, has an amazing way to discover the landscapes that captivated Charlie. The Russell Auto Tour booklet uses reproductions of Russell paintings to show landscapes that you can still see today. The route is primarily from Great Falls to Lewistown on US Hwy 87 and the state legislature has dubbed […]

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What The Hay – What An Event!

The Montana Bale Trail – What The Hay event is always held the first Sunday after Labor Day and it is certainly a date worth noting on your future calendars. This year the weather was picture-perfect. Since I had painted haybales in steady rain Thursday, just a few days ago, I had my doubts about the […]

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Fun Time at Cowboy Poetry Gathering

Lewistown hosts the annual Montana Cowboy Poetry Gathering and Western Music Rendezvous the second weekend in August and I was fortunate to attend Saturday afternoon and evening. In addition to good music, we had the greatest time listening to a variety of poets. The poets write from personal experiences and definitely from their heart. Each 45 minute session […]

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Fiddlin’ Around

Not only could Jayce pack a mule, we found out that he played the fiddle. I’m sure he was pretty tired after packing gear but he agreed to play a few songs for us when we pointed out that we would not hear his music around the campfire when the other guests would. Yup, a […]

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Evening Entertainment at Pine Butte Guest Ranch

Our evening entertainment was a special request from our group. The other guests had heard it the night before we arrived and we didn’t want to be left out. It didn’t take long to realize that guest ranch manager Jim Culver obviously has a lot of talents. He runs the guest ranch, has excellent horsemanship skills and […]

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Evening Entertainment at Triple J

Another meal has worked its way into my tummy. We finished supper and everyone wandered in to one of the sitting rooms in the large log lodge. A neighboring rancher was there to entertain us for the evening. We were amazed at his curly chaps and he proudly told us his family’s history of owning them. […]

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Native American Art Show Features Student

My weekend became consumed with art shows! The Great Falls Native American Art Show held at the Civic Center was on my list for Saturday’s treks. As expected, I saw a great variety of artwork. The featured student artist, Kristen Hirst, was at her booth when I stopped by. On Friday she had sold 10 […]

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Jay Contway Art Show

I visited another art show titled Jay Contway and Friends this past weekend. Held at Montana Expo Park in Great Falls, this show had bronzes by Contway (huge detailed bronzes), woodcarvings, metal sculptures, silversmithing, leather work, paintings and more. I took photos of some of the more unusual offerings. A handmade saddle was so detailed with leather tooling, I wouldn’t […]

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Art Weekend Fun

Wow, last night was my first night of “Art Weekend in Great Falls”. OK, it was Wednesday and not the weekend, but Great Falls’ art frenzy has begun. I attended the Footprints on the Trail show sponsored by the Western Heritage Artists at the Great Falls Holiday Inn. There is a lobby art show and they also had good old […]

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