As I pointed out yesterday, we’ve been at the Western Masters art show in Great Falls, Montana. The history of this show goes back many years. The Best Western Heritage Inn in Great Falls has been the venue for over 100 artists to showcase and sell their art. Hotel rooms are cleared of all the furnishings, and each artist decorates the room in their own style with their artwork. I can’t say enough great things about the hotel and staff. The hotel itself is gorgeous, and the staff was so helpful and accommodating. The show is held at the same time of year as the CM Russell museum art auction, and other shows throughout the town. This brings art buyers and enthusiasts from around the US and, we met several people from Canada. Friday afternoon was the first quick finish. Artists had 90 mins to finish a piece that they had already started. They were then auctioned off as part of the Off the Wall auction that afternoon. On Saturday, there was a quick finish and auction that benefited the Michael J. Fox foundation for Parkinson’s research. 100% of all the proceeds went to the foundation, and they raised a nice sum of money that afternoon.
The art show came under new management last year and they are doing a wonderful job. The Cawdrey family has been participating in the show for many years. Nancy Cawdrey is a wonderful artist who paints on silk with great vibrant colors. Her husband Steve and son Morgan are now the directors for the show. What better people, than those familiar with the art world to run an art show and sale. I am positive the show is going to continue to grow as the one of the premier Western Art shows in the country.
Some images of our room.
We are looking forward to next year, and another great show.