MARCH IN MON­TANA

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Western Art Collector - - WESTERN ART AUCTION DIRECTORY 2019 -

2019 marks 32nd year for the March in Mon­tana dealer show and auc­tion at Char­lie Rus­sell’s his­toric Elks Lodge #214 in Great Falls, Mon­tana. Part­ners Coeur d’alene Gal­leries and Coeur d’alene Art Auc­tion will host the three-day dealer show and two-day auc­tion dur­ing West­ern Art Week. The show kicks off Thurs­day, March 21, and the auc­tion be­gins at 11 a.m. on March 22 and 23. The high­light of this year’s sale is a his­tor­i­cally sig­nif­i­cant oil by Olaf C. Seltzer, Trail of the Diamond R, Great Di­vide, Mon­tana, de­pict­ing the first trans­porta­tion com­pany out of Mon­tana—the Diamond R—which was in­cor­po­rated in 1866 and was the en­gine of the grow­ing Mon­tana ter­ri­tory. The paint­ing and prove­nance will make this an ex­cit­ing piece to watch at auc­tion. In­dian ar­ti­facts as well as West­ern mem­o­ra­bilia and weav­ings are also featured. The 2019 weav­ings are the strong­est in years and in­clude pieces from a ma­jor New Mex­ico col­lec­tion. Dur­ing Satur­day’s sale, col­lec­tors will have an op­por­tu­nity to ac­quire wildlife mounts in­clud­ing a Boone and Crock­ett moose, Dall sheep, two great griz­zly bear rugs and a full body wolverine. MIM is a fa­vorite for col­lec­tors of the great Glacier Park artists, with 2019 of­fer­ings in­clud­ing a ma­jor Swiftcur­rent Falls piece by John Fery. Works by past and present mem­bers of the Cow­boy Artists of America will be rep­re­sented, while the bread and but­ter of the sale con­tin­ues to be Mon­tana artists in­clud­ing Rus­sell, Seltzer, Edgar Pax­son, Charles Fritz, Hank Law­she, Tucker Smith and Ace Powell, among oth­ers. First-year part­ner Coeur d’alene Gal­leries is ex­cited to bring in about a dozen pieces by artists at the be­gin­ning of their ca­reers. These works are ex­pected to gen­er­ate some buzz among the at­ten­dees, as the gallery sees noth­ing but up­side from these tal­ents.

Up­com­ing auctions:

March 21-23 Great Falls, MT

Crowds gather at the Great Falls, Mon­tana, Elks Lodge #214, for the 2018 March in Mon­tana.

Olaf C. Seltzer (1877-1957), Trail of the Diamond R, Great Di­vide, Mon­tana, oil on can­vas, 24 x 36”. Es­ti­mate: $70/90,000

Navajo rug with Crys­tal Area pic­to­rial weav­ing with gold, black and red analine dye, fea­tur­ing an In­dian head in the cen­ter. Com­mis­sioned by Ken Lively of Chama, NM. Wo­ven by the wife of a Navajo tribe chief. 168 x 108” Es­ti­mate: $10/15,000

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