State of the Art: Montana

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The myr­iad of out­door ac­tiv­i­ties, mas­sive moun­tain ranges and gor­geous green­ery of Montana make it a nat­u­ral play­ground for the West­ern artist—es­pe­cially those who de­light in de­pict­ing the great out­doors. From the Rock­ies to the Great Plains to Yel­low­stone and Glacier Na­tional Park, there’s end­less in­spi­ra­tion abound. And the state it­self, nick­named “the Treasure State,” lit­er­ally shines with an abun­dance of nat­u­ral re­sources like sil­ver, gold, cop­per, gar­nets and sap­phires.

Un­doubt­edly fu­el­ing and in­flu­enc­ing the pull to­ward West­ern art felt through­out Montana is the legacy of C.M. Rus­sell, who moved to the state in his youth to work on a sheep ranch and ultimately set­tled there for the re­main­der of his life. The city of Great

Falls, in the North­ern Great Plains, is home to the C.M.

Rus­sell Mu­seum, its col­lec­tion span­ning the iconic artist’s en­tire ca­reer. Ev­ery March is the highly an­tic­i­pated The Rus­sell Ex­hi­bi­tion and Sale, held dur­ing what is col­lo­qui­ally known as “Rus­sell Week.”

The Hock­a­day Mu­seum of Art, lo­cated in Kal­ispell, pre­serves the artis­tic legacy of Montana.

The mu­seum re­turns with its fifth an­nual A Time­less Legacy event, cel­e­brat­ing the majesty of Glacier Na­tional Park with art­work from some of the most tal­ented women de­pict­ing land­scapes, wildlife and the In­dige­nous cul­tures sur­round­ing the park. The pub­lic event and sale this year will be held Au­gust 10, while the ex­hi­bi­tion runs Au­gust 13 through Septem­ber 21.

A cou­ple hun­dred miles south is Montana Trails Gallery in Boze­man rep­re­sent­ing

some of the most highly re­garded West­ern artists of the day, in­clud­ing Tom Saubert, Luke Fra­zier, Wil­liam Ach­eff, Amy Lay, R. Tom Gilleon, Tim Shin­abarger, Mary Ross Buch­holz, Troy Collins and Den­nis Ziemien­ski, to name a few. The gallery also shows the works of cov­eted past masters like Rus­sell, Eanger Irv­ing Couse and Joseph Henry Sharp.

Other artists and gal­leries based in Montana in­clude Kelly’s Col­lectibles and On­line Art Gallery, Ter­akedis Fine Art & Jew­elry and land­scape artist Lee Tisch Bial­czak, who works in soft pas­tels to achieve her serene na­ture scenes and wildlife art.

Main Street in Kal­ispell, Montana, dur­ing the sum­mer. Photo by Donnie Sex­ton. Cour­tesy Visit Montana.

A view of St. Mary Vil­lage at Glacier Na­tional Park.

Down­town Billings, Montana. Cour­tesy Visit Billings.

The en­trance to A. Banks Gallery in Boze­man. Cour­tesy Boze­man CVB/ONLY in Boze­man.

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