Western Heritage Art Show
Great Falls Holiday Inn, 400 10th Ave S
March 13-17 2013
Show Hours are:
Wednesday: 7-10 P.M.
Thursday-Saturday: 10 A.M.-10 P.M.
Sunday: 11 A.M-4 P.M.
For thirty-two years the WHA Footprints on the Trail Art Show has celebrated the rich history and culture of Western Art. The events that make up the Western Heritage Art Show are free to the public and will be taking place from March 13th through the 17th at the Holiday Inn of Great Falls (located at 400 10th Avenue South). Residents and visitors to the community are encouraged to browse the diverse range of art exhibits as well as meet and greet the artists who created them. This year, the WHA is partnering with the Lewis and Clark Foundation as well as Montana Wounded Warriors Operation Valor. A variety of events will be taking place to help raise funds for these prominent local groups.
(Wednesday, March 13th)
A reception and awards ceremony will be held at 6 P.M. to welcome and congratulate this year’s artists. Over 60 artists will be displaying a preview piece in the lobby and guests will be privileged with the first pick when purchasing artwork. There will be free cake and punch along with music by Jeni Dodd to kick-off this five-day celebration of Western Art. The show will also feature for its second year in the lobby a display of works for sale by the late WHA artists King Kuka, Joyce McDonald, Jody Menge, Minnie Hawthorne, Connie Rosman and Cora Lee Dana.
WHA Quick Finish for the Lewis and Clark Foundation
(Thursday, March 14th)
The Quick Finish begins at 6 P.M. – an event that provides attendants with the dual experience of visiting an auction and an art studio – simultaneously. Guests watch as artists work fast to create an original artwork in only 45 minutes. Upon completion, these pieces are auctioned off to the highest bidder. Hosted by the Lewis and Clark foundation, proceeds for this event help support this shining star in our community.
Paint-Around and Roaring 20’s Sapphire Bash
(Friday, March 15th)
This event will begin at 4 P.M. with a swingin’ party for all ages. With decorations, games, and music, the Roaring 20’s Sapphire Bash will recreate the atmosphere of one of America’s most rebellious and fun-loving eras. Attendants are encouraged to dress the part and prizes will be awarded for the best costumes.
There will be a display about the history of Charlie’s Early Days and the Yogo Sapphire. Yogo Sapphire Jewelry and Charlie Russell Collectibles will be included in the live auction. At 6 P.M. the Paint-Around will begin. This is a timed event where every piece of art is a compilation of multiple artists’ work. Each artist is given ten minutes (initially) to work on their piece. When the ten minutes is up, the artist leaves their artwork, moves to another artist’s station, and works on that piece of art for five minutes. The Paint-around continues in this fashion producing blended artworks, fused with the talent and style of multiple artists. Onlookers can purchase these one of a kind pieces in an auction that takes place at the end of the event.
Art Auction Gala Benefit for Wounded Warriors
(Saturday, March 16th)
This charity event, starting at 6 P.M., will help to raise funds for the National branch of Wounded Warriors, as well as the Montana Wounded Warriors. There will be both live and silent auctions at this event with at least twenty-five pieces of original art being provided by our artists. One notable piece of art is an acoustic guitar, donated by Rick McCollum, painted by Lane Kendrick, and embellished with celebrity autographs. Please support those who have served our country and have a blast doing it by attending this event.
Featured Artist: Ken Hurley
This year’s featured artist is Ken Hurley, aka “Buffalo Man.” Hurley is famous in the Western Art world and is best known for his drawings and paintings of buffalo. In fact, the Producer’s Award that Hurley received in 2006 for his talent and devotion to the world of fine art states, “He has long been identified as the finest buffalo painter in America.” Besides the
Producer’s Award, Hurley also received the Lancaster Award for the “best creative and inspirational work” and has been honored with many other awards as well.
For more information please call:
Hope Good 406-868-9649 or Kay Chick 406-868-2885