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Stevenson Chosen For Out West Art Show Quick Finish


March 14, 2018 | View PDF

Local artist Trish Stevenson will be at the Friday Quick Finish. (Photo submitted)

For nearly 50 years, art enthusiasts and artists have been gathering in Great Falls, MT in March to commemorate the birthday of one of the West's favorite artists-Charles M. Russell. Thousands journey annually to see the Best Western Plus Heritage Inn transformed into the largest gathering of nationally renowned artists on the planet.

The show opens Wednesday, March 14, 2018 with a Gala Reception at 6 p.m., followed by the launch of their newest event, the 14" Squared Art Auction. Preview the juried auction pieces in the Russell Room of the Best Western Plus Heritage Inn. The auction features 2D & 3D small works that are smaller than 14". This juried show offers the work of 50 artists. Buyers can view auction pieces on the website and may purchase the art with the "Buy it Now" option. The show has works available for every budget.

Art enthusiasts have always been interested is being part of the process and seeing "Art" being created before them. The public has a front row seat to see what captures the artists' eye and imagination. Some artists work directly from models, while other artists spend hours bringing their pieces to a finished state. The excitement builds as the artists complete the works. The convention area then erupts with the presentation of the freshly created art followed by the launch of the 14 Squared Auction.

All events are Free-of-Charge and art aficionados can visit the 110 Exhibit rooms featuring the works of over 140 artists as well as 10 galleries. This gathering of nationally renowned artists propels the Out West Art Show to the center of the art universe.

Thursday events include the Young Masters Program. Young artists from Great Falls and surrounding areas travel from nearly 115 miles to attend art classes from master artists. This year students will attend classes taught by: Rob Akey, Christy Daniels, D. G. House, Meagan Abra Blessing, and R. Tom Gilleon. Students participate in an annual competition and compete for cash awards and scholarships.

Friday Quick Finish artists include: Sherry Gallagher, Bonnie Griffin, Cheryl King, Kat Houseman. Anita Ronning, Tom Dean, Michele Kapor, Trish Stevenson, Greg Scheibel, Colt Idol, Cliff Rossberg, Daniel Parker, Mary Ann Cherry, Kwani Povi Winder, Steve Lillegard, Paul Dykman, Douglas Wodark, Maggi Neal, Chip Jones, and Julie Nighswonger.

Saturday Quick Finish artists include: Jack Muir, Cory James McLauglin, Pat Branting, Karen Boylan, Shalese Sands, Gary Huber, Bob Kercher, D. G. House, Diane Whitehead, Michele Usibelli, Bruce Pierce, Jerry Inman, Elizabeth Robbins, Shirle Wempner, Robert Krogle, Brooke Wetzel, Meagan Abra Blessing, Jake Gaedke, Joe Netherwood, and Kyle Paliotto. Make plans to attend the Out West Art Show & Sale, March 14-17, 2018 at the Best Western Heritage Inn in Great Falls, MT. Watch live demonstrations, Native American Dance, music and entertainment, and make personal connections with over 140 renown artists. All events take place at the Best Western Plus Heritage Inn.

The Out West Art Foundation, Inc is a Non-Profit 501 (c)3 organization whose mission is to encourage, promote, and preserve excellence in representational fine art and its artists of the North American West through exhibitions, advertising, and education. The foundation continues to encourage artistic advancement and public education by presenting the finest artists in annual exhibitions, and by supporting educational programs through workshops, scholarships, and other public media.

For more information, visit our website at or contact Patrick Sullivan, (Show Manager), or send inquiries to: Out West Art Show & Sale, PO Box 6241, Great Falls, MT 59406-624. Call 406-564-8669 or send emails to: or


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