A Great Auction in Montana

We are on our way home from the Western Art Week in Great Falls, Montana. There were 11 art shows going on during the week. The main event is “The Russell” which is an auction which benefits the Charlie Russell museum, open since 1969. The museum brought in a record 7.8 million dollars this year! The record sale this year was a Charlie Russell oil painting called, For Supremacy, which sold for 1.5 million, which was the highest selling painting ever at “The Russell” auction.

We were in the Great Western Living and Design Show which is “the new kid on the block” being only three years old and features furniture, functional art, fashion and art. Thousands of people are in the small town of Great Falls from all over the country and even lovers of the Old West from around the world. The challenge for the Living and Design show has been to get people to come and see what magnificent treasures they have displayed there. The sheer quantity of art in town during the week is overwhelming, but this show has things that are both beautiful and functionable.

This year, as I mentioned in a previous blog, was the first time the museum allowed furniture in the auction. There were three furniture artists from the Living and Design show with pieces in the “First Strike” auction that were auctioned and sold. Andy and I both went and had a great time. Excitement was certainly in the air! The result was that more people heard about the Western Living show and on Saturday.  The attendance was definitely larger. We made some great contacts and a few more sales. We plan to go back next year. Hope some who read this may decide to come.

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