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Charlie Russel “was the first “Western” artist to live the majority of his life in the West. For this reason, Charlie knew his subject matter intimately, setting the standard for many Western artists to follow.”( He was internationally famous yet lived most of his life in Montana. Consequently a museum to honor him is located in Great Falls, MT. (To view some of his artwork and more of his history, visit

“The Russell: An Exhibition and Sale to Benefit the C.M. Russell Museum is the cornerstone of Western Art Week in Great Falls, Montana, and is the premier fundraising event for the C.M. Russell Museum. It will take place March 19-21, 2015.”(
This year, for the first time, they are accepting artisans who are not of the traditional “fine art” variety to be in “The Russell” auction. Andy Sanchez, Mike Roths, and Steve Henneford will all have furniture pieces in the auction. This will give furniture artists a prestige that they have worked very hard to achieve. “One of the difficulties in marketing artistic furniture has been to get into the best shows. The false conception is that furniture artists are only fine craft, whereas some have crossed the line into fine art,” explained Andy Sanchez. Chuck Fulchur, “The Great Western Show” directer, who also has a painting in the auction, said, “To my knowledge, this is the first time in the 43 year history of the auction that furniture was juried into the show.”

Several other events take place during that week including, “The Great Western Show” which is the largest living and design show in Montana. There are boot makers, furniture makers, clothing and jewelry artisans, nightly live music and of course the best in fine art. “The Russel” and the other shows surrounding it, make the weekend “much more than a western art exhibition and sale; it is a three-day western art experience.”( To learn more about all the shows and activities visit

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