January 24, 2011
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GREAT FALLS, MT – The Western Masters Art Show & Sale is Beginning a New Tradition at the Best Western Heritage Inn, March 16-19, 2011. This brand new show has attracted over 150 artists and galleries, many of whom are returning after exhibiting in this venue in the past. The show is completely filled and applications are still arriving. This new show will continue and expand this history of bringing many of the country’s premiere Western artists to Great Falls for Western Art Week.
Nationally known Montana artist Brent Cotton will be a first time exhibitor at the Best Western Heritage Inn. “I am very excited and honored to participate in the show in 2011. There is such a long list of very high quality and well-known artists who are attending. I really believe this will be a very successful show and a fun event. I am so looking forward to being in Great Falls in March,” stated Cotton.
Several local sponsors have supported the new show with large gifts of funds and services, most notably D.A. Davidson & Co. and Advanced Litho.
The exhibitors’ rooms at the Western Masters Art Show and Sale will be open all day from Wednesday evening through Saturday evening. Special events include a speaking appearance from Pioneer Woman Ree Drummond presented by the C.M. Russell Museum, a Quick Draw, the Off the Wall Auction, fun activities for all ages during the “community day” on Saturday, and (new this year) the Young Masters development program for promising high school art students.
Another new feature is the addition of the Village Shops, an exhibition area on the first floor with eight displays of juried folk and traditional artisans using various media to create fine jewelry, furniture, blown glass and art of all kinds.
Morgan Dunlop Cawdrey handles the day to day operations for the Western Masters Art Show and Sale. When asked how everything is progressing, he responded, “As Assistant Show Director, I am in contact with the participating artists on a daily basis. They have repeatedly expressed their enthusiasm for this new, artist-driven show by suggesting events they have never had an opportunity to try, and taking charge of exciting new programs like the Young Masters. It’s been a pleasure working with all these talented individuals and seeing their creativity every day.”
There will be many opportunities to get involved in the exhibition and auction. “We really need help from the Great Falls community,” Steve Cawdrey stated, “This show needs all the volunteers possible to organize the committees, help with the artist room tours, and assist with the numerous details for an event of this caliber. I hope the community will turn out to lend a hand.”