Heart of the West Art Show and Auction

More than 50 premier artists gather in Bozeman Aug. 10-12 for show and sale

Art Beat

Heart of the West Art Show and Auction returns to the Best Western Plus GranTree Inn in Bozeman Aug. 10-12. More than 50 premier artists from all over the country exhibit new paintings and sculptures in booths throughout the venue’s convention space.

Heart of the West Quick Finish
Heart of the West includes Quick Finish events Friday and SaturdayPhoto © Heart of the West

Zoot Art Gallery, located at the Zoot Enterprises campus in Four Corners, will renew its major sponsorship of the show, and hosted the preview exhibit and closing reception, 5-7 p.m. Aug. 8.

“The Zoot Art Gallery is honored to be a sponsor of the Heart of the West for the second year,” says Darcy Barry, marketing operations manager. “The show and auction bring together an incredible pool of talented Western artists and give attendees the chance to see all of the works of art in one place. For art collectors and enthusiasts, this event is not to be missed.”

Action moves to the GranTree where Aug. 10-12 where “Quick Finishes” on Friday and Saturday benefit the Museum of the Rockies. Saturday’s exciting live auction offers more than 100 lots of fine art of the American West. In 2016 the auction had an 87% sale rate with total sales of about $147,000. Most of the proceeds went to living, working artists.

“As artists ourselves, my mom and I have always found these in-person shows are essential to getting our work exposed to new areas and communities, and I felt that Bozeman was overdue for a major fine art show of this kind,” says show director Morgan Cawdrey. Cawdrey runs this family business with guidance from his father, Steve Cawdrey, and artist mother Nancy Dunlop Cawdrey.

“The community response to the August 2016 show was super encouraging,” he adds.

Schedule of Events

  • THURSDAY – August 10:Noon-9 p.m., Exhibit booths open; 6-9 p.m., Opening Reception and Auction Preview with live music and no-host bar
  • FRIDAY – August 11: 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Exhibit booths open; 10 a.m.-noon, Art Chat educational presentation with panel of artists; 4-6 p.m., Live Quick Finish and Auction by auctioneer Troy Black to benefit the Museum of the Rockies
  • SATURDAY – August 12: 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Exhibit booths open; 10 a.m.-noon, Studio Response and Critique: Michael Ome Untiedt, Nancy Dunlop Cawdrey and Daryl Howard will offer feedback to artists, exhibitors or otherwise, who would like response and thoughtful insight into their use of color, design and presentation; 1:30-3:30 p.m., Live Quick Finish Artists’ Demo to benefit the Museum of the Rockies; 4 p.m., Main Live Art Auction, starting off with the completed Quick Finish pieces and 100 lots of fine art by many of the premier artists of the American West, sold by auctioneer Troy Black.

Visit heartofthewestart.com.