Manitou Galleries of Cheyenne, WY and Santa Fe, NM and The Coeur d’Alene Art Auction from Hayden, ID join forces for the 31st annual March In Montana Dealer Show and Auction, March 15-17.
The three-day boutique dealer show and two-day auction is known for featuring some of the finest western, sporting and wildlife art on the market today. It coincides with a number of other events during Western Art Week in Great Falls, an annual gathering of artists and art aficionados.
March in Montana events take place at the Elks Lodge #24, located at 500 1st Ave. South in Great Falls and are free and open to the public.
An important segment of this year’s sale consists of items from the Dr. Delwin and Karen Bokelman collection (Doylestown, PA), most of which are pictured in their photo essay book, Precious Dreams. Collected over the course of more than three decades, the collection includes artwork and sculpture by current and past masters such as: Gilbert Gaul, Frederic Remington, Carl Oscar Borg, C. P. Adams, Ace Powell, Herb Mignery, E. E. Heikka, Danny Ostermiller, Joe Beeler, Harold Bryant, Dave McGary, John Hauser, Walter Ufer, Walt Gonske, Arlene Hooker Fay, Ramon Kelley and Ed Borein.
Cowboy collectibles will include two Dale Ford wagons, as well as braided items by Luis Ortega and Blind Bob. Indian artifacts were also a strong segment of this collection, some of which have been sold in previous years by March in Montana.
Also included in the 2018 sale will be a number of ceremonial and ethnographic items, weaponry, horse gear and nearly 100 Navajo rugs and blankets, which vary from fine wearing blankets all the way to floor rugs.
Another highlight is a complete miniature set by William “Bill” Heisman including a fully tooled saddle, bridle, wooly chaps, spurs and cuffs.
Offerings from several other collections from western states will include 10 silver saddle (several by Bohlin), as well as art and sculpture dozens of artists, including Cowboy Artists of America members (present and deceased) and Montana-based artists.
The boutique dealer show is open from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; auction preview times are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, with auctions at noon Friday and Saturday.