Out West Art Show Rides Again in Great Falls

Western Art Week’s only non-profit show returns to the Heritage Inn March 17-19

Art Beat

The Out West Art Show – the only non-profit show during Western Art Week – returns to the Heritage Inn in Great Falls March 17-19. Once again, the event showcases many of the nation’s top fine artists, including long-time participants DG House, Don Grant, Mimi Grant, Ken Mayernik, H. Steven Oistad, and Echo and Ron Ukrainetz.

Friday's Quick Draw is a popular feature of the Out West Art Show – and the only one during this year's Western Art Week.
Friday’s Quick Draw is a popular feature of the Out West Art Show – and the only one during this year’s Western Art Week.

The show kicks off from 5-7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 17, with a reception featuring live music by Britta Lee and hearty hors d’oeuvres hosted by the Heritage Inn. Organizers say it’s a great opportunity to “celebrate the return of Western Art Week by saying hi to old friends and meeting new ones.” The show is open every night until 9 p.m. offering ample opportunities for a one-on-one with artists.

The show opens at 11 a.m. Friday and Saturday. The only featured Quick Draw of Western Art Week starts at 5:30 p.m. Friday. Artists complete a collectable piece of art from start to finish before a live audience with pieces auctioned immediately following the event.

Saturday, March 19, brings a full palette of festivities, including the popular Paint-A-Round. Beginning at 3 p.m. several artists will each have a few minutes to work on a single piece of art before passing it on to the next artist. This fun and engaging event offers an opportunity to see artists contribute their unique talent to a piece of art. Each piece will be for sale after the event with special pricing.

At 5:30 p.m. artists gather for the Out West Art Show Quick Finish. Watch artists finish a fine art piece within the hour and then join the robust competition as the pieces go up for auction immediately following the event.

Organizers say support of the show helps foster up-and-coming artists and a love for western art through the Out West Art Show’s charitable foundation, Young Masters. Get a glimpse of the future of western art at the Young Masters show, on display in the Russell Room.