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Big Sky Auction for the Arts

I’ve hardly had a chance to catch up on much needed sleep since Art Week in Great Falls. I had a pretty good show and enjoyed seeing all the people I see only once a year! Closely following Art Week

Posted in Americana, Auction for the Arts, Big Sky, Vehicles

An Icon

The deadline for the Art Week shows in Great Falls fast approaches. As I have room 176 at Out West Art Show at the Heritage Inn, I’m scrambling – many paintings in the works and not many new ones finished

Posted in Art Association of Jackson Hole, Vehicles, Whodunnit Fundraiser

The Spud

“The Spud” is another painting done for the show at Altamira. I’ve always loved this old truck and this still standing drive in theater in Driggs, ID. They do exist! I had to paint it, and this was the time!

Posted in Altamira Fine Art, Vehicles

Ol’ Reliable

I thought I’d post another rusty vehicle painting. I’ve been told by a friend that this is a 1946 Chevy COE. The lines of these old rounded trucks and cars is compelling, and the rust only adds character! Ol’ Reliable

Posted in Farm / Ranch, Going to the Sun Gallery, Vehicles

Safe Haven

I have painted this old car before. It’s a subject I can hardly resist! The first painting was from a different angle and was of a different color palette, so it was interesting to do a different take on it

Posted in Farm / Ranch, Vehicles

Motel Galata

For our 100 Mile Radius Show, I chose to do this painting of an old motel sign on the Montana high line. This is quintessential Montana of the 1950 – 1960’s. There are still quite a few funky old signs

Posted in 100 Mile Radius Show, Farm / Ranch, Figurative, Landscape, Vehicles

Riding the New Horse

This is a painting I did about 5 years ago. I loved the story, as is usual for me! I was just contacted by a man who liked this painting, and who has traveled the country on a motorcycle, taking

Posted in Figurative, Vehicles, Western

Laurie Stevens

Recent Accolades

2018 – I was chosen to grace the “Classic Moments” page of the July / August 2018 Fine Art Connoisseur magazine. This is the last page of the magazine and a full page spread! My painting, “The Artist’s Wife”, 32×24, was my response to a painting of the same title by William Merit Chase, done in 1892. – https://fineartconnoisseur.com/category/magazine/current-issue/

2018 – “An Early Breakfast” was juried into the NOAPS 2018 Best of America Small Painting National Exhibition at Richland Fine Art in Nashville, TN. April 30 – May 26, 2018 – http://www.noaps.org/copy-of-best-of-america-prospectus

2018 – Portrait Society of America – 6×9: Limited Size, Unlimited Talent Mystery Art Sale, April 20 at the Art of the Portrait Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. – http://www.portraitsociety.org/

2017 – C.M. Russell Museum Auction “The Russell” – http://www.cmrauction.com/

2017 – Dinghies and U-Turn were juried into the National Oil & Acrylic Painters Society Holiday Small Works Show in Parkville, MO. – https://www.noaps.org/holiday-small-works-show

2017 – Portrait Society of American Members Only Competition Finalist in the “Outside the Box” Figurative Competition – for “Mourning Dove” 36×24 – https://www.portraitsociety.org/moc-2017-winners

2017 – Two pieces juried into the National Oil & Acrylic Painters Society Holiday Small Works Show – https://www.noaps.org/holiday-small-works-show

2016 – Portrait Society of America “Members Only Show” – I placed in the Landscape Division with my painting “Milk and Honey”! See the images on the slider. – http://www.portraitsociety.org/moc-2016-winners

2014 – Spring, 2015 – Juried into the Spring American Women Artists Online Juried Show. http://www.americanwomenartists.org/news/html/t_oli_2014_fall.html

2014 – Juried into the Fall NOAPS International Online Showcase. http://www.noaps.org/html/t_oli_2014_fall.html

2014 – Juried into the American Women Artists National Competition & Exhibition, Orleans, MA.www.americanwomenartists.org

2014 – Chosen to be an “Art in Action” Artist for the Russell Auction event at Meadowlark Country Club, Great Falls, MT., Mar. 21www.cmrussell.org/the-russell

2013 – Juried into the American Women Artists National Competition & Exhibition, Fredericksburg, TXwww.americanwomenartists.org

2012 – A piece of mine, “Motel Galata” was selected to be part of the permanent Modern West Collection at the Booth Western Art Museum in Cartersville, GA! www.boothmuseum.org/

2012 – Top 100 Paint the Parks National Competition (2 pieces) www.paintamerica.org

2011 People’s Choice Award at the Clymer Museum of Art Exhibit & Auction www.clymermuseum.com

2008 C.M. Russell Museum CEO Award – given to one Russell Auction participant www.cmrussell.org

2008 – 2010 Paint America Top 100 www.paintamerica.org

About Me

Stevens’ work reflects the small daily wonders of the land she calls home: the first crocus of spring, the resilient beauty of the plains, or that special sense of hope and possibility that is only found in the West. Stevens is also interested in regional history, particularly the interactions of Native Americans and white settlers during the Reservation Period. Many of her paintings are an exploration of this dynamic and a meditation on the “taming of the West.” From Billings, MT, Laurie began her career as an artist in Los Angeles where she spent 12 years working for the entertainment industry as a scenic artist and muralist for television, theme park, theater and movie productions. She spent time as a member of the Walt Disney Imagineering team, lending her talents to many Disney theme park projects worldwide. She also did some set design, illustration, and matte paintings for several animated childrens’ movies. In the 1980’s Stevens returned to her native Montana, first to the mountains near the Scapegoat Wilderness and then to the ranch near Great Falls where she currently lives and works.

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