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Almost

I have done three pretty white, or neutral, tonal paintings to date this year, which is a change for me. The process has been interesting and educational, which is always good. It has been very difficult to get good photos

Posted in Out West Art Show & Sale, Waterscape, Waterscape

I Go to Nature to Be Soothed

I have about 10 paintings in the works now and not many finished, but this one is. I painted another of this same river at sunset a year ago, but the subject is compelling and I decided to do it

Posted in Landscape, Waterscape, Waterscape

Wellspring

I’ve had a terrible time with cameras lately. It’s been quite frustrating! Maybe it’s time for a new one? But finally, I managed to get a good shot of this piece. I like this painting, “Wellspring”. It’s 24 x 24,

Posted in Waterscape

Working on a seascape!

Stepping out of my comfort zone with a seascape commission. Just the drawing and lay in so far. Doing something different is intriguing. This is going to be fun!

Posted in Waterscape

On My Easel

On my easel now. I took this picture a couple days ago, but still, so far so good. This is just the lay in. I’m nervous about being able to keep the brilliant yellow as the paint becomes more opaque.

Posted in Out West Art Show & Sale, Waterscape

Solitude

On it’s way to The Booth Western Art Museum is this painting, “Solitude”. I decided to send something decidedly not western this year for their “For the Love of Art Gala & Art Auction”. There must be a few loyal

Posted in Booth Western Art Museum, For the Love of Art Gala & Art Auction, Waterscape

Warm Water’s Edge

When dreaming about a special getaway spot with a little dock at the water’s edge, one of the places you might hope to find that is Coeur d’Alene, Id. This painting will be part of the “Miniatures by the Lake”

Posted in Coeur D' Alene Galleries "Miniatures by the Lake" Show, Coeur d'Alene Galleries, Waterscape

Drifting

You see a lot of this activity in Montana in the summer. We still have many beautiful, clear rivers, some of them nurturing a lot of fish. My fishing happens with a camera, not a fishing pole, but it can

Posted in Creighton Block Gallery, Waterscape

To a Distant Shore

We have been lucky enough to spend the weekend at the home of some wonderful people in Iron Horse, north of Whitefish, MT. This weekend is the Summer Art Social to benefit the Whitefish Community Foundation and the Iron Horse

Posted in Waterscape

Picnic

This painting was inspired by a camping trip last spring with good friends at Holland Lake. We drove there in a blizzard and woke the next morning to find 5″ of snow. If we had not been meeting friends we

Posted in Waterscape, Western Masters Art Show & Sale

Laurie Stevens

Current or Recent Events & Shows

National Oil & Acrylic Painters Society “Best of America Small Painting National Exhibition” at the Kirkland Gallery, Nashville, TN., April 30 – May26, 2018

Out West Art Show & Sale, March 14-17, 2018 at the Heritage Inn, Great Falls, Mt. I’m in Room 176!

Portrait Society of America 6×9:Limited Size, Unlimited Talent Mystery Art Sale, April 20, 2018 at the Art of the Portrait Conference in Washington, DC.

National Oil & Acrylic Painters Society Holiday Small Works Show, Nov. 13 – Dec. 30, 2017

Under a Vast Sky, the 2017 AWA Annual Master and Signature Members Show & National Juried Exhibition, at the Tucson Desert Art Museum, Oct 13 – Dec. 3, 2017

“Dissent” Show at Sparrow Gallery, Sacramento, CA. July 1 – August, 2017

“Gallery Night” at Frame of Reference Fine Art in Whitefish, MT.,July 6, 2017

Iron Horse Summer Art Social, Whitefish, MT. June 25, 2017

“First Strike Auction” March 17, 2017 C.M. Russell Museum https://cmrussell.org/the-russell-event/

2016 – Portrait Society of American Members Only Competition Winner – Landscape Division https://portraitsociety.org/

“Back to Basics” Painting Workshop in Big Sky, MT. – October 28-30, 2016

“2016 Annual AWA Member Show & National Juried Exhibition” – Sept. 23 to Nov. 14, 2016 https://americanwomenartists.org/news//

“Summer Art Social” at Iron Horse, Whitefish, MT. – June 25, 2016 www.whitefishcommunityfoundation.org/summer-art-social/

“Montana Painters Alliance Show” at the Hockaday Museum of Art in Kalispell, MT. June 30, 2016 – August 31, 2016. http://www.hockadaymuseum.org/

I’m teaching a workshop called “Back to Basics: Considerations for Every Painter” at the C. M. Russell Museum in Great Falls, MT., April 29 – May 1, 2016 https://www.cmrussell.org/content/back-basics-considerations-every-painter-laurie-stevens/

“Auction for the Arts” at Lone Mountain Ranch in Big Sky, MT. March 24, 2016 http://www.bigskyarts.org/

“Out West Art Show & Sale” at the Heritage Inn, Great Falls, MT. March 16-19, 2016 http://outwestartshow.com/

Guest Artist at Altamira Fine Art, Scottsdale, AZ., 2015 http://www.altamiraart.com

“Traveling the West Art Show & Sale” at Southwest Gallery, Dallas, TX. – October 23-24, 2015 http://www.travelingthewestshow.com

“Boots Required!” at Bella Muse Gallery, Ogden, UT. – July 3 – August 31, 2015 http://www.bellamusegallery.com

“Summer Art Social” at Iron Horse, Whitefish, MT. – June 30, 2015 www.whitefishcommunityfoundation.org/summer-art-social/

The Dana Gallery “Icons of the West” Show, May 15 – June 30,, 2015 http://www.danagallery.com

The Russell Live Auction, Mansfield Convention Center, Great Falls, MT., Saturday, Mar. 21, 2015 http://www.cmrussell.org/the-russell

Booth Western Art Museum “For the Love of Art Gala & Art Auction” – February 21, 2015 www.boothmuseum.org

Altamira Fine Art “Art 2 Art Show”, Jackson, WY. – mid December, 2014 – January 1, 2015 www.altamiraart.com

Tom Gilleon & Laurie Stevens – 2 person show hosted by Altamira Gallery of Jackson, WY. and Creighton Block Gallery of Big Sky, MT., July1 – 18, 2014 http://www.creightonblockgallery.com

National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum “Small Works, Great Wonders” Show, Oklahoma City, OK. – Nov. 15 – Dec. 1, 2013 http://nationalcowboymuseum.org/events/swgw/default.aspx

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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