She Loves Their Stories

I just received word that this painting won the People’s Choice Award at the Clymer Museum of Art Exhibit and Auction, May 20 & 21. Of course I was thrilled! “She Loves Their Stories” is an oil, 24″ x 24″.

In many cultures, the willful Magpie is seen as a messenger, a harbinger, a being that can travel between the dark and the light, the good and the bad. The wily magpie is also seen as one that stands in the doorway of new realms, bringing word of other events and places. This wise woman is thrilled by a visit from her magpie friends, enjoying the stories they have to tell of their forays into other worlds and realms. They bring good news.

Her dress speaks of a past raid on another tribe and the procurement of new horses for the People. This particular dress does exist and is on display in the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian. It is attributed to be Sihasapa Lakota (Blackfoot Sioux) circa 1890.

Posted in Animals, Clymer Museum, Clymer Museum of Art Exhibition & Auction, Figurative, Native American
5 comments on “She Loves Their Stories
  1. Marion says:

    Congratulations! Good going. This is a cool painting – nice hands…

  2. Ann Malmlund says:

    Congratulations! Your painting career is really moving into high gear. Had lunch with Julie and Eli today. We talked about a trip to Montana…maybe in the fall. Nothing set yet but it’s nice to dream. Ann

  3. Hi Laurie,
    Congratulations. It’s a beautiful painting. I love the woman’s face and hands. You can feel the warmth on her skin. The clouds are perfect. Just great!. I finally hung your painting today. They look good on the wall. Thanks again. Have a great summer. I just got a book from the Wildlife Art museum in Jackson Hole. I love it. I wish I knew about the Museum when I passed through two years ago. Sincerely, Gary Stockbridge.

  4. Christine McKay says:

    Wonderful, Laurie! Your love of Magpies and Lore is beautifully translated in this painting. Also love the use of the original dress. Makes me wish I could sit with this lovely woman and “talk story.” You so deserved this honor!

  5. Karen says:

    Wow, Laurie, this is a wonderful painting and congratulations to you for your award!!!
    Sorry I haven’t commented much to you lately….lots of travel, and other busyness! But, I still look for and read all your stuff!

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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

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

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

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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

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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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