The Day After Christmas



I’m trying to get back on track here. It takes awhile! Christmas usually commands my attention for a few weeks of the month – at least. We had a nice Christmas day – snow on the ground, family home and dinner with friends. The next day we all went to the pond to go skating – girls, boyfriends, IMG_6973_2dogs…how great to be able to do that!


This week I’m working on a few pieces for the Settlers West Miniature Show in Tucson in February. In a day or two I’ll show you the first piece. Painting always amazes me.  The first of these pieces went really well and easily, and is almost done. The second has not gone so smoothly. You’d think that once you learned to do something it would always stick with you, like riding a bike, but that doesn’t necessarily apply in the world of painting! Tomorrow is another day though, so we’ll see.

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4 comments on “The Day After Christmas
  1. Gary & Karen Thams says:

    We always enjoy your up dates. Your comments about the two pieces you are working on brought to mind the feelings one has when buying a painting. I guess whether your painting a picture or buying a painting one has to feel it.
    Karen and I have both yours and Toms paintings hung in our home and are greatly enjoying the comments from our family and friends. Each painting has its own story, from where we aquired it to the frienships we have developed(though only by phone and e-mails).
    Hope you and Tom have a great New Year and we will look forward to the new and exciting creations.

    Best Wishes,
    Gary & Karen Thams

  2. Deb says:

    Oh that does look like fun!

  3. Marta Izsak says:

    Wish we were there with you guys
    … wait …
    we were there in thought

    Love, Marta & “Jetta”

  4. Karen says:

    Your pictures bring back memories of ice skating at home in Colorado and in New York. What a wonderful holiday. Best to you and Tom from Clark and me.

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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

2016 – Portrait Society of American Members Only Competition Winner – Landscape Division

“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

“Summer Art Social” at Iron Horse, Whitefish, MT. – June 25, 2016

“Montana Painters Alliance Show” at the Hockaday Museum of Art in Kalispell, MT. June 30, 2016 – August 31, 2016.

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

“Auction for the Arts” at Lone Mountain Ranch in Big Sky, MT. March 24, 2016

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

Guest Artist at Altamira Fine Art, Scottsdale, AZ., 2015

“Traveling the West Art Show & Sale” at Southwest Gallery, Dallas, TX. – October 23-24, 2015

“Boots Required!” at Bella Muse Gallery, Ogden, UT. – July 3 – August 31, 2015

“Summer Art Social” at Iron Horse, Whitefish, MT. – June 30, 2015

The Dana Gallery “Icons of the West” Show, May 15 – June 30,, 2015

The Russell Live Auction, Mansfield Convention Center, Great Falls, MT., Saturday, Mar. 21, 2015

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

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

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

National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum “Small Works, Great Wonders” Show, Oklahoma City, OK. – Nov. 15 – Dec. 1, 2013

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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