I just returned from the Western Masters Show in Great Falls, MT – a 6 day event all in all, including setting up and tearing down. I was beat! But – it was also fun to see people I haven’t seen for awhile, and meet new people as well. The show was great overall – lots of energy and interest in art!
We did a tribute in my show room for Sheila Rieman, my dear friend. We shared the room for some time, and she has been a close friend for 22 years. The tribute was rewarding; so much of her art to see again, and so many came by to share their love and condolences for her family and many friends. We all miss her so.
On a happier note, I was invited to do the Friday Western Masters Quick Finish which was lots of fun, and thought I’d post a picture – stolen from Whitney Hall’s site, thanks to Terry Hall! In the Quick Finish, we were given 90 minutes to finish a painting we had begun (or in this case, nearly finished) earlier. I like that much better than a Quick Draw in which you have to do the whole painting in a given time. A Quick Finish allows for a much more relaxed event, more time to socialize with the crowd, and in the end, much better paintings to auction off as well.
The picture includes all twelve Quick Finish artists. Left to right: (top) Paul Dykman, Ott Jones, Kenneth Yarus, Whitney Hall, Harry Koyama, Jeff Ham, (bottom) Sarah Webber, Laurie Stevens, Dg House, Kelsey Schmidt-Sommer, Julie T. Chapman, and Bonnie Griffith.