Western Masters Friday Quick Finish Event

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.

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3 comments on “Western Masters Friday Quick Finish Event
  1. Jerry Izsak says:

    Laurie,with all those aprons it looks more like a cook-off, you look maaavelous, as Billy Crystal would say.

  2. Eli Erlandson says:

    Laurie,
    Thanks for sharing the picture and the writing, I enjoy hearing about your path in the art world. Wishing you continued enjoyment and success.
    Eli

  3. Ed Sanders says:

    What a fabulous photo—all that’s missing is a few bottles of wine and a roasted pig !

    Really enjoyed the show and so much fun renewing old friends.

    The elusive Mr. Gilleon once again managed to avoid me the entire show.

    Kick him in the shins Laurie !

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

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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

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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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