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:

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

  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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Laurie Stevens

Recent Accolades

6-2020 “The Artist’s Wife” was one of 150 paintings juried into the National Oil & Acrylic Painters Society 2020 Spring International Online Competition.

2-2020 I was accepted into the Booth Western Art Museum show Making Their Mark: American Women Artists. May 27 – Aug. 23, 2020.

2018 – I was chosen as a Finalist in the Portrait Society of America’s “Members Only Competition” (in the Non-Commissioned Portrait Category) with my painting, “The Artist’s Wife”.

2018 – I was chosen to grace the “Classic Moments” page of the July / August 2018 Fine Art Connoisseur magazine. This is the last page of the magazine and a full page spread! My painting, “The Artist’s Wife”, 32×24, was my response to a painting of the same title by William Merit Chase, done in 1892. – https://fineartconnoisseur.com/category/magazine/current-issue/

2018 – “An Early Breakfast” was juried into the NOAPS 2018 Best of America Small Painting National Exhibition at Richland Fine Art in Nashville, TN. April 30 – May 26, 2018 – http://www.noaps.org/copy-of-best-of-america-prospectus

2018 – Portrait Society of America – 6×9: Limited Size, Unlimited Talent Mystery Art Sale, April 20 at the Art of the Portrait Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. – http://www.portraitsociety.org/

2017 – C.M. Russell Museum Auction “The Russell” – http://www.cmrauction.com/

2017 – Dinghies and U-Turn were juried into the National Oil & Acrylic Painters Society Holiday Small Works Show in Parkville, MO. – https://www.noaps.org/holiday-small-works-show

2017 – Portrait Society of American Members Only Competition Finalist in the “Outside the Box” Figurative Competition – for “Mourning Dove” 36×24 – https://www.portraitsociety.org/moc-2017-winners

2017 – Two pieces juried into the National Oil & Acrylic Painters Society Holiday Small Works Show – https://www.noaps.org/holiday-small-works-show

2016 – Portrait Society of America “Members Only Show” – I placed in the Landscape Division with my painting “Milk and Honey”! See the images on the slider. – http://www.portraitsociety.org/moc-2016-winners

2014 – Spring, 2015 – Juried into the Spring American Women Artists Online Juried Show. http://www.americanwomenartists.org/news/html/t_oli_2014_fall.html

2014 – Juried into the Fall NOAPS International Online Showcase. http://www.noaps.org/html/t_oli_2014_fall.html

2014 – Juried into the American Women Artists National Competition & Exhibition, Orleans, MA.www.americanwomenartists.org

2014 – Chosen to be an “Art in Action” Artist for the Russell Auction event at Meadowlark Country Club, Great Falls, MT., Mar. 21www.cmrussell.org/the-russell

2013 – Juried into the American Women Artists National Competition & Exhibition, Fredericksburg, TXwww.americanwomenartists.org

2012 – A piece of mine, “Motel Galata” was selected to be part of the permanent Modern West Collection at the Booth Western Art Museum in Cartersville, GA! www.boothmuseum.org/

2012 – Top 100 Paint the Parks National Competition (2 pieces) www.paintamerica.org

2011 People’s Choice Award at the Clymer Museum of Art Exhibit & Auction www.clymermuseum.com

2008 C.M. Russell Museum CEO Award – given to one Russell Auction participant www.cmrussell.org

2008 – 2010 Paint America Top 100 www.paintamerica.org

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.