GREAT FALLS, Mt. – Western Art Week runs from March 16-20 and Russell’s Art Auction is how it all started.
However, this year the auction isn’t in March – it’s in August.
The CM Russell Museum says there are very few places you want to be outside of Montana in the summer.
When the auction was originally moved to 2021 due to the pandemic, people loved the new schedule.
Tom Figarelle, the museum’s executive director, says keeping it in August not only helps the museum, but also the economy.
“We’re going to stay in August for the foreseeable future,” Figarelle said.
However, just because Russell’s art auction is in August doesn’t mean they’ll all skip Western Art Week together.
They know that March is Charlie Russell’s birth month and a historic time to celebrate Western art in Electric City.
“We will still have events in March. It could be a miniature sale, it could be a different approach, but it will still have basic elements, one artist, two patrons and three a celebration of the legacy of Charlie,” Figarelle said.
For 2022, they imagined Charlie’s Miniature Roundup.
A time when they can spotlight small-scale artwork and new artists capturing the American West.
“It’s a combination of artists from the Russell Skull Society, it’s some of the best western artists in the country who have submitted small-scale artwork and other artists we’ve invited. Specifically invited who have never been to Russell’s Auction before. They have a new take on the American West. So there will be live music, food, camaraderie and engagement like the people have always loved Western Art Week, this time with smaller scale artwork,” Figarelle said.
Charlie’s Miniature Gathering begins at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, March 18 at The Newberry in downtown Great Falls.
Some tickets are still available and you can start bidding on over 60 small works of art now.
To learn more, buy tickets or bid on artwork, click here.