Magazine article Southwest Art

Heart of the West: Best Western Plus GranTree Inn, August 10-12

Magazine article Southwest Art

Heart of the West: Best Western Plus GranTree Inn, August 10-12

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THE SECOND annual Heart of the West Art Show & Auction opens at the Best Western Plus GranTree Inn in the heart of Bozeman, MT, on Thursday, August 10, at noon. More than 50 western artists from around the country exhibit new paintings and sculptures in booths throughout the convention space. Artist demonstrations, presentations, and a live auction round out the weekend of events.

When the juried show and auction debuted in Bozeman last year, the community response was very encouraging, says show director Morgan Cawdrey, whose family organized the Western Masters show in Great Falls, MT, for several years. "There aren't really any major art shows in Bozeman," he says. "There are great galleries here, but there aren't a lot of events that bring in fine artists from outside. We wanted to create a forum for introducing some of our favorite artists to the community."

Dubbed the gateway to Yellowstone National Park, the Rocky Mountain town is the perfect setting for hosting this year's group of artists, all of whom depict contemporary and historical western subject matter in their work. The talented lineup includes Colin Alexander, Bonnie Zahn Griffith, Robert Krogle, Kim Randleas, Alexander Selytin, Michael Ome Untiedt, and Sherry Salari Sander. A majority of the show features bronze sculptures and oil paintings, including Native American motifs, still lifes, landscapes, and wildlife art, but the exhibition is also peppered with unique artworks, such as Japanese woodblock prints, silk paintings, and wood and stone carvings.

Joining the event for the first time is up-and-coming artist Sarah C. …

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