The Montana Painters' Alliance to Show
in the Wilkins Gallery for December
In the fall of 2016, the professional artist's group, Montana Painters'
Alliance (MPA), chose the Lewistown area for one of their biannual "paint
outs", an intense four days of painting beautiful scenery and reconnecting
with good friends. Many area ranchers generously opened their properties
for access for the artists. When rain dampened enthusiasm for outdoor
painting, the Salt Creek Gang, notorious for robbing the Charlie Russell
Chew Choo dinner train, rode to the rescue and modeled for the artists in
the basement of the Lewistown Art Center. Throughout the paint out a
multitude of field work by about 18 artists was generated. Paintings were
then shown, still wet, unframed, and leaning against the wall at the Art
Center at a fun reception open to the public.
Then in July of 2017, the MPA returned to the area, camping up the South Fork of the Judith River on the Trask Ranch, where the generosity of George and Dorothy Trask, who have lovingly cared for Jake Hoover's cabin, home to a young Charlie Russell, was bestowed upon not just the MPA, but a busload of Russell enthusiasts from Great Falls. Again, field paintings were produced by these MPA artists and a party in Utica featured them fresh off the easels. Now the artists have had some studio time to produce polished work of Central Montana scenery (and outlaws) that will be featured at the Lewistown Art Center during the month of December.
An opening reception will be held on Friday, December 1, at the Lewistown Art Center from 5pm to 7pm. The public is invited to attend. More information about the Montana Painter's Alliance is available on their website at www.mtpaintersalliance.org.