The Treasure State has some of the best Art Galleries/Museums celebrating western art from the classic masters of it, to new and upcoming artists. Check out the various places below.
Montana Historical Society
Montana is full of wonders hiding in plain sight. “People who have lived in Helena for years are still surprised to find this cool museum and gift shop across from the Capitol,” says Rod Coslet, manager of the Museum Store at the Montana Historical Society (MHS).
Mankind has always had a complex relationship with nature. We’ve been its steward and beneficiary, its pillager and prey, a territorial competitor, and an admirer of its grandeur. Our connections fluctuate with wild variance, but there is always a connection; never have we been—nor will we ever be—independent from nature
First peoples Buffalo Jump
Boasting one of, if not the, largest bison cliff jump in North America, First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park is rich with Native American history. Going back nearly one thousand years before Lewis & Clark passed through the area, the Plains Indians (and later other tribes as well) utilized the cliff in the hunting of bison, driving herds of the animals over the edge to their doom.
A mosaic is an assemblage of beautiful pieces; Montana Mosaic is much the same. Comprised of magnificent artworks from over 100 local artists, the business itself is a work of art. “What we always hear when people walk in is, ‘Wow,”‘ says Carolyn Brown, owner of the Great Falls art emporium.
Mountain Sage Gallery
Mountain Sage is owned and operated by 13 “local” artists. We are your friends and neighbors. We stand in line with you at the grocery store and the movies, but we are also a group of professional artists who have earned top national and international recognition for outstanding work.
Montana Art and Bronze
There are many reasons for an art collector to collect. Perhaps they get a thrill from owning a piece of history. Maybe they have a personal connection to the artists in their collection. But more often than not it seems art collectors buy art because it speaks to them. These are pieces they connect with mentally and emotionally.
Quilting can bring out the best in people. A quilter must have patience to complete their project. They must put thought into each fabric square and take care with each stitch. Quilting can provide joy in both solitude and companionship. It’s very rare to find a quilter with a sour face.
The Farmer’s Daughter
Barbed wire shaped the West. Now it shapes the artwork of father-daughter duo Bob Inabnit and Jill Lorang. “I’ve always liked barbed wire. There’s history there,” says Lorang. “It’s a cool medium to use.” In the early 2000s, she and her father were tearing down a rusted fence on the family farm at Ledger. It struck them that they could repurpose the barbed wire for home and yard décor.
Montana Heritage Center
From the sweeping plains of Sidney to the rugged peaks of Glacier National Park, Montana is celebrated for its dramatic terrain and diverse peoples. Our stories are as complex as our landscape, and so is our history. Today, for tomorrow, the Montana Historical Society’s new Montana Heritage Center will reflect those distinct variations, serving as a place to protect, celebrate, and share our past.
Red Brick Gallery
Stanford’s Red Brick Gallery officially opened in November 2019, after many months of renovation on the building (which was constructed in 1948). Owners Paul and Wanda Taylor have combined their talents to offer original artwork, custom framing, and repurposed décor.
The Sellars Place
It’s a haven for area artists. It’s the local flower shop. It’s a frame store. It’s the go-to for birthdays, holidays, and everyday gifts. The Sellars Place is Roundup’s creative catch-all business, with a little something for everyone in the community.
“In a small town, you have to be a jack-of-all-trades,” says Angie Sellars, who owns and operates The Sellars Place with her sister, Jessie.
Pretty Prairie Business Center
Innovation is a unique brand of creativity. It’s recognizing what’s missing—in an industry, a market, a community—and then developing a way to fill that void.
In Augusta, Pretty Prairie Business Center is certainly innovative. Established in 2020 by Suzi Taylor, this multi-purpose center serves the area as an office building, meeting space, small event center, and more.