August 19th - 22st 2021
Western art isn’t just fine art; it’s functional art too. From handcrafted furniture to fashion and jewelry, the Great Western Living and Design Show has a little bit of everything for Western art enthusiasts. “We want to fulfill the needs of every Western home,” says Chuck Fulcher, President and participant of the Great Western Living and Design Show. “If a person wants to hang Western fine art on their walls, they’re probably the kind of person who would appreciate Western style in furniture and fashion as well. Why not complete the motif?”
Fulcher admits that the functional art at his show can be expensive but that’s because it is exceptionally high in quality. “Sometimes I tell people I run an heirloom show, because the items people buy here are going to last for generations,” says Fulcher. Each artist pours a remarkable amount of time into their creations which means that buyers will see the most out of their investments.
There are 50 artists in total at the Great Western Living and Design Show, ranging from fine arts painters to wood carvers to leathersmiths. For the second year, the show is being held in the Four Seasons Arena at the Great Falls Expo Park, the largest facility for a show during Western Art Week. “Our first year, we started out in the Exhibition Hall,” explains Fulcher, “but last year we traded locations with the Western Collectibles and Antiques Show. This has been mutually beneficial. The Exhibition Hall is the perfect size for them and the Four Seasons Arena allows us to have a roomy, casual atmosphere for our artists and visitors.” Unlike some art shows, where guests have to maneuver in and out of thin hallways and crowded rooms, the openness of the Great Western Living and Design Show allows visitors to feel relaxed while roaming the artists’ booths.
Besides having the largest facility, the Great Western Living and Design Show also has the most parking available. Because of this, the show works with the local TBID as an integral part of their Park and Ride system during Western Art Week. This system of transit allows art lovers to leave their cars at the Four Seasons Arena and tour all of the shows by bus, forgoing the inconvenience of parking. Fulcher thinks that the system is a great way for the community to embrace all that there is to see and do during Western Art Week and he encourages those who park at the Four Seasons Arena to stop in and see what his show has to offer.
“There are a lot of people who are talented in this world, not just in fine art but other arts as well,” says Fulcher. “That’s what we’re showcasing at the Great Western Living and Design Show.”