Native American Artists
400 3rd St NW
Great Falls, MT 59405
Dynamic and Powerful
As part of Western Art Week beginning March 17, 2016, a group of noted Native American artists are exhibiting their work at the Great Western Living & Design show at Montana Expo Park in the Four Seasons Arena. The “Celebration of Native Plains Artists” features internationally known, award-winning artists such as David Dragonfly, Sammi Jo Bird, Valentina LaPier, Ernest Marceau, Deborah Magee, Darrel Norman, William Sharp and Lyle Omeasoo.
The Native American Community Development Corporation (NACDC), sponsor of the “Celebration of Native Plains Artists”, approached Fulcher about participation in the event. “We felt participation in the Great Western Living & Design show underscores our efforts to promote the dynamic and powerful work of Native American artists,” said Angie Main, NACDC Executive Director. “So much of Charlie Russell’s work is about Native American life and culture.” NACDC and NACDC Financial Services provide programs, resources and education to Native American entrepreneurs and small businesses. In addition, the organization works to promote Native American artists through various events, trainings and the http://nacdcnativeart.com website.
The Great Western Living & Design Exhibition, part of Western Art week in Great Falls since 2012, has become known as the finest Western visual art festivals in the United States. Show organizer Chuck Fulcher, owner of Lodestone Gallery and Design, set out to create a different type of event that includes not only visual artists, but artisans inspired by the West to create furniture, leatherwork, jewelry and clothing. “The Great Western Show is proud to have NACDC and the ‘Celebration of Native Plains Artists’ join our community of artisans,” said Fulcher. “The passion and culture reflected in these works is inspiring.”
Award-winning Native American traditional dancers and drummers will be performing at the reception hosted by NACDC Thursday evening in the Four Seasons Arena at 6:00 pm. Exhibit rooms and artists’ booths are open Thursday through Saturday from 11:00 am to 8:00 pm, with live music and entertainment starting at 6:00 pm. On Sunday, March 20th, visitors will enjoy a “Cowboy Church” at 9:00 am followed by a pancake breakfast. Exhibits will be open from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm.
Admission is free to the Great Western Living & Design show. For more information contact NACDC Office at (406)338-2992, or visit the event website at http://www.thegreatwesternshow.com/.