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CM Russell | The Art & Soul of the American West

CM Russell | The Art & Soul of the American West

Charles Marion Russell (1864–1926) was many things; consummate Westerner, historian, advocate of the Northern Plains Indians, cowboy, writer, outdoorsman, philosopher, environmentalist, conservationist, and not least, artist. In Montana’s Basecamp for Art & Adventure, you can experience first-hand the places Charlie touched; from the Judith Basin where he worked as a ranch hand to his home…

10 Things you Don’t Expect During Western Art Week

For one fantastic week in March, Great Falls becomes the Western Art Capital of the World. The event, now in its 50th year, is always held in March in honor of famed cowboy artist Charlie Russell’s birthday and still takes people by surprise. Many attendees think they know all about Western Art Week, but time…

A Stroll Along Central Avenue

Central Avenue in Downtown Great Falls is in the heart of Great Falls | Montana’s Basecamp for Art & Adventure. Flanked by Gibson Park, the Mansfield Center for the Performing Arts, the River’s Edge Trail, and unique shops you’ll only find in Great Falls, Central Avenue holds many surprising discoveries. What will you find when…

Brother Van | Best loved man in Montana

Great Falls | Montana’s Basecamp for Art & Adventure, is the home of one of Montana’s most famous pioneers. William Wesley Van Orsdel, or more fondly called Brother Van, came to Montana via steamboat in 1872. He told the captain he was going to Montana “to sing, to preach, and to encourage people to be…

Fort Benton | Montana’s Birthplace

Fort Benton, the ‘Birthplace of Montana,’ offers culture, history, and adventure along the Missouri River Breaks. Located just 40 minutes north of Great Falls, Fort Benton is the perfect day trip during your visit to Great Falls; what will you find in this historic corner of Montana? In 1805, the Lewis and Clark expedition traversed…

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