Episode 19:

Western Art Week

Rebecca and Mari are joined by celebrity, Norma Ashby-Smith, a Great Falls Champion and Legend that was inducted into the Montana’s Broadcaster Hall of Fame of 2010. Norma is the founder of Western Art Week, and shares how the project started, and how it took off and became a yearly event in Great Falls, Montana, where our city becomes the Western Art Capital of the World, all based around famed cowboy artist and Great Falls’ local,  Charlie Russell.

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Show Notes and Pull Quotes

Norma Ashby-Smith was a Montana Broadcaster for over 25 years and is still active in the Great Falls’ community to this day. She started Western Art Week back in 1969 and the original publication was only 8-pages. Today, the event draws people from all over the world as Great Falls Montana becomes the Western Art Capital of the world. Norma is also the organized behind Walking the Dead, a yearly event in Great Falls where actors impersonate famous Great Falls residents on the last Sunday of June each year.

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