August 16 – 19, 2023

Inspired by the one-and-only artist and storyteller Charlie Russell, these events will include happenings for all ages and any who love art and the Western lifestyle. Join us in Great Falls, Montana, for the premiere fundraising events of the C.M. Russell Museum. Glimpse into the past, experience today’s artistic expressions of the West, and join in the future of Charlie’s Western art legacy.

Art Preview Party

Wednesday, August 16
5-7 p.m. | $60 member/$100 non-member
C.M. Russell Museum

Gather with friends old and new at the Art Preview Party, where you can view the artwork to be sold at First Strike and The Russell one final time. Mingle with many of the artists and join in the building excitement of the coming events as you take in the finest artworks. Enjoy light snacks and complimentary beer and wine.

First Strike Thursday Night

Thursday, August 17
5 p.m. | $75 member/$125 non-member

First Strike Thursday Night Auction focuses solely on the works of contemporary artists. Experienced collectors and burgeoning bidders alike will have the opportunity to compete in a casual, entertaining atmosphere full of art, food, and fun. Heavy appetizers and complimentary beer and wine served.

Art in Action and The Russell Live Auction

Friday, August 18
11 a.m. | $100 member/$150 non-member
Meadow Lark Country Club

Don’t miss out on this full-day experience of Western art in Montana! The artistic genius unfolds in real time with Art in ActionTM, the Museum’s signature variation of a traditional “quick draw.” Embodying Russell’s true spirit of friendship, artists interact with guests and divulge some behind the scenes insight into their works of art. Their generosity continues when the live auction begins, where participating artists donate 100% of the hammer price to the C.M. Russell Museum. Immediately following, the high-stakes bidding continues with The Russell Live Auction, featuring significant historical works and distinguished contemporary art. Together, these two events merged into one, is a must-attend for those starting to acquire original art and the experienced Western art collector alike. Ticket price includes lunch, stationed appetizers, and a selection of adult beverages.

Educational Symposium

Saturday, August 19
9 a.m. | Free and open to the public
Montana Expo Park

We are thrilled to welcome Astronaut Mike Mullane to Great Falls, Montana. From combat reconnaissance missions over the skies of Vietnam, to Space Shuttle missions, to climbing some of the highest peaks across the globe, Mike Mullane knows a thing or two about a thing or two. You are sure to enjoy this uniquely revealing, captivating and hilarious space journey brought to you by the space cowboy himself. Like Charlie, Astronaut Mike Mullane inspires with his humor and ability to tell one heck of a story.

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