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YAM’s 50th auction will feature rare Picasso print


This year’s 50th Annual Art Auction at the Yellowstone Art Museum will feature selections by 131 artists from across the country, including 100 artists from Montana. But the work likely to draw the most attention will be a rare print created half a century ago by an artist from Spain. The piece, titled “Portrait d’Homme á la Fraise, Variation d’aprés El Greco,” was produced in 1962 by Pablo Picasso. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Downtown Autumn ArtWalk will feature 29 locations


Autumn ArtWalk in downtown Billings, set for Friday from 5 to 9, “embraces cool art, cool nights and cool music.” That’s according to a press release from the Downtown Billings Alliance, which also announced that tickets for ArtWalk’s first 50/50 raffle are on sale through the Winter ArtWalk, scheduled for Dec. 1. (more…) Continue Reading →

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In ‘Crow Stories,’ filmmaker takes time to look, listen


During Sean Kernan’s second visit to the Crow Indian Reservation, after he had decided to make a documentary about the Crow people, he was asked by a tribal member what he wanted to say with his film. “I don’t want to say anything,” Kernan answered. “I want to listen.” (more…) Continue Reading →

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New book corrals Waddell’s art, and a time and place, too


A few years ago, the painter and sculptor Theodore Waddell was thinking it might be time, five decades into a productive career as an artist, for a book-length retrospective of his work. The more he thought about it, though, the less he wanted a coffee-table book solely about his art. He wanted a book that would tell the larger story of the artists and writers and friends he had learned from and worked with, of the ferment and excitement of a particular time in history. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Arts, humanities funds on chopping block


In all of the post-election chaos, it’s easy to overlook the minor casualties. Some of them may be in Montana. The Trump administration, eager to ramp up spending on the military, border control and infrastructure, all while cutting taxes and shoring up Social Security and healthcare, is desperate to find spending cuts. (more…) Continue Reading →

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At long last, exhibit pays tribute to pioneering artist


Twenty-three years after her death, an influential painter who spent most of her life on her family’s ranch near Absarokee is finally getting the exhibit she deserved. “A Lonely Business: Isabelle Johnson’s Montana” opens to the public on Tuesday, Nov. 3, and will stay up through Jan. 3. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Remembering Jane Estelle: ‘She saved our lives’


Paula McClave had been seeing therapists on and off for almost 25 years when someone suggested she try C. Jane Estelle, whom everyone knew as Jane. It took her a year to call and make an appointment, she said, “but it was the best thing I ever did.”

“I had seen a lot of therapists, and I had given up,” she said. “But I walked into her office and I said, ‘Oh, my God, I have met my soulmate.’” (more…) Continue Reading →

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More attention for a worthy artist


I’ve been meaning to post this since Friday, when the Billings Gazette featured Ben Pease in a story about the Yellowstone Art Museum’s annual auction. I wanted to draw readers’ attention to a story I wrote about Ben in the earliest days of Last Best News. We had a lot fewer readers then, naturally, so I wanted to give current readers a chance to catch up. I also wrote a short blog item about how I stumbled onto Ben’s great work at the Montana Folk Festival in Butte and just knew I had to write a story about him. As a bonus, the story contains some fine John Warner photographs. Continue Reading →

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Cody artist’s ‘lost treasures’ on display through April 10


In a nondescript metal warehouse on the outskirts of Cody, Wyoming, sits an unlikely treasure: a vast body of work by an artist praised by Jackson Pollock, displayed at prestigious museums of art across the United States, and collected by Presidents Ronald Reagan, Gerald Ford and Lyndon Johnson. The artist, the late Harry Jackson, of Cody and Camaiore, Italy, left behind an extraordinary legacy reflective of a life that spanned more than eight decades and several continents. (more…) Continue Reading →

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