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This year’s show represented 23 Native Artists, including Shane Abbott, Alphonse Bird, Sammy Jo Bird, Catherine Blackhorse, Albertine Crow Shoe, Dawn Christine Davidson, Jesse DeRosier, Terrance Guardipee, Robert Martinez, Angelica Harden Norman, Darrell Norman, John Pepion, Lindy Racine, Natalie Veis, Valerie Veis, Francis Wall and many more.

This year marks the fourth year of the Celebration of Native Plains Artist (CNPA) Exhibition during Western Art Week. The NACDC started collaboration with Chuck Fulcher, coordinator of The Great Western Living & Design Exhibition at the Four Seasons Arena at Great Falls Expo Park, with six booths, including the NACDC booth itself in 2015. Each year CNPA has doubled, and this year’s exhibition was no exception with 25 booths booked!

This year’s show represented 23 Native Artists and for the first time included three organizations. Native artists represented included Shane Abbott, Alphonse Bird, Sammy Jo Bird, Catherine Blackhorse, Albertine Crow Shoe, Dawn Christine Davidson, Jesse DeRosier, Terrance Guardipee, Robert Martinez, Angelica Harden Nor-man, Darrell Norman, John Pepion, Lindy Racine, Natalie Veis, Valerie Veis and Francis Wall. And this year, we are so pleased to have had several art show newbies participating for the first time with huge success, including Zachary Lame Bear with his beautiful, traditional drums; Newton Racine with both two-dimensional works and pottery; and Chanel Harwood, Reese Harwood and Ray Harwood Jr. with an array of works from jewelry, paintings and exquisite sculptures. The participating organizations were the First Peoples Fund, Indian National Finals Rodeo and the Iinii Initiative. Participation of these organization truly enhanced the overall theme of the show. NACDC had their booth with information on services offered, a raffle for a stained-glass quilt created by NACDC’s Patty Gobert and granddaughters as well as two beautiful wood carvings by Alphonse Bird. 

The success of the CNPA exhibition was truly astounding. Angie Main, Executive Director of NACDC Financial Services, said, “The Celebration of Native Plains Artists has grown so much in the past four years. This is great because it elevates the visibility of the artists and opens new markets for them to pursue. A lot of Charlie Russell’s art revolves around Native Americans so it only makes sense that we are a part of Western Art Week.” 

As a Native American artist, inclusion in one of the events during what has become known as one of the finest Western visual art festivals in a the United States is a big benefit. With so many buyers, collectors and patrons converging on Great Falls for Western Art Week, this is a tremendous opportunity to make some very important connections in showcasing your art. As the dust has settled from the show, the artists are busy, back to work filling orders and commissions by art show attendees and getting ready for next year’s show. Thank you to all who attended and supported the Native artists; we look forward to seeing you next year.

For more information regarding NACDC services and the Celebration of Native Plains Artists exhibition, contact us at (406) 338-2099 or via email: angiem@3rivers.net. And for up-to-date information, like our Facebook page, @NACDCFS and visit our website: www.NACDCFinancialServices.com

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