The eventful Western Art Week in Great Falls, MT coincides with the birthdate of Montana’s most famous artist,C. M. Russell. The city comes alive with great art in a multitude of venues. Our exhibit host is the Out West Art Show and Sale, put on by the Out West Art Foundation.
MTWS annually awards one of our outstanding Signature Members as Artist of Merit, sponsored by Margo Voermans. We are pleased to announce the 2022 honoree is Tom Mostad of Helena, Montana.
The MTWS members exhibiting this year are, Ilene Paulsen of Plains, Sue Antonich of Helena, Roberta J. Burruss of Corvallis, K. Jodi Gear of Butte, Keri Keefe of Columbia Falls, Shimi McKenzie of Hamilton, Ron Paulick of Great Falls, Tammy Phillips of Kalispell, and the 2022 Artist of Merit, Tom Mostad of Helena.
Opening reception, Thursday March 17th, from 5 to 9pm Showing 11am - 9pm both Friday, the 18th and Saturday, the 19th
Location: Galley Room B on the main floor of the Out West Art Show & Sale hosted by the Heritage Inn, 1700 Fox Farm Dr. Great Falls, MT
2022 MTWS Artist of Merit Tom Mostad
Trapper-Cabin Fever Size: 36 x 29.5 inches
Meet Tom Mostad, the 2022 Artist of Merit for the Members Watermedia Art Sale.
Tom Mostad is a long-time Signature Member of MTWS and in 2021 he had work selected for the prestigious art auction, The Russell. He grew up in Missoula and went to the University of Montana. After graduation, he promised himself that he would also find time to work at his easel even while holding down an eight-to-five job. When he built his home in Helena, he included a studio where you will often find him since retirement.
Tom works with both watercolor and oil and his paintings are usually filled with wildlife and the Montana landscape. “Since I now paint almost every day, I can tell that I am advancing,” he said. “I am teaching myself technique as I paint, watching videos and by close examination of other artists’ work.”
Tom’s artist statement includes that “his artwork is a reflection of the natural beauty and history that is unique to the American West. The wildlife, landscape, and portraits are his views of the spirit, the time, and the places that we see only for a moment but want to last forever.”