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Learn about Nancy and Charlie Russell

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NINEPIPES — Mary Jan Bradbury will present a living history program on Nancy Cooper Russell at various schools in the valley during her stint as a Humanities Montana Artist in Residence for Ninepipes Museum from April 8-12. 

This is a first-person storytelling event to share the story of Nancy and Charlie Russell, Montana’s frontier history and western art history. 

Nancy Cooper Russell was the wife and business manager of Montana western artist Charles M. Russell.  Coming from an unlikely background, Nancy overcame her humble beginnings.  Through determination and innate business sense, she made Charlie Russell the highest paid living artist of his time, and secured him a place as this country’s foremost Western artist.

Bradbury will also present (out of character) a number of Russell art works, and students are prompted in a variety of ways to expand their awareness of art viewing, and to explore Charlie’s art in particular for the stories he intended to capture. Charlie was as well known for his storytelling as for his art, and the two can be incorporated in a variety of ways. For more information on available programs call Kathy Senkler at 406-644-3435. Sponsors of this program are Ninepipe Museum Business members, Lower Flathead Valley Community Foundation and Humanities Montana.


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