AWA Show “Under a Vast Sky”

I’m a little late in posting images from the reception of AWA’s opening reception for the AWA “Under a Vast Sky” show at the Tucson Desert Art Museum. Nevertheless, the show looks great and hangs through December 3rd. If you’re in the area I hope you’ll get by to see it.

#AWATucson #Tucsondesertartmuseum #oilpainting #figurativepainting

Posted in American Women Artists National Juried Competition, Figurative, Native American, Tucson Desert Art Museum

Montana Artists’ Trip to Nantucket

I had posted on my general FB page some pics from our wonderful trip to NY and Nantucket. Here, I thought I’d get into the meat of it. Well, sort of. I think we all spent more time “enjoying the trip” than working, but still we had a great time! Below are pics of the artists et. al that descended on Tim and Annie in Nantucket – L to R: Tim Thom, Annie Thom, Tom English, Shirle Wempner, Frank Hagel, Sara Walsh, Tom Gilleon, myself and Steve Oiestad.

We all took watercolors as it’s such a hassle to fly with oil paints and all that equipment, even though WC is not our medium, any of us! Still, in testimony to the fact that I really did paint there, are attached two WC – “Annie’s Tomatoes” and “Low Tide”, both 9×12. They stayed on Nantucket, as they should have!

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Red Parasol

As time draws near for the American Women Artists Show “Under a Vast Sky“ at the Tucson Desert Art Museum, I thought I would post my piece in the show, “Red Parasol”. This painting is an oil, 32×24.

I’ll try not to be too wordy in telling the story…The late 1800’s was a time of robust western American expansion. The remoteness of the region was eased by the arrival of railroads, and Tucson was the hub of that railroad expansion.

At that time in southern Arizona, there were people of many races living and working in all endeavors. The Chinese parasol is indicative of outside influence on the Native peoples during that time. They could well have traded for something like the parasol in what was the melting pot of early Tucson citizenry.

I enjoy painting imagined stories when thinking about potential interactions as Native Americans traded with other tribes and other peoples during this period of influx and settlement of the west.

Under a Vast Sky” opens October 13 and runs through December 3, 2017. (My apologies for the redundancy if I also send you a flier!)

#AWATucson, #oilpainting, #figurative, #portrait, #Tucson, #oldtucson, #Tucsondesertartmuseum

Posted in American Women Artists National Juried Competition, Native American, Tucson Desert Art Museum

Heart on Your Sleeve

This business of being an artist is a “heart on your sleeve” type thing, so it’s wonderful to get some validation from time to time. I was just notified that two of my paintings were accepted in the National Oil And Acrylic Painters Society (NOAPS) Holiday Small Works Show! YEAH! The show will be held at the Cathy Kline Gallery in Parkville, MO. and will run from Nov. 13 through Dec. 30, 2017. Thank you NOAPS and Cathy Kline Gallery!

My two paintings on their way to the show in November are:

“U-Turn” 9×12 oil on board

“Dinghies” 11×14 oil on board

Posted in Landscape, National Oil & Acrylic Painters Society Holiday Small Works Show, Waterscape

Bears everywhere

As usual, summer has been a whirlwind, and I haven’t made many posts. I did these two paintings this summer, inspired by the huge bear grass bloom in Glacier Park in early summer. It was amazing! Little did we know that the park and much of Montana would be on fire shortly thereafter.

For both of those reasons, I’m really glad I did these paintings that celebrated the bloom. They are each 12″ x 12″ and are for sale at Frame of Reference Gallery in Whitefish, MT.

The grizzly is called “Grizzly in the Bear Grass” and the black bear is simply called “Bear Grass”.

Posted in Animals, Frame of Reference Fine Art

Water is Life

This title has very real meaning to me now during this extremely hot and dry summer on the ranch. Water is Life. It is everything. Without it, we are NOT.

This painting is part of the show “Dissent” at Sparrow Gallery in Sacramento. I believe the show runs through August. I’m thrilled to have been asked to participate!

“Dissent” is an oil on board, 48×30.

Posted in Figurative, Native American

Thanks Frame of Reference!

I am shouting out a huge thank you to Frame of Reference Fine Art for selling four of my paintings in the past few weeks! Thanks so much, all of you! I’ll post pics of the first two tonight.

The lovely brunette is “Clara Belle” and the still life is called “A Bowl of Birds and a Bison”.
#frameofreferencefineart, #paintingsofanimals #stilllifes #cows #bison #birds

Posted in Animals, Art Galleries, Frame of Reference Fine Art, Still Life

Art Walk in Whitefish

We had a fun evening last Thursday for the Gallery Walk event at Frame of Reference Gallery in Whitefish. Featured were myself, Frank Hagel and Jack Lyons. There were lots of people in attendance, the gallery looked great, and I sold a few paintings in the next few days! Thanks so much Derek, Tula and Julie! Oh, my paintings and Jack Lyons woodwork are visible on the right side of this picture.

Posted in Frame of Reference Fine Art

Always Paddle Your Own Canoe

I was surfing the web, looking for ideas for a title for my canoe painting and found this. Sounds like good advice to me! “Love many, trust a few, and always paddle your own canoe.” This was attributed to a bumper sticker, so I can’t credit the author. Anyway, I’ve titled my painting “Always Paddle Your Own Canoe”, 24×24 oil.
Please join me Thursday night at Frame of Reference Gallery in Whitefish, MT. for Gallery night. I’ll be in good company with other artists Frank Hagel and Jack Lyons. #frameofreferencefineart #fineart #contemporaryart #waterscape

Posted in Frame of Reference Fine Art, Waterscape


I’ve had a terrible time with cameras lately. It’s been quite frustrating! Maybe it’s time for a new one? But finally, I managed to get a good shot of this piece. I like this painting, “Wellspring”. It’s 24 x 24, an oil on board, and I sold it on Sunday at the Iron Horse Summer Art Social in beautiful Whitefish, MT.

Posted in Waterscape

Laurie Stevens

Current or Recent Events & Shows

National Oil & Acrylic Painters Society Holiday Small Works Show, Nov. 13 – Dec. 30, 2017

Under a Vast Sky, the 2017 AWA Annual Master and Signature Members Show & National Juried Exhibition, at the Tucson Desert Art Museum, Oct 13 – Dec. 3, 2017

“Dissent” Show at Sparrow Gallery, Sacramento, CA. July 1 – August, 2017

“Gallery Night” at Frame of Reference Fine Art in Whitefish, MT.,July 6, 2017

Iron Horse Summer Art Social, Whitefish, MT. June 25, 2017

“First Strike Auction” March 17, 2017 C.M. Russell Museum

2016 – Portrait Society of American Members Only Competition Winner – Landscape Division

“Back to Basics” Painting Workshop in Big Sky, MT. – October 28-30, 2016

“2016 Annual AWA Member Show & National Juried Exhibition” – Sept. 23 to Nov. 14, 2016

“Summer Art Social” at Iron Horse, Whitefish, MT. – June 25, 2016

“Montana Painters Alliance Show” at the Hockaday Museum of Art in Kalispell, MT. June 30, 2016 – August 31, 2016.

I’m teaching a workshop called “Back to Basics: Considerations for Every Painter” at the C. M. Russell Museum in Great Falls, MT., April 29 – May 1, 2016

“Auction for the Arts” at Lone Mountain Ranch in Big Sky, MT. March 24, 2016

“Out West Art Show & Sale” at the Heritage Inn, Great Falls, MT. March 16-19, 2016

Guest Artist at Altamira Fine Art, Scottsdale, AZ., 2015

“Traveling the West Art Show & Sale” at Southwest Gallery, Dallas, TX. – October 23-24, 2015

“Boots Required!” at Bella Muse Gallery, Ogden, UT. – July 3 – August 31, 2015

“Summer Art Social” at Iron Horse, Whitefish, MT. – June 30, 2015

The Dana Gallery “Icons of the West” Show, May 15 – June 30,, 2015

The Russell Live Auction, Mansfield Convention Center, Great Falls, MT., Saturday, Mar. 21, 2015

Booth Western Art Museum “For the Love of Art Gala & Art Auction” – February 21, 2015

Altamira Fine Art “Art 2 Art Show”, Jackson, WY. – mid December, 2014 – January 1, 2015

Tom Gilleon & Laurie Stevens – 2 person show hosted by Altamira Gallery of Jackson, WY. and Creighton Block Gallery of Big Sky, MT., July1 – 18, 2014

National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum “Small Works, Great Wonders” Show, Oklahoma City, OK. – Nov. 15 – Dec. 1, 2013

About Me

Stevens’ work reflects the small daily wonders of the land she calls home: the first crocus of spring, the resilient beauty of the plains, or that special sense of hope and possibility that is only found in the West. Stevens is also interested in regional history, particularly the interactions of Native Americans and white settlers during the Reservation Period. Many of her paintings are an exploration of this dynamic and a meditation on the “taming of the West.” From Billings, MT, Laurie began her career as an artist in Los Angeles where she spent 12 years working for the entertainment industry as a scenic artist and muralist for television, theme park, theater and movie productions. She spent time as a member of the Walt Disney Imagineering team, lending her talents to many Disney theme park projects worldwide. She also did some set design, illustration, and matte paintings for several animated childrens’ movies. In the 1980’s Stevens returned to her native Montana, first to the mountains near the Scapegoat Wilderness and then to the ranch near Great Falls where she currently lives and works.


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