- Associated Press - Monday, June 15, 2015

HELENA, Mont. (AP) - A symposium on the American West artist, Charlie Russell, has been in the works for the past year and is finally happening in Helena.

The Independent Record reports (https://bit.ly/1egDizB ) a group of Charlie Russell scholars will come together June 18-20 to admire and discuss the works of the Montana artist. The public can attend the talks for free.

Montana Historical Society outreach and interpretation program manager Kirby Lambert says the event will offer guests a unique opportunity to hear top speakers who are recognized nationally.

Lambert says Russell, who started out as a cowboy, helped to define how we think about the West before photography.

The event’s keynote speaker, Brian Dippie, will be among art historians, historic re-enactors and others shedding light on Russell’s heritage and legacy.

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Information from: Independent Record, https://www.helenair.com


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