Independence Day Week - Montana State Capitol Urban Paint-out

In Honor of Independence Day Week - Montana State Capitol Urban Paint-out - Sunday Painter Plein Air Event


In honor of Independence Day Week in America... Get ready to Draw and Paint Montana's historic, beautiful State Capitol building in Helena, MT.


SUNDAY, JULY 1, 2018, 1pm to 4pm
MONTANA STATE CAPITOL
1301 East Sixth Avenue, Helena, MT 59601


Sunday Painter will meet in the parking lot just adjacent to the building. There are also two sculptures located at the Montana Historical Society across the street which can be drawn/painted in addition to the Capitol Building.

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Charlie Russell's Painting in the House of Representatives
The State Capitol building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The building is made of Montana sandstone and granite. Construction took place between 1899 and 1902. The wing-annexes were added later, between 1909 and 1912.

The Montana State Capital is home to one of the largest pieces of artwork ever made by Montana’s legendary Western Artist, Charles M. Russell. His 1912 painting “Lewis and Clark Meeting the Flathead Indians at Ross’ Hole” measures 25 feet long by 12 feet high. It hangs above the Speakers chair in the House of Representatives chamber.

The selection of the building’s design has an interesting history…
In 1896 a contest was held for the design of the Montana State Capitol building. George R. Mann’s design won the contest. However, concerns that the Capitol Commission planned to con money from the costly project led to disbanding of the first Commission and the forming of a second Capitol Commission.

The second Commission dismissed Mann’s design as too costly and held a second contest in 1897. A design by Charles Emlen Bell and John Hackett Kent, of Bell & Kent of Council Bluffs, Iowa won the second contest and the design team moved their offices to Helena for the project.

Although Mann’s design was never used for the Montana State Capitol, his design was selected and used as the basic design for the Arkansas State Capitol.

As always... 

-There is no charge for attending this Sunday Painter outing. Donations are appreciated and gratefully accepted to help us continue to put on these events.

-Please bring your own supplies to Sunday Painter paint-outs. Supplies are not provided to attendees, sorry.

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