The 32nd Montana Cowboy Poetry Gathering has selected an original bronze, “Evening in the Bunkhouse,” by Steven E. Lillegard, award-winning bronze artist from Stanford, MT as it’s official 2017 logo. The beautiful dye cut collectible pin of “Evening in the Bunkhouse” sports an impression of Lillegard’s memorable work of art: a cowboy, strumming guitar with his faithful dog at his feet.
Wearers of the pin-pass will enjoy admission to over 50 hours of cowboy poetry and western music on Friday and Saturday, Aug. 18 and 19 at the Day Headquarters, Fergus High School. The pin also provides admission to the Jam ‘n Dance, Friday night at Pine Lodge (Elks Golf Club) and Cowboy Church Sunday morning at Celebration Community Fellowship Church.
The pins are available now at Don’s Store in Lewistown along with tickets for the Thursday evening “Welcome Chuck Supper & Talent Showcase” at Jack’s Hanger and the Saturday night Grand Stage Show at the Fergus Center for the Performing Arts starring songsters, DAVE STAMEY and Mary Kaye.
Steven Lillegard, one of Montana’s most outstanding bronze artists is no stranger to Lewistown. His bigger-than-life sculpture in the Community Labyrinth Garden has long been a source of joy and pride for Central Montana. Lillegard’s favorite subjects depict western life, wildlife, children and First Nation People.
Lillegard was raised in the Moccasin-Stanford area of Central Montana. As a youth he showed a remarkable propensity for art. His mother and teachers encouraged him. He loved visiting national museums and art galleries with his family and developed a keen sense of artistic aptitude. Lillegard attended Montana State University where he majored in Fine Arts.
In 1981, Lillegard returned to Stanford where he built his studio and foundry and began casting his legendary bronzes. Lillegard raised his son and daughters in Stanford and resides there with his wife, Jeanne. Steven E. Lillegard, Studio & Foundry, P.O. Box 88, Stanford, MT, 59479, 406-566-2552, email@example.com.
Steven Lillegard and his bronze, “Evening in the Bunkhouse” will be honored at the Welcome Chuck and Talent Showcase on Thursday evening, August 17th at Jack’s Hanger. A collection of Steven’s bronzes will also be displayed at the Day Headquarters of the 32nd Gathering at Fergus High School on Friday and Saturday, August 18 and 19, in the consignment book/music store.