The Life of Charles Russell

The Life of Charles Russell
An audio/video presentation by Randy Rieman

Saturday, March 3, 10:00 – 11:30 AM
Marshall Auditorium, Sul Ross State University

$5 donation benefits the Museum of the Big Bend


Charles Marion Russell arrived in Montana in 1880 and found work on the open range as a horse wrangler. Charlie was developing his incredible artistic talent even before he arrived in Montana, but it was in Montana where Charlie’s genius blossomed. By 1904 Charlie was the most celebrated western artist in history chronicling the west in his sketches oil paintings watercolors and sculpture. From 1885 until his death in 1926 Charlie wrote hundreds of beautifully illustrated letters to his friends. These letters are more than visual delights, they are a window into the heart of the man who was known as the “Cowboy Artist” Charles M. Russell … arguably the greatest western artist of all time.

 A selection of these letters will be read by Randy Rieman while the accompanying art work is displayed on screen. Randy will give a little relevant background about each letter—who the recipient was and when it was written etc…, but most of the information will come straight from Charles M. Russell, an eye witness speaking with great humor and insight into the west that has passed.