We are the Jay Contway Art Show

For 35 years Jay Contway brought a unique blend of artists and craftsmen to Western Art Week in Great Falls through the Jay Contway Art Show. Joined by his wife Lynn in 1995, together they created a distinctive brand which not only compliments The Russell, it supports the C.M. Russell Museum. The show remains true to the cowboy traditions.

It is the annual gathering of friends at the Jay Contway Art Show that excited Jay, it is the unique work and the friendships developed that make this a legacy—a legacy Jay wanted to continue into the future!

The Jay Contway Art Show, a legacy built by Jay and Lynn Contway to continue and grow with new and old friends!

We’re Back!


August 19-21, 2021
Hilton Garden Inn
2520 14th Street SW · Great Falls, Montana
Thursday · Open 6pm to 8pm – Welcoming Event
Friday-Saturday · Open 9am to 8pm

Please contact us if you have any questions or just want to say hello.


Attending Artists

We are excited to present the work of 7 uncommon artists and craftsmen for you to experience and enjoy. New talent along with your favorites bringing you sculpture, oil painting, scratchboard, photography, watercolor, silk painting, jewelry, custom knives.

Click on each of the artist’s names below to learn more: 




















Original art also available from:

C.M. Russell · O.C. Setzer · Will James

Jay Contway loved a good story and he was the best at telling them. We would like to honor him by letting all of you tell your stories about Jay!

Please come to the Jay Contway Art Show and share your memories of this special man. A professional filmmaker will be setup during the art show and ready to record your stories, your tributes, and your unknown tales of mischief.Jay’s legacy deserves to be preserved for future generations. We will also welcome photographs or memorabilia which we could include in the video archive as well.

Filming will take place in a quiet room adjacent to the art show:

Thursday, Aug 19: 6pm–7:45pm
Friday, Aug 20: 10am–12pm, 2pm–5:45pm
Saturday, Aug 21: 10am–12pm, 2pm–5:45pm

For more information please contact Lynn Contway:
Canada: 403-994-1950
USA: 406-868-8684

Special Guest

After 3 years, 9500 miles, close to 200 pages, Jay Contway’s childhood friend, Paul Snyder finished his book! Meet Paul during the Jay Contway Art Show to get your very own autographed copy of “Make Mine a Ditch!” Beautiful Backbars Under the Big Sky.

A Relaxing Experience

Relax, grab a cup of coffee, take a deep breath, and click though each artist’s website to experience the Jay Contway Art Show up close and personal. Who knows, you might find that perfect treasure you didn’t know you were looking for.