The QuickFinish was started as a method of raising public awareness and funds for different non-profit organizations. In the beginning, birds were used as models with artists doing quick sketches and using a portion of the proceeds to help the supplying organization care for the birds.
At the time the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center was being constructed, the Western Heritage Artists became affiliated with the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Association. The members of the Lewis and Clark Honor Guard were used as models and a portion of the money raised from the auctioned works was donated to the Association.
The QuickFinish and Auction are held Thursday evening of the show. The artists are given 45 minutes to produce an original work of art of their choice in any medium. The completed works are then presented for auction by Ross H. Fitzgerald. This is an excellent way for the public to obtain some nice original art and to support the Lewis and Clark Foundation.
The Western Heritage artists have also held shows and performed quick sketches during the Lewis and Clark Festival at the Interpretive Center.
Tickets for this event go on sale March 1st and can be purchased at Hoglunds, Kaufmans downtown, or at Wild Out West in the Holiday Village Mall.