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Three paintings uniquely connected to Chinook


August 19, 2020

Dawn Overcast stands next to a small mural painted by Chinook artist Evelyn Cole. Cole, a friend of the Harwoods who once owned the house on Illinois Street in Chinook, to use the basement for her studio during an especially hot summer. Cole signed her art with a smaller horse's head and always dated the work when completed.

Evelyn Cole did art in Chinook most of her adult life and is likely best known for her sculpture of famed western artist Charlie Russell (rejected as Montana's entry for the Hall of Statuary in the U.S. Capitol because Russell was sculpted wearing a hat). Cole did paintings, sculptures and unique pieces including two tents she decorated for local girls who attended the first ever national Girl Scout Senior Roundup in 1956. Evelyn Cole died in 1984.

While working on a story about the mural painted on the wall of Kuhr Clothing, someone asked if I knew about the small mural painted by Evely...

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