The opening of a new exhibit at Tamástslikt Cultural Institute will feature a one-man performance of “Charlie’s Yarns.” Historian Raphael Cristy will perform Friday during a special Pepsi Primetime @ the Museum at 6:30 p.m. at Tamástslikt, 47106 Wildhorse Blvd., located near Wildhorse Resort &?Casino in Mission.

Seating is limited to the first 80 attendees during the free 60-minute performance. Cristy, who has been highly acclaimed across the nation, portrays Charles M. Russell. The famed sculptor-painter, who was said to be shy among strangers, was known as a brilliant storyteller when spinning yarns among friends.

Cristy has performed “Charlie’s Yarns” since 1976, finding that modern audiences enjoy the same tales as were told 100 years ago. Stories are accompanied by visuals of Russell’s paintings and sculptures.

The exhibit, Charles M. Russell: Master of Western Art, examines the life of Charles M. Russell (1864-1926) as a painter, sculptor, illustrator, and writer through objects from the permanent collection of the C.M. Russell Museum in Great Falls, Mont.

The exhibit showcases Russell’s life and artworks — featuring framed photographs, bronze sculptures, framed reproduction prints, illustrated calendars, illustrated books and a framed, illustrated letter and newspaper clipping. It emphasizes his life and his career and evolution as an artist.

Russell completed approximately 4,000 works of art during his lifetime. He knew his subject matter intimately, setting the standard for many Western artists to follow.

The exhibit runs through Saturday, Oct. 27. Regular museum admission is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors 55 and older, free for those under 5 and $17 for a family of four. Family passes can be checked out at many area libraries. Tamástslikt is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. from April through September, and Monday through Saturdays October through March. For more information, go to www.tamastslikt.org or call 541-966-9748. To view information about the Russell exhibit, go to http://cmrussell.org.

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