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A legacy of Western art burgeons in Bozeman A cove in the west wall of Legacy Gallery with bronzes by John Coleman, and paintings by R.S. Riddick, William Ahrendt, Gary Lynn Roberts and David Mann. PHOTO COURTESY OF LEGACY GALLERY

BY TYLER ALLEN EXPLORE BIG SKY ASSOCIATE EDITOR

BOZEMAN – A new business on Bozeman’s Main Street showcases the work by many top contemporary Western artists. Legacy Gallery opened the doors to its nearly 4,000-square-foot space on Nov. 27, and features representational cowboy, Native American, landscape, wildlife and sporting art, bringing a tradition of more than two decades of art sales from Scottsdale, Ariz. and Jackson, Wyo. to southwest Montana.

$650 when he was 16 years old. He spent all the money he made landscaping that summer on the painting, after buying a rifle and shotgun with his previous summer’s earnings. His folks thought he was crazy. Jones, 55, moved to Bozeman part-time to open the new gallery, and he still has the painting. “When my parents come to dinner [now], I look up at that painting and say,

‘Hmm, I wonder where that rifle and shotgun are.’” Between the three galleries, Legacy now represents more than 100 artists, and Jones says there’s a geographical difference in what type of art patrons seek. In Scottsdale, collectors pursue more figurative work, landscapes and cityscapes, where

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Legacy has hosted the single-day Scottsdale Art Auction the first Saturday in April for the last nine years; it grossed more than $27 million in just the past two. With a growing number of Montana clients, recent changes in the art market in Bozeman, and a continuing uptick in home construction and real estate sales, the timing was right to make the plunge into downtown Bozeman.

“We’ve been interested in the Bozeman market for an additional gallery for about eight years,” said Legacy owner Brad Richardson, who opened the Scottsdale gallery with his wife Jinger 26 years ago, and the Jackson space two years later. Scott Jones, general manager of the galleries, bought his first piece of art – a Richard Van Wagoner watercolor – for

General manager of Legacy galleries Scott Jones and Sales Associate Angela Prond pose next to Walter Matia’s bronze A Point of Honor. PHOTO BY TYLER ALLEN

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