Montana is brimming with art and literary talent, both past and present day. From pioneers who kept journals and sent letters back east to established novelists who make their home in Montana, the literary tradition is a great source of pride to Montanans. A state that can ll a 1,150 page bestselling anthology with its literature is impressive and bespeaks of a tradition worth noting. The Last Best Place chronicles the literary history of Montana, from Native American stories to modern cowboy poetry.
Art walks and displays are commonplace and rural cafes will often sell local arts and crafts, from homemade pottery to mountain scenes painted on old barn boards. One of the more famous artists is the Montana painter Charlie Russell who began sketching in bars and around campres. His studio in Great Falls is now the Charles Russell Memorial Museum.