Exhibit: Ed Craney—the Voice of Montana

Olaf Seltzer Artwork

Ed Craney first met Olaf C. Seltzer in 1946 when he commissioned Seltzer to create a drawing for the new Great Falls radio station, KXLK. Thus began a lifelong relationship between the artist and the Craneys.  Over the years Seltzer produced many pieces of art created specifically for Ed and Connie Craney. 

Black Eagle Falls of the Missouri

Olaf Seltzer

Black Eagle Falls of the Missouri
Print, Ink on Paper, undated
Ed Craney Collection
Gift of the Greater Montana Foundation

Wagon Train

Olaf Seltzer

Wagon Train
Oil on Canvas, undated
Ed Craney Collection
Gift of the Greater Montana Foundation

Mountain Lion

Mountain Lion
Watercolor on Paper, undated
Ed Craney Collection
Gift of the Greater Montana Foundation
One of six watercolors which Craney did not purchase directly from the artist. They are originally part of the Mint Bar collection.

Moose

Olaf Seltzer

Moose
Watercolor on Paper, undated
Ed Craney Collection
Gift of the Greater Montana Foundation
One of six watercolors which Craney did not purchase directly from the artist. They are originally part of the Mint Bar collection.

Wolf

Olaf Seltzer

Wolf
Watercolor on Paper, undated
Ed Craney Collection
Gift of the Greater Montana Foundation
One of six watercolors which Craney did not purchase directly from the artist. They are originally part of the Mint Bar collection.

Deer

Olaf Seltzer

Deer
Watercolor on Paper, undated
Ed Craney Collection
Gift of the Greater Montana Foundation
One of six watercolors which Craney did not purchase directly from the artist. They are originally part of the Mint Bar collection.

Elk

Olaf Seltzer

Elk
Watercolor on Paper, undated
Ed Craney Collection
Gift of the Greater Montana Foundation
One of six watercolors which Craney did not purchase directly from the artist. They are originally part of the Mint Bar collection.

Antelope

Olaf Seltzer

Antelope
Watercolor on Paper, undated
Ed Craney Collection
Gift of the Greater Montana Foundation
One of six watercolors which Craney did not purchase directly from the artist. They are originally part of the Mint Bar collection.

Untitled (Bison and Wolves)

Olaf Seltzer

Untitled (Bison and Wolves)
Watercolor & Gouache on Paper, undated
Ed Craney Collection
Gift of the Greater Montana Foundation

Scout

Olaf Seltzer

Scout
Watercolor on Paper, 1848
Ed Craney Collection
Gift of the Greater Montana Foundation

Seltzer sold Medicine Man and Scout to Mrs. Craney who purchased them as gift for her husband. The purchase price was fifty dollars each. In a letter accompanying the paintings, Seltzer wrote to Mrs. Craney detailed instructions on how the paintings should hang and how they should be framed.  "... the riders facing one another, and would look fine one on each side of the big Oil (referring to the painting The Watering Hole, which the Craneys previously purchased from Seltzer). And he added, “A delicate pattern in dull gold and not more than one inch wide, would make a nice frame. ¾ inch I think would even better, for a to [sic] heavy frame on a watercolor has a tendency to kill the whole setting”

Indians at Watering Hole

Olaf Seltzer

Indians at Watering Hole
Oil on Linen, undated
Ed Craney Collection
Gift of the Greater Montana Foundation

Indians at Watering Hole was painted specifically for Ed Craney by Seltzer.

Medicine Man

Olaf Seltzer

Medicine Man
Watercolor & Pencil on Paper, 1948
Ed Craney Collection
Gift of the Greater Montana Foundation

Untitled (Winter Scene with Horses and Cabin)

Olaf Seltzer

Untitled (Winter Scene with Horses and Cabin)
Watercolor & Gouache on Artist Board, 1949
Ed Craney Collection
Gift of the Greater Montana Foundation

This painting was purchased from Seltzer in 1949 and was copied and printed into the Craneys’ Christmas card for that year.