The Cawdrey Gallery proudly hosts contemporary artists of the American West. The spirit of the West is as dynamic and diverse as ever, and we aim to showcase much more than just Western Art through a range of subject matter and mediums from sublimely painted vistas to animated sculptures. We facilitate and inspire fine art experiences with our collectors, artists, and community.

When gallery owner and artist Nancy Dunlop Cawdrey began painting in Montana about 25 years ago, she wanted to express how it really FELT living in Big Sky Country. Nancy along with her husband Steve and son Morgan, opened their first gallery in Bigfork, MT. In 2017 the gallery relocated to Whitefish and expanded to represent more than 20 artists working in over 10 different media.

Just as the presence of a young child can remind you of the wonder of the world, an artist will be struck by the light on a distant canola field, the deep purples of a thunderstorm rolling over the mountains, or the brilliant reflection of autumn leaves in a stream. Making art and experiencing art is about rediscovering the world, moment by moment, and our hope is that it invites us to linger and remain in that moment of awe. American Western art is not only about preserving a storied past—but it is also about capturing and reimagining our present.

Visit us at Cawdrey Gallery to see a large variety of original fine art and high quality reproductions all in one space. Be sure to also walk around charming downtown Whitefish, Montana, home to many talented artists including western photographers, western wildlife sculptors, unique ceramicists and potters, and a variety of contemporary fine artists.


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This is Big Sky Country, and the artwork reflects that.

The artists we represent exhibit an amazing scope of subject matter. Their work reflects places they have visited, from Italy to China and most places in between. They continue to master their craft. Our local artists live in an inspirational environment with Glacier National Park, the bucolic Flathead Valley and majestic Flathead Lake all only 30 minutes away. Whether they are using silk, watercolor, oil, woodblock printing, bronze, salvaged wood, or ceramics, the artists that Cawdrey Gallery represent are incredibly talented. Each has a unique style and we are honored to represent each one.

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206 Lupfer Avenue, Unit 102
Whitefish, Montana 59937

Open 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

(406) 730-8680


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Meet the Team

Nancy Dunlop Cawdrey

Co-Owner & Artist

The original namesake of our gallery, Nancy has been painting for over 40 years. Although silk painting is now her medium of choice, she continues to explore a variety of subjects in watercolor, oil and experimental media.

Steve Cawdrey


Steve graduated from Stanford University and has a M.Ed. from West Chester University. He has been with Nancy for fifty-two years. He manages the business side for the Cawdrey Gallery and Nancy Dunlop Cawdrey’s art career. He has been involved in the fine art industry for over thirty years and has extensive experience supporting numerous artists in the sale of their work and helping their careers. Steve has a son, Morgan, who has followed his mother in his own art career as well as becoming an Art Appraiser. Steve has two marvelous grandkids, Remy and Milo, who both love spending time with their ‘Nonna’ Nancy in her studio learning about painting and drawing like their father did from the age of four.

Madison Apple

Gallery Manager & Artist

Madison is a branding designer and fine artist born and raised in Whitefish, MT. He has a degree in Graphic Design from Columbia College Chicago accompanied with a life-long background in fine art. Outside of Cawdrey Gallery, Madison stays busy with his own branding design business, off-grid adventures in the mountains, gardening, cooking, and creating things in his home-studio.