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Friends and fellow artists Stephanie Palaygi and Christine Pierce are honoring the ordinary objects that enhance our lives.

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'Ordinary' on view at Wellness A collaboration between Montana artists Stephanie Palaygi and Christine Pierce, "Honoring the Ordinary," celebrates the everyday; those ordinary objects and gifts that support and enhance our lives.

"Honoring The Ordinary" opened May 2, and runs through July at The Wellness Center, 19 North 25th, Billings. Call 896-9000 for information.

Objects like sculptural forms from Pierce's winter wood supply or Palaygi's hand painted photograph of her kitchen sink. "Honoring the Ordinary" highlights the simplicity and beauty of everyday objects whose form and simple elegance often go unnoticed.

Rockwell art showcases master's look at Scouting The Yellowstone Art Museum will feature a traveling exhibit of Norman Rockwell paintings, for a brief run at the YAM next weekend.

The Norman Rockwell Endowment Art Tour has scheduled a stop in Billings May 22-25 as part of a nine-city national tour promoting the Boy Scouts of America.

First Interstate Bank has agreed to pay all museum admission fees for the exhibit's first two days. The paintings are kept on display at the National Scouting Museum in Irving, Texas.

Displays of work by other artists and a collection of Scout memorabilia will also be featured.

Rockwell held his first and only salaried job with the Boy Scouts from 1913 to 1916 and continued his association with scouting for 64 years with frequent paintings about the youth organization. His paintings have been praised by art lovers and Americans from all walks of life for their affectionate, detailed look at American life.

Colt show shares legacy of a legend CODY, Wyo. - The Buffalo Bill Historical Center's major exhibit of the summer, "Colt: The Legacy of a Legend," will open today.

More than 800 historic Colt firearms and several hundred accessories will be displayed according to a variety of themes exploring the history and artistry of the world's most famous firearms and the life and times of their innovative creator, Samuel Colt. The exhibit will remain open through early October.

"Colt: The Legacy of a Legend" is the most historically significant exhibit of Colt firearms during the past 100 years, according to Interim Curator Warren Newman of the Historical Center's Cody Firearms Museum.

"With a proud colt as his trademark, Sam Colt made his name and his guns international legends," Newman says. "They still are - more than 140 years after his death."

About 100 lenders from the Colt Collectors Association, additional private collectors and several museums have contributed pieces.

ranging from classic early revolvers and beautifully embellished firearms to machine guns from the World Wars and the modern M-16.