Prester John

13 Oct

What do you do during the Holy Crusade when your kingdom is threatened by potential Muslim invasion? You call upon the help of a mythical Christian priest/king of course. That was the case in the 1100s. When relations got tense, and the Turks threatened to invade the Crusader Kingdoms under the leadership of Imad ad-din […]

The Pig War of 1859

22 Sep
Political Cartoon depicting the Pig War.

Not only are pigs a great source of food, they can also be a great source of trouble. Take for instance the Pig War that started in the mid-1800s. The incident was centered around the Treaty of 1846. As it happened, there were land disputes between the United States and Great Britain concerning the land that lay west […]

Audrey Hepburn Proves a Silk Scarf is the Perfect Gift for any Woman!

15 Sep

At Great River Arts, we are known for maps. We make beautiful, custom, hand painted historical maps featuring locations around the globe. We also produce custom maps of various sizes, according to the order placed. However, now we also produce custom silk scarves. That’s right, the same beautiful maps and locations featured on Great River […]

Silk Charmeuse Scarves and Fusion Scarf Design

04 Sep

Some Fast Facts about our amazing scarves…. The ink used for the charmeuse scarves is called HDR (high dynamic range) pigments. These inks have been tested to last over 200 years. We recommend hand washing and steam ironing the scarves. Donnalee Dunne, our printer,  is an artist and retired faculty from the California State University Fresno who and taught computer […]

Introducing…The Vault

27 Aug
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Lisa and the team at Great River Arts are thrilled to finally have a way for you to explore her unpublished maps! These are maps Lisa has restored and found great potential in, but hasn’t had the chance to paint them. Please browse and let us know if you have any questions. If one speaks […]

All New Wallpaper Murals!

27 Aug

  We are so pleased to partner with one of the best printers of quality wallpaper available in the US!  You can order directly from the manufacturer using Lisa’s designs. To Order your free sample you can email Lisa at or call us at 406-471-7563! 1) Select your map design 2) Measure your wall allowing […]