It was a new America’s loss that Lewis and Clark didn’t have an artist with them on their epic journey west in 1804-06.

But that didn’t stop later painters and sketchers from depicting the expedition, correctly or otherwise.

Hal Stearns, long-time Missoula teacher and historian, returns to the Lolo Community Center at 7 p.m. Thursday for a talk titled “Perspectives of Lewis and Clark Art.”

“I’m going to look at the art – the good and bad, accurate and questionable,” Stearns said. “And some of the art is funny, silly and downright wrong. I will share my take.”

He’ll focus his presentation on, among others, Montana artists such as Charlie Russell, Edgar S. Paxson, Charles Fritz, Bob Morgan and J.K. Ralston.

The monthly program is sponsored by the Travelers’ Rest Chapter of the Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation. It's free and open to the public.