Magazine article Southwest Art

Western Visions Show & Sale: National Museum of Wildlife Art, September 9-October 9

Magazine article Southwest Art

Western Visions Show & Sale: National Museum of Wildlife Art, September 9-October 9

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COLLECTORS WHO love wildlife subject matter, and anyone for whom nature's creatures strike a chord, is well advised to head to Jackson's National Museum of Wildlife Art this month. That's where, for the 29th consecutive time in the museum's 29-year history, top animal artists converge to showcase and sell their works in the institution's largest annual fundraiser, Western Visions.

This show kicks off on Friday, September 9, from 3 to 5 p.m. with a preview and reception. Guests can peruse the 200 or so paintings, sculptures, and drawings on sale. Each of the 77 invited artists submits up to three pieces-a medium-size work, a miniature, and a drawing. Festivities continue the following week with two ticketed evening events, which many of the artists attend: an Artists Party on Thursday,

September 15, from 6 to 9 p.m., at which guests can meet the artists, view their work, and submit intent-to-purchase slips; and the show and sale on Friday from 5 to 8 p.m., which includes the final opportunity to put your name in the box before the sale closes and buyers' purchase slips are drawn.

The show includes works by such venerated names as Len Chmiel, Gerald Balciar, and Donna Howell-Sickles. "[But] even entry-level collectors can find reasonable price points, with prices for some sketches as low as around $400," notes Amy Goicoechea, the museum's director of programs and events.

Goicoechea enthuses about the international range of the show, noting contributions from sculptor Richard Loffler and painter Ron Kingswood, both Canadians; Swedish painter Lars Jonsson; and Britons Nicola Hicks and Simon Gudgeon. …

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