American Women Artists is now accepting Associate Artist Members. Women who draw, paint, or sculpt in a representational style – whether with a contemporary or traditional approach – are welcome and encouraged to apply for membership. For details, please click on Join Us under Quick Links in the box to the right
It had been a fairly benign winter along the notorious I-80 in Wyoming until the night before we were scheduled to drive it. The morning of February 23, Bryan Wright sat in a large pickup at the gate in Cheyenne with a 15-foot long trailer carrying my 14-foot long sculpture, waiting for the closed freeway to open. When it finally did, through the blowing snow he could see a half dozen semis overturned by the side of the road between Cheyenne and Laramie. When the road between Loveland and Laramie opened, Mel and I headed out and passed another half dozen overturned trucks from Laramie to Elk Mountain. The previous night’s blizzard with 100-mile-an-hour wind gusts had taken its toll.
Over icy patches and blowing snow, we all arrived safely in Salt Lake City and when the next day dawned sunny and clear (though very cold), the 14′ by 5′ by 5′ sculpture consisting of 10 animals, a waterfall and a beehive was smoothly and successfully installed in 3 hours! A crew and a large forklift from the project contractors lifted the bronze off the trailer and up and over a section of the creek that runs through the entire 2-city-block “City Creek” redevelopment project, and then Bryan expertly located, drilled and epoxied mounting holes in the granite base and perfectly set the sculpture, exactly as I had envisioned it during my 2+ years working on this project.
On the drive back the next day we were chased the whole way by another blizzard, which actually caught up with us when we stopped for lunch in Rawlins, but we briefly braved near white-out conditions until we could out-run it once again. When we arrived home we checked and found out that I-80 was closed all the way across Wyoming. They must have been running along behind us closing it as we passed.
The client, City Creek Reserve Inc, is very pleased with their signature sculpture, and I am more than pleased and grateful to all of those who did such a great job helping to bring this project to fruition: Gary DuChateau for enlargement; Dan Ochs for mold making and wax pouring; Kathy Page for wax chasing; Dragon Castings for casting the bronze, Eric Mesplé for the formidable task of welding and chasing the 58 pieces of the puzzle into a beautiful finish; Patrick Kipper for the gorgeous patina; Bryan Wright for transport and installation; and my photographer, driver and all-around support system, husband Mel. THANK YOU ALL!
AWA Signature Member Commissioned for Presidential Portrait Miniatures
Rachelle Siegrist, AWA, and her husband, Wes, were recently commissioned by the
Woolaroc Museum in Bartlesville, OK to paint portrait miniatures of Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Hussein Obama. The Woolaroc, one of the Nation’s premiere western art museums, is one of a handful of museums nationwide with portrait miniature collections of U.S. Presidents. Their paintings will join collections started c. 1919 by the miniaturist, A. J. Rowell. While four sets of Rowell Presidential portrait miniatures are known to exist, only two institutions have had modern miniaturists add to them: the Woolaroc and the Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown, Ohio. rachellesiegrist
|Visions of the Southwest, an AWA exhibition of work of Master Signature and Signature members will open Nov. 3, 2012 at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum in Tucson. There will be a paint out on the museum grounds Saturday morning with all members, Master, Signature, and Associate invited to participate. museum|
We are pleased to announce our guest artists for the museum show: Nancy Bush, Jane De Decker, Gay Faulkenberry, Louisa McElwain, Joan Potter, Sherry Salari Sander, Linda Tippetts, and Star Liana York.
The annual gallery show–Master Signature and Signature Exhibit / Associate Members Competition–will be held simultaneously at the K Newby Gallery in Tubac, AZ. k newby gallery
Like us and Share us to stay in touch on FaceBook. And remember—to forward this email to a friend and have the links arrive intact, use the forward this email command at the bottom of the newsletter.
Vel Miller, Sherry Blanchard Stuart, Kim Casebeer, Joni Falk, Linda Glover Gooch, Carol Swinney, Liz Wolf and Linda Loeschen will all be exhibiting in the COWGIRL UP SHOW at the Desert Cabellero Western Museum inWickenburg, AZ, Mar 23 – May 6, 2012, 928-684-2272. Vel Miller will exhibit at the CATTLEMEN’S WESTERN ART SHOW & SALE as well, at the Paso Robles Event Center March 30 – April 1, 2012 (805) 234-4207 or 462-2810
Paula Holtzclaw will be exhibiting in The SCOTTSDALE SALON OF FINE ART at Legacy Gallery in Scottsdale, AZ. April 20-May 20, 2012, The SALON INTERNATIONAL 2012 hosted by Greenhouse Gallery in San Antonio, TX. April 14- May 4, 2012, as well as the WOMEN PAINTERS OF THE SOUTHEAST’s first annual Juried Membership Exhibition at the Corse Gallery in Jacksonville, Fl. April 28- May 26, 2012.
Joy Beckner’s “Merry Sunshine” earned “Best Entry Depicting a Golden Retriever” in the 26th Annual National Juried Fine Arts Competition, 2012 Art Show at the Dog Show, Wichita, KS. Joy is one of two featured artists in April at RS Hanna Gallery, Fredericksburg, TX. Her piece, “Siesta” SS received the Anna Hyatt Huntington Horses Head Award at the March Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club in NY. Congrats!
Kim Casebeer is offering a tuition discount exclusively to our new
Associate Artist members at her upcoming plein air workshop at the Flying W Ranch in the Flint Hills. Painting, lodging and meals will all be held at the Flying W Ranch area, allowing an art colony style environment in which to immerse for three days. Price includes lodging and all meals except Sat. night. Both oil and pastel accepted.
May 3-6, 2012 * Plein Air in the Flint Hills * Flying W Ranch, Cedar Point, KS * $475/person AWA Associate Artist price: $450. Call 785-409-8949 for more details.