Saturday, 14 April 2012

#210 In the field: Gilcrease Rendezvous Reunion

The Gilcrease Museum, located in Tulsa, Oklahoma, continues to honor the legacy of its founder, Thomas Gilcrease, by supporting contemporary artists 
who paint and sculpt images of the American West. Since 1980, Gilcrease has showcased America's most prominent artists by choosing two artists annually - typically a painter and a sculptor -  and exhibiting their work in a retrospective; 
my work was exhibited at the world-renowned museum in 1998 with the painter, Steve Hanks. Some of the illustrious artists, such as Joe Beeler, Eric Sloane, Wilson Hurley, Frank McCarthy, Bettina Steinke, Fritz White, Morris Rippel, 
Hollis Williford, Tom Ryan, Paul Calle, Chen Chi, James Reynolds, and 
Bob Kuhn are no longer with us. I knew them all and I miss them.  

This year's Rendezvous Reunion features 35 former Rendezvous artists during an exhibition and sale that opened last night and will continue through July 15, 2012. Today, I've posted images from the gala event that includes pictures of some of the artists in attendance.

At right I am with friend, fellow Tulsa-native and one of the founding members 
of the Cowboy Artists of America, Gordon Snidow; Rendezvous artist in 1981.

5 sculptors, John Coleman, Sandy Scott, 
Doug Hyde, Edward Fraughton and Gerald  Balciar 

Opening Panarama

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