Milestones May 1997

Dan and Elaine May southwest art
Dan and Elaine May

In Memoriam

Texas painter Nancy Sage Marabella, 49, died suddenly February 17 in her hometown of Bossier City, LA. Marabella was a member of Art Focus XC [swa nov 96] and had exhibited her work at the Women Artists of the West 4th International Juried Show, Biloxi, MS. She also maintained an active teaching studio in Dallas.


The May Gallery at El Pedregal, Scottsdale, AZ, hosted a reception on January 25 in honor of the 25th anniversary of the May Galleries. Owners Dan and Elaine May were joined by more than 300 collectors, gallery staff members and artists.

The fifth annual Coors Western Art Show in Denver, CO, January 9-26, sold more than $120,000 in artwork. Some 450 people attended the opening-night reception, and overall attendance topped out at 40,000.

Camp Dog by Howard Terpning painting southwest art.
Camp Dog by Howard Terpning

More than 400 people attended Settlers West Galleries’ American Miniatures sale in Tucson, AZ, on February 1, which sold 175 artworks. Among them was Howard Terpning’s Camp Dog, an 8-by-14-inch oil, which was sold by silent bid for $28,610.

Mr. and Mrs. Meredith Long, gallery owners and philanthropists, have donated a sculpture by Elie Nadelman to the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX. Tango, a wood sculpture considered one of Nadelman’s masterpieces, is the first work by this 20th-century artist in the museum’s collection. The donation was announced at a groundbreaking ceremony for the new Audrey Jones Beck Building, which will double the museum’s exhibition space when it opens near the turn of the century. Also announced was a gift of 18 works from the estate of Jackson Pollock, making the museum’s collection of his work among the most comprehensive in any public institution.

Arthur H. Wolf assumed directorship of the High Desert Museum, Bend, OR, in January. He is only the second president in the museum’s history, replacing founder Donald M. Kerr, who stepped aside last year due to illness. Wolf was formerly director of the Museum of the Rockies, Bozeman, MT.

Bucking Bronco by Buckeye Blake
Bucking Bronco by Buckeye Blake

AriZona Beverages is selling signed, limited-edition prints and posters of Nevada artist Buckeye Blake’s painting of a cowboy on a bucking bronco, which appears on bottles of their new Strawberry Banana Colada. All proceeds will be donated to the International Society for the Protection of Mustangs and Burros, dedicated to the preservation and protection of free-roaming horses and burros.

Show Results

Knickerbocker Artists Grand Signature Classic
Scottsdale, AZ, Feb. 1997 Awards:
Lynn Gertenbach (Poster Award)
Jan Mapes (Gold, Sculpture; Grand Award of Excellence)
Ned Mueller (Gold, Pastel)
Martha Pettigrew (Silver, Sculpture)
Judith Smith (Silver, Pastel)
Linda K. Smith (Gold, Oil)
Claire Schageven Verbiest (Silver, Watermedia)
Arne Westerman (Gold, Watermedia)
Walt Wooten (Silver, Oil)

PRCAA Showcase
Las Vegas, NV, Dec. 1996 Awards:
Tony Chytka (Second, Sculpture)
Jim Fain (First, Other Media)
Mille Funk (First, Oil; First, Sculpture; Third, Watercolor)
Dana Kelsey (First, Drawing)
Dave Price (Second, Drawing)
Dan Snider (Third, Drawing)
Jerry Valdez (Second, Other Media)
Jack Wells (First, Watercolor; Penny Onstott Memorial Award)
Patsi Wolfe (Second, Oil)
Western Spirit Art Show & Sale
Cheyenne, WY, Feb. 1997 Awards:
Guadalupe Barajas (Best Bronze)
Richard K. Jolley (Best Other Media)
Linda Lillegraven (Gallery Award)
Timothy David Mayhew (Best of Show, Best Oil, Gallery Award)
Martha Pettigrew (Gallery Award)
Jane Skaar (Best Watermedia)
Gail Sundell (Best Sculpture)
Dawn Weimer (Gallery Award)

Women Artists of the West 4th International
Juried Show
Biloxi, MS, Feb. 1997 Awards:
Pauline DeHaart Adams (First, Mixed Media)
Dorothy Barta (First, Pastel/Colored Pencil)
Chrys Cordivin (First, Watermedia)
Karen R. Livingston (First, Drawing)
Denise Meyers (First, Other Media)
Carolyn Raisig (Arthemise Blossman Award of Excellence)
Kim Shaklee (First, Sculpture)
Sharon “Dee” Shaughnessy (Second, Sculpture)
Arden Vincent (First, Oil)

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