By Bonnie Gangelhoff
The Coors Western Art Exhibit and Sale is a highlight of the winter show season. Celebrating its 20th year, the show continues to be “eclectic and broad and more contemporary in scope” than other shows, says curator Rose Fredrick. “By offering such a strong variety of work as well as a wide range of styles, we are able to show people that western art is so much more than what they expected. It’s a living, breathing, vital form of art.”
In the following pages, you’ll meet seven of the show’s approximately 70 participating artists, see some of their new works, and learn more about these works. Then, see them for yourself in person: The show opens with the Red Carpet Reception on Wednesday, January 4. Also on the schedule that day is a luncheon and lecture featuring Hugh Hildesley, executive vice president of Sotheby’s, who will speak on the topic “What Price Art?” On Thursday, January 5, the Denver Art Museum’s Petrie Institute of Western Art presents its annual daylong symposium, which this year is titled “Lest We Forget California: Artists of the Golden West.” It’s all part of the WinterWest program. Find out more at www.nationalwestern.com.
Featured in January 2012.