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  • Quest for the West artist Robert Griffing

    by Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art | Aug 19, 2015

    Scenes from the old West will come to life in paintings and sculptures that will fill the galleries of the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, with the opening of the 10th annual Quest for the West® Art Show and Sale, Friday, Sept. 11, 2015. In one gallery, the only gallery like it in the state of Indiana, visitors can see and be the first to bid on millions of dollars in artwork from 50 coveted Western artists.  Meet Quest for the West Artist Robert Griffing.

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    Robert Griffing
    Born 1940, in Linesville, Pennsylvania; lives in Gibsonia, Pennsylvania

    GROWING UP IN HISTORY-RICH western Pennsylvania, Robert Griffing roamed the fields and shores of a nearby lake. Indian artifacts that he found during his wanderings led to his fascination with the region’s early history and Indian lore. Following 30 years as a commercial artist, which had refined the keen sense of design and composition that prepared him for his fine art career, Griffing turned to painting the Eastern Woodland Indians of the 18th century who had intrigued him as a youth.

    Today Griffing is known for his finely detailed and historically accurate portrayals of Native Americans living during America’s colonial period. A thorough researcher, he also gains a feeling for his subjects by participating in “living history” reenactments in which he and fellow re-enactors use only authentic gear and weapons. He has support of Native American groups, many of whom have shown his work in their museums and cultural centers.

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    The Finger Weaver
    2015, oil on linen, 40 x 50 inches

    The inspiration for the painting came from an incident in a letter written by Miss Anne Powell at Ft. Niagara as she toured the Great Lakes in 1785. She wrote of a young Native woman, “weaving a sort of worsted garment intermixed with beads. I suppose she was a lady of distinction, for her ears were bored in four different places, with ear rings in them all. She would not speak English, but seemed to understand what we said to her.”

    Notable Awards and Achievements:
    2013  
      Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, Quest for the West, Patrons’ Choice Award
    2013    Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, Quest for the West, Henry Farny Award for Best Painting
    2009    Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, Quest for the West, Artist of Distinction Award
    2008    Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, Quest for the West, Harrison Eiteljorg Purchase Award
    2008    Autry National Center, Masters of the American West, Purchase Award
    2006    Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, Quest for the West, Best Painting Award

    Publications:
    2003  
      The Art of Robert Griffing: His Journey Into the Eastern Frontier,    Paramount Press
    2000    The Art of Robert Griffing, by George Irvin, East/West Visions

    Gallery Representation:
    Settlers West Galleries, Tucson, Arizona
     

    WANT TO REGISTER FOR QUEST OPENING WEEKEND (SEPT. 11- 13)?

    Celebrate the best of the West and meet 50 of the nation's top Western-theme artists during the 10th anniversary opening weekend festivities for the Quest for the West® Art Show and Sale, Friday, Sept. 11 through Sunday, Sept. 13, 2015 at the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art in downtown Indianapolis, IN.

    Only registered guests may participate in opening weekend activities. Register now to join in the fun, make new friends, socialize with artists and seasoned and fledging art collectors, enjoy fine food and purchase art for your new or established art collection. For your convenience, four Marriott Place hotels are located directly across the street from the museum.

    Register to participate in opening weekend festivities by purchasing a weekend individual or couples package.  If you are unable to attend but wish to buy art, you may purchase an absentee buyer registration to participate in the sale. Absentee buyers must submit purchase instructions and a credit card number to the Eiteljorg Museum by Thursday, September 3, 2015.  Please check the Absentee Buyer box.

    •  WEEKEND INDIVIDUAL PACKAGE:
      $250 Member; $300 Non-member
    Package includes one Quest catalog and one bid book per registrant, plus participation for one in all Quest events.

    •  WEEKEND COUPLE PACKAGE:
    $450 Member; $500 Non-member
    Package includes one Quest catalog and one bid book per couple, plus participation for two in all Quest events.

    •  ABSENTEE BUYER OR PURCHASE OF ADDITIONAL BID BOOKS: $150/bid book
    Are you unable to attend the sale, but interested in purchasing art? Absentee buyers may participate in the sale by purchasing a bid book and catalog for $150. Additional bid books are available for $150 each. Limit three bid books per registrant. Absentee Buyer Instructions (Click to download)

    TERMS AND CONDITIONS FOR SALE (Click to download)

    For registration-related questions, or for credit card registration by phone, please contact Kay Hinds at (317) 275-1341 or e-mail khinds@eiteljorg.com. Your Quest catalog and bid books will be distributed when you check in at the registration desk on opening weekend.

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  • Quest for the West Artist Veryl Goodnight

    by Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art | Aug 17, 2015

    Scenes from the old West will come to life in paintings and sculptures that will fill the galleries of the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, with the opening of the 10th annual Quest for the West® Art Show and Sale, Friday, Sept. 11, 2015. In one gallery, the only gallery like it in the state of Indiana, visitors can see and be the first to bid on millions of dollars in artwork from 50 coveted Western artists.  Meet Quest for the West Artist Veryl Goodnight,

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    Veryl Goodnight
    Born 1947 in Denver, Colorado, lives in Mancos, Colorado

    WORKING FROM LIFE is what keeps Veryl Goodnight excited about her work, and what keeps her art from becoming repetitious. As a child she dreamed of having a horse and this desire became the impetus for her art. The subtle differences of each living being became her passion. Working outdoors near the horses, birds, and other animals is a benefit as she draws her inspiration from living things.

    From her acreage in Southwestern Colorado overlooking Mesa Verde National Park, Goodnight draws inspiration for her art from the dramatic scenery and the residents and animals of the area. Her work has evolved from depicting only animals to sculpting people and animals in harmony together. She is a sought after instructor of equine sculpture classes and workshops. Veryl was honored with a 40 yr. retrospective show at the Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in April of 2011. Back From the Brink, an over life-sized sculpture chronicling Mary Anne Goodnight bottle raising orphaned bison calves, was unveiled during the opening of the Goodnight Historical Center near Claude, Texas in October 2012.

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    Silent Passage
    2015, oil on linen, 24 x 36 inches

    The red fox is one of my favorite subjects. I have watched them right out my studio window on several occasions and captured them with the motion camera many times. They are small and despite coat colors that range from strawberry blonde to deep red, they always seem to blend into their surroundings. It is this elusive quality that I tried to capture - the need to look twice just to be sure your eyes aren’t tricking you - as this swift and nervous little canine slips through the forest.

    Notable Awards and Achievements:
    2011 
       Desert Caballeros Museum, Cowgirl Up!, Best of Show
    2011    Gilcrease Museum, Retrospective Exhibit
    2007    Back From the Brink, monument placed at Camp Tecumseh, Indiana, 2007, and the Museum of the Southwest, Midland, Texas, 2007
    2005    The Bronc, monument placed at The Wildlife Experience Museum, Denver, Colorado
    2002    No Turning Back, monument placed at University of Nebraska
    1997    The Day the Wall Came Down, 25% over life size, five horses jumping over crumbled pieces of the Berlin Wall to Freedom. Placed at the George H. Bush Presidential Library, 1997

    Memberships:
    Fellow of the National Sculpture Society, FNSS
    Northwest Rendezvous
    Society of Animal Artists

    Gallery Representation:
    Goodnight Trail Gallery in Mancos, Colorado
    Medicine Man Galleries in Santa Fe, New Mexico and Tucson, Arizona
    Trailside Galleries in Jackson Hole, Wyoming and Scottsdale, Arizona
    Whistle Pik Galleries in Fredericksburg, Texas
    www.verylgoodnight.com

    WANT TO REGISTER FOR QUEST OPENING WEEKEND (SEPT. 11- 13)?
    Celebrate the best of the West and meet 50 of the nation's top Western-theme artists during the 10th anniversary opening weekend festivities for the Quest for the West® Art Show and Sale, Friday, Sept. 11 through Sunday, Sept. 13, 2015 at the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art in downtown Indianapolis, IN.

    Only registered guests may participate in opening weekend activities. Register now to join in the fun, make new friends, socialize with artists and seasoned and fledging art collectors, enjoy fine food and purchase art for your new or established art collection. For your convenience, four Marriott Place hotels are located directly across the street from the museum.

    Register to participate in opening weekend festivities by purchasing a weekend individual or couples package.  If you are unable to attend but wish to buy art, you may purchase an absentee buyer registration to participate in the sale. Absentee buyers must submit purchase instructions and a credit card number to the Eiteljorg Museum by Thursday, September 3, 2015.  Please check the Absentee Buyer box.

    •  WEEKEND INDIVIDUAL PACKAGE:
      $250 Member; $300 Non-member
    Package includes one Quest catalog and one bid book per registrant, plus participation for one in all Quest events.

    •  WEEKEND COUPLE PACKAGE:
    $450 Member; $500 Non-member
    Package includes one Quest catalog and one bid book per couple, plus participation for two in all Quest events.

    •  ABSENTEE BUYER OR PURCHASE OF ADDITIONAL BID BOOKS: $150/bid book
    Are you unable to attend the sale, but interested in purchasing art? Absentee buyers may participate in the sale by purchasing a bid book and catalog for $150. Additional bid books are available for $150 each. Limit three bid books per registrant. Absentee Buyer Instructions (Click to download)

    TERMS AND CONDITIONS FOR SALE (Click to download)

    For registration-related questions, or for credit card registration by phone, please contact Kay Hinds at (317) 275-1341 or e-mail khinds@eiteljorg.com. Your Quest catalog and bid books will be distributed when you check in at the registration desk on opening weekend.

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  • Eiteljorg Video Series: Selecting And Ripening Fresh Produce

    by Samuel A. Merenda, Executive Chef at Kahn's Catering | Aug 12, 2015


    Kahn's Catering is the Eiteljorg's exclusive caterer. Please watch the video above to learn some great tips on how to select and ripen fresh produce from Chef Sam, Kahn's Executive Chef. Chef Sam also shares a delicious but simple and healthy salsa recipe below. Enjoy!

    Here is a simple and healthy salsa that goes great on just about anything from burgers to grilled fish or quesadillas. Even great on a southwestern style hot dog! 

    Eiteljorg’s Avocado Corn Summer Salsa

    • 1 ear of field fresh corn on the cob
    • 1 ripe avocado
    • 1 ripe heirloom tomato
    • 1 red bell pepper
    • ½ red onion
    • 1 lime (zested and juiced)
    • 2 tablespoon olive oil
    • 2 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro
    • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
    • ½ teaspoon pepper
    • 1 teaspoon cumin

    Slice the corn off of the cob using a sharp knife. Cooking the corn isn’t necessary. Dice the tomato, avocado, bell pepper, red onion and toss in a small mixing bowl with the remaining ingredients. Mix and serve the day of your next grill out.

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  • Quest for the West Artist John Fawcett

    by Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art | Aug 11, 2015

    Scenes from the old West will come to life in paintings and sculptures that will fill the galleries of the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, with the opening of the 10th annual Quest for the West® Art Show and Sale, Friday, Sept. 11, 2015. In one gallery, the only gallery like it in the state of Indiana, visitors can see and be the first to bid on millions of dollars in artwork from 50 coveted Western artists.  Meet Quest for the West Artist John Fawcett.

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    Born 1952, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa; lives in Clark, Colorado 

    ALTHOUGH HE WAS INTERESTED IN ART as a boy, John Fawcett pursued a career in veterinary medicine. The desire to paint was always there and, in 1996, after practicing for 20 years, he sold his hospital so that he could paint full time.

    A self-taught artist, Fawcett works in both watercolor and oil. “It depends on the subject matter,” he notes. “There is a certain softness and fluidness with watercolors, while oils provide rich color and textures and a buttery feeling.”

    Fawcett pursues his passion in the mountains of Colorado and the rolling hills of Pennsylvania with his wife Elizabeth and their horses and dogs. After decades spent studying and being inspired by his subjects, he focuses on the relationships between animals and people. “I want the viewer to be able to smell the horse, hear the hoof beats—to have all their senses taken in by in the painting.”

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    A Spoon Full of Sugar
    2015, oil, 20 x 24 inches
    Early settlers and homesteaders were eager to trade with the Plains tribes to obtain furs and buffalo hides, as well as to keep peace and offer unfamiliar goods that the Indians came to rely on and crave. Although the tribes were used to tea and coffee made from plants, the white man’s coffee was stronger and adding sugar to sweeten it pleased all.
     
    Notable Awards and Achievements:
    2014    Autry National Center, Masters of the American West Fine Art Exhibition & Sale, Watercolor Award
    2010    Autry National Center, Masters of the American West Fine Art Exhibition & Sale, Watercolor Award
    2009    Friends of Western Art, Tucson, Arizona, Artist of the Year Award
    2006    Cheyenne Frontier Days Show, Museum Purchase Award
    2006    Autry National Center, Masters of the American West Fine Art Exhibition & Sale, Watercolor Award
    1997    National Park Service, Arts for the Parks, U.S. Art Award of Merit
    1996    Buffalo Bill Historical Center, Buffalo Bill Art Show & Sale, Artists’ Choice Award

    Memberships:
    Honorary Lifetime Artist Member M.O. Club, Tucson, Arizona
    Signature Member American Association of Equine Artists

    Gallery Representation:
    Insight Gallery, Fredericksburg, Texas
    Settlers West Gallery, Tucson, Arizona
    The Legacy Gallery, Jackson, Wyoming, and Scottsdale, Arizona
    www.johnfawcettstudio.com

    WANT TO REGISTER FOR QUEST OPENING WEEKEND (SEPT. 11- 13)?

    Celebrate the best of the West and meet 50 of the nation's top Western-theme artists during the 10th anniversary opening weekend festivities for the Quest for the West® Art Show and Sale, Friday, Sept. 11 through Sunday, Sept. 13, 2015 at the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art in downtown Indianapolis, IN.

    Only registered guests may participate in opening weekend activities. Register now to join in the fun, make new friends, socialize with artists and seasoned and fledging art collectors, enjoy fine food and purchase art for your new or established art collection. For your convenience, four Marriott Place hotels are located directly across the street from the museum.

    Register to participate in opening weekend festivities by purchasing a weekend individual or couples package.  If you are unable to attend but wish to buy art, you may purchase an absentee buyer registration to participate in the sale. Absentee buyers must submit purchase instructions and a credit card number to the Eiteljorg Museum by Thursday, September 3, 2015.  Please check the Absentee Buyer box.

    •  WEEKEND INDIVIDUAL PACKAGE:
      $250 Member; $300 Non-member
    Package includes one Quest catalog and one bid book per registrant, plus participation for one in all Quest events.

    •  WEEKEND COUPLE PACKAGE:
    $450 Member; $500 Non-member
    Package includes one Quest catalog and one bid book per couple, plus participation for two in all Quest events.

    •  ABSENTEE BUYER OR PURCHASE OF ADDITIONAL BID BOOKS: $150/bid book
    Are you unable to attend the sale, but interested in purchasing art? Absentee buyers may participate in the sale by purchasing a bid book and catalog for $150. Additional bid books are available for $150 each. Limit three bid books per registrant. Absentee Buyer Instructions (Click to download)

    TERMS AND CONDITIONS FOR SALE (Click to download)

    For registration-related questions, or for credit card registration by phone, please contact Kay Hinds at (317) 275-1341 or e-mail khinds@eiteljorg.com. Your Quest catalog and bid books will be distributed when you check in at the registration desk on opening weekend. 

    Quest of the West is presented by the Western Art Society.

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  • Quest for the West Artist Tony Eubanks

    by Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art | Aug 11, 2015

    Scenes from the old West will come to life in paintings and sculptures that will fill the galleries of the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, with the opening of the 10th annual Quest for the West® Art Show and Sale, Friday, Sept. 11, 2015. In one gallery, the only gallery like it in the state of Indiana, visitors can see and be the first to bid on millions of dollars in artwork from 50 coveted Western artists.  Meet Quest for the West Artist Tony Eubanks.

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    Born 1939, in Dallas, Texas; lives in Clifton, Texas

     
    EVEN THOUGH his artistic gift was apparent while he was a young child, Tony Eubanks had not planned a career in art until a chance encounter with an art class while he was a student at Texas Tech University led him to change direction. After observing the class, it occurred to him that he, too, could make art. Abruptly abandoning his plans to become a rancher, he began to take art classes, eventually earning a Bachelor of Arts in illustration at North Texas University, followed by post graduate studies at the Los Angeles Art Center.

    His early career was spent doing illustrations out of New York. He has done work for Time Magazine and National Geographic, among others too numerous to mention. Since the late 1970s, Eubanks has worked exclusively as a fine artist who prefers to paint diverse subjects, finding that variety helps hold his interest and keeps him “fresh.” He speculates that he is attracted to new themes “in the same way an actor is attracted to new roles.” Tony, who works primarily in oil, shows his work in various galleries and shows. He is an active member of the Western Rendezvous of Art, and along with Quest for the West, he also exhibits at the Prix de West in Oklahoma City. Subjects for Eubanks' paintings include landscapes, figures, cowboys, and Indians.

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    Approaching Storm Near Taos
    2015, oil, 36 x 50 inches
    Taos is a wonderful location anytime of the year, but fall can be especially enchanting.  The chamisa are beginning to lose their yellow dominance and the trees are changing their colors so gracefully. I think Taos has had a sacred element - first to Native peoples - but followed by many artists who have appreciated its beauty and uniqueness. Since I love the area and have painted it so frequently, it holds a very special place in my heart.

    Notable awards and achievements:
    Copley Society of Art, Award of Merit
    Salmagundi Club, Samuel T. Shaw Memorial Award and Arthur T. Hill Memorial Award

    Memberships:
    Northwest Rendezvous Group
    www.tonyeubanks.com

     WANT TO REGISTER FOR QUEST OPENING WEEKEND (SEPT. 11- 13)?
    Celebrate the best of the West and meet 50 of the nation's top Western-theme artists during the 10th anniversary opening weekend festivities for the Quest for the West® Art Show and Sale, Friday, Sept. 11 through Sunday, Sept. 13, 2015 at the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art in downtown Indianapolis, IN.

    Only registered guests may participate in opening weekend activities. Register now to join in the fun, make new friends, socialize with artists and seasoned and fledging art collectors, enjoy fine food and purchase art for your new or established art collection. For your convenience, four Marriott Place hotels are located directly across the street from the museum.

    Register to participate in opening weekend festivities by purchasing a weekend individual or couples package.  If you are unable to attend but wish to buy art, you may purchase an absentee buyer registration to participate in the sale. Absentee buyers must submit purchase instructions and a credit card number to the Eiteljorg Museum by Thursday, September 3, 2015.  Please check the Absentee Buyer box.

    •  WEEKEND INDIVIDUAL PACKAGE:
      $250 Member; $300 Non-member
    Package includes one Quest catalog and one bid book per registrant, plus participation for one in all Quest events.

    •  WEEKEND COUPLE PACKAGE:
    $450 Member; $500 Non-member
    Package includes one Quest catalog and one bid book per couple, plus participation for two in all Quest events.

    •  ABSENTEE BUYER OR PURCHASE OF ADDITIONAL BID BOOKS: $150/bid book
    Are you unable to attend the sale, but interested in purchasing art? Absentee buyers may participate in the sale by purchasing a bid book and catalog for $150. Additional bid books are available for $150 each. Limit three bid books per registrant. Absentee Buyer Instructions (Click to download)

    TERMS AND CONDITIONS FOR SALE (Click to download)

    For registration-related questions, or for credit card registration by phone, please contact Kay Hinds at (317) 275-1341 or e-mail khinds@eiteljorg.com. Your Quest catalog and bid books will be distributed when you check in at the registration desk on opening weekend. 
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