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  • Quest for the West Artist Gerald Balciar

    by Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art | Aug 10, 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 Gerald Balciar.
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    Born 1942, in Medford, Wisconsin; lives in Parker, Colorado

    LIKE MANY artists, Gerald Balciar’s fascination with art began when he was a young boy. Growing up in rural Wisconsin, he was fascinated by the wild animals in the woods near his home, and taught himself to sketch them. In 1964, after learning to work in clay, he cast his first bronze, and later began to carve in stone as well.

    Balciar’s empathy for animals, enhanced by careful research and occasional work from live models, forms the basis for his sympathetic portrayals of wildlife, which are admired by zoologists and wildlife advocates. His creations range from small works to monumental installations. His largest marble is the 18-foot, 16,000-pound cougar, Canyon Princess, carved from a single block and installed at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. In order to have the marble he prefers, he stores a huge supply near his studio and on land he owns near a quarry.
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    Trumpeter Pond
    2015, bronze, edition of 30, 16 x 26 x 16 inches

    There are places in Alaska where you can fly over the tundra and see one pair of trumpeter swans on every pond. It must be a territorial thing where there is room for just one pair per pond. I enjoy watching the swans in Wyoming, especially when they come flying through overhead. Swans mate for life. The male is called a cob and the female a pen. Their young are cygnets. 

    Notable awards and achievements:
    2014
        Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, Quest for the West, Eiteljorg Keepsake
    2012    Autry National Center, Masters of the American West, Norris Foundation Sculpture Award
    2009    Society of Animal Artists, Award of Excellence
    2009    The Montana Historical Society, Western Rendezvous of Art, People's Choice Award
    2007    National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, Prix de West, James Earl Fraser Sculpture Award
    1999    Buffalo Bill Historical Center, Buffalo Bill Art Show & Sale, William E. Weiss Purchase
    1991    National Academy of Western Art, Gold Medal Award
    1990    National Academy of Western Art, Nona Jean Hulsey Rumsey Buyer’s Choice Award and Silver Medal Award
    1985    National Academy of Western Art, Prix de West Purchase Award and Gold Medal Award

    Memberships:
    National Sculpture Society
    Allied Artists of America
    Society of Animal Artists
    Northwest Rendezvous Group

    Gallery representation:
    Astoria Fine Art – Jackson, Wyoming
    Big Horn Galleries, Cody, Wyoming, and Tubac, Arizona
    Biltmore Galleries, Scottsdale, Arizona
    Broadmoor Gallery, Colorado Springs, Colorado
    Knox Galleries, Beaver Creek, Colorado
    Sorrel Sky Galleries – Durango, Colorado and Santa Fe, New Mexico
    Whistle Pik Galleries, Fredericksburg, Texas

    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 for the West is presented by the Western Art Society.

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  • Quest for the West Artist Adam Smith

    by Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art | Aug 10, 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 Adam Smith.
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    Born 1984, in Medina, Minnesota; lives in Bozeman, Montana

    BORN IN MEDINA, MINNESOTA and raised in Bozeman, Montana, Smith has spent twenty seven years surrounded by the incredible wonders of western wildlife and has worked to master the art of its accurate rendering. Smith studies nature with the acute eyes of a scientist, yet gingerly recreates it with the hands of a painter. He is no stranger to fine art as he is the son of prominent wildlife artist and fellow Quest for the West artist, Daniel Smith. Make no mistake, this young artist sets himself apart from the competition and has already garnered much success in the art world. An avid traveler and cross-country explorer, Smith finds inspiration from trips he and his father have taken to Africa, Alaska, Utah, and dozens of national parks in between.

    Gallery Representation: Trailside Galleries, Jackson Hole, Wyoming and Scottsdale, Arizona

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    Spring Runoff
    2015, acrylic, 18 x 36 inches

    Spring time in Montana is always a welcome sight. Warmer temperatures and additional moisture bring life back to the mountains. The spring runoff was in full effect and this black bear took full advantage of it. Experiences like this are what fuel my passion to paint. 

    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 for the West is presented by the Western Art Society.
     

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  • Treasure of the SS Islander

    by Johanna Blume, Eiteljorg assistant curator of Western Art | Aug 03, 2015
    The SS Islander was a steamship owned and operated by the Canadian-Pacific Navigation Company during the Yukon-Klondike gold rush. It offered luxurious accommodations for bankers, tycoons, wealthy business owners, and others. The steamer weighed 1,519 tons, measured 240 feet in length, and was made of steel. It frequently made the trip along the inside passage to Alaska, serving the needs of those headed for the Klondike gold fields. The ship left Skagway, Alaska, on August 14, 1901, carrying 168 people and a reported $6 million in gold. The next day, south of Juneau, it struck an iceberg, took on water, and sank. The treasure and forty lives were lost. Salvage efforts soon began, continuing off and on until recent years. 

    The most successful recovery of treasure from the SS Islander took place in the last five years, with more than 1,000 ounces of gold being recovered. You can see gold and three full gold pokes – the small leather bags used to hold and transport loose gold flakes and nuggets – that were recovered from the shipwreck in Gold! Riches and Ruin. This is the first time these artifacts have been publicly exhibited, and pieces of their original seals are still intact.
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    Canadian Pacific Navigation Company Ship
    S.S. Islander, ca. 1900
    Photographer: Major James Skitt Matthews
    Image courtesy of City of Vancouver Archives
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     15 Days’ Clean Up by the Gold Run (Klondyke) Mining Co., 1886–1913
    Image courtesy of the Alaska State Library, Wickersham State Historic Site Photos, 1882–1930s; ASL-P277-001-166

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  • WestFest is Back this Saturday | Wells Fargo Stagecoach on Monument Circle Friday

    by Jaq Nigg, Eiteljorg festivals and events manager | Jul 29, 2015

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    Has there been a hitch in your gitalong since the last WestFest way back in 2012? Well, the Eiteljorg is someone to ride the river with! We listened to your bellyaching and are excited to announce the return of the popular family event.

    Put on your western bib and tucker and join us as we bring back the sights, sounds, and smells of the American West at WestFest on Saturday, Aug.  1.

    Enjoy a day full of family fun:

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    • Pan for gold
    • Try authentic chuckwagon grub and drink sarsaparilla
    • Compete in the stick-horse rodeo
    • Take a ride on a stagecoach
    • Hands on activities, games, and westerns
    • Sing, dance, and yodel along with western performers.
    • Try your hand at making a rope, roping a cow and trick roping.
    • Hang out with working blacksmiths
    • Check out a surgical kit used by gold miners
    • Learn about western myths and legends

    And more…

    Whether you’re a dude, cowpoke, or a tenderfoot, you don’t want to miss this fandango. Every big bug should pony up for all the fluff duffs and put WestFest on your calendar now. It’s just two whoops and a holler.

    Tickets are included with museum admission. WestFest is  on gullywasher  or shine.

    Friday’s WestFest preview event at Monument Circle
    On Friday, July 31, the Wells Fargo stagecoach, a replica of the six-horse Concord coaches famed for charging across the vast plains of the West, will spend two hours at Monument Circle to kick off WestFest. From 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., visitors to the circle can have their pictures taken with the stagecoach, learn more about WestFest and play games. At 1:30 p.m. the stagecoach will leave Monument Circle and head south on Meridian St. to Washington St. and head west to the Eiteljorg Museum. 

    WestFest is presented by the Sunrise Foundation and sponsored by Wells Fargo. Admission to WestFest is included with museum general admission.

    In case you need a tutorial on Western lingo and phrases, check this out:

    Bellyaching - ComplaintsGoldPanning
    Big bug - Important Person
    Cowpoke -  Worker
    Dude - Fancy person
    Fandango -  Big Party
    Fluff duffs -  Fancy food
    Gitalong -  Not feeling right
    Gullywasher -  Heavy rain
    Pony up - Hurry
    Ride the river with - You can count on us
    Tenderfoot - Youngun’
    Tucker -  Best clothes
    Whoops and a holler -  Not far away

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  • Points North: Dawson City and Nome

    by Johanna Blume, Eiteljorg assistant curator of Western Art | Jul 15, 2015
     Here was a big city growing before our very eyes. It recalled one of those street scenes that have become so popular at recent exhibitions, only this was before the opening ceremony, and they were hurrying up so they could get it finished in time! The footway was blocked to such an extent with men walking, or standing about, or sitting on the piles of timber, that it was with difficulty that we could get along.

    —Julius M. Price, Dawson City, 1898

    Dawson City, nicknamed the “San Francisco of the North,” was the center of the Yukon-Klondike gold rush. Founded in 1897 on the banks of the Yukon River and nestled at the foot of towering mountains, the city grew at a startling rate over the next few years. In the peak years of the gold rush, between 30,000 and 40,000 people called Dawson and the surrounding area home. The town boasted a public library; a variety of stores and businesses including doctors, lawyers, fortune tellers, and laundries; and a number of saloons, dance halls, and hotels.

    Nome, Alaska, experienced a similar “boom and bust” period. Between the summers of 1899 and 1900 the population swelled from a small cluster of tents to a bustling city of 20,000. Perched on the shores of the Bering Sea on the far western coast of Alaska, the town sprang up almost overnight. It included a post office, shops, a U.S. military outpost, several churches, and a variety of drinking and gambling establishments.

     It may be possible to imagine a more unlikely setting for a frontier mining town, or for that matter, a town of any kind, but I can’t think where. Perhaps there is such a place in Antarctica.

    —Historian William Bronson, describing Nome, 1969 

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    Residence of C. Lund No. 26. Above Discovery Bonanza Creek, ca. 1905
    Image courtesy of the Washington State Historical Society; 1998.34.1.34

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    Tents and Wooden Structures on Beach at Nome, Looking East, with Sledge Island in the Distance, ca. 1899
    Photographer: Arthur Churchill Warner
    Image courtesy of University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections; Warner 140

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    Cribbage Board, 1909
    Scrimshawed walrus tusk ivory
    Loan courtesy of the University of Alaska Museum of the North; UA94-009-0041
    Photography by Hadley Fruits

    The carvings on this walrus tusk show the town of Nome, Alaska, in 1909. The back shows the skyline of the entire town.

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