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  • Quest for the West artist Andy Thomas

    by Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art | Aug 20, 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 Andy Thomas.
    Thomas 2015

    Andy Thomas
    Born in 1957, Murfreesboro, Tennessee; lives in Carthage, Missouri
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    Last of the Posse
    2015, oil on linen, 26 x 38 inches
    The last three members of the Posse make a perilous retreat after they were waylaid by the fugitive. The Big Swede had watched the posse wither from a throng of eager would-be killers to these three, who had dogged him all afternoon. These men are made of tougher gristle, he thought, and now they have me cornered up in these rocks. Either good men will die or a hero will be born. 

                BORN IN TENNESSEE, Andy Thomas graduated in 1981 with a degree in Marketing from Missouri State Southern State University. After 16 years in the advertising business, Thomas resigned his position as Staff Vice-President of Marketing Services for a Fortune 500 company to pursue painting full time. He considers his lack of formal art education an asset as he has developed a lifetime habit of artistic exploration.

                Known as “The Storyteller,” Thomas has a fondness for historical scenes that allow him to tell a story through paint, combining his love of both art and history. He is known for his realistic imagery of western scenes, presidents, and historical figures. Thomas has been featured in many magazines and his illustrations have appeared in many books. The Artful Journey, a book of Thomas’ works, includes short stories written by the artist about each piece. Thomas keeps active judging art shows and giving art lessons to both children and adults.

    Gallery representation:
    Greenhouse Gallery of Fine Art, San Antonio, Texas

    Memberships:
    Salmagundi Club non-resident artist
    www.andythomas.com

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  • Quest for the West artist Craig Tennant

    by Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art | Aug 20, 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 Craig Tennant.
    Tennant 2015

    Craig Tennant
    Born 1946, in New Jersey; lives in Golden, Colorado

    Tennant_Crossing_the_Valleys
    Crossing the Valleys
    2015, oil, 20 x 30 inches
    We all enjoy walking or riding through the valleys, the problems arise when we have to climb the mountains on the other side.

    CRAIG TENNANT BEGAN HIS EARLY art training in 1967 with Grey Advertising in New York. Starting in the mat room he quickly moved to mechanicals, and then was made the Assistant Art Director for the Kool Aid account. In 1970, he joined the staff of illustrators at BBD&O, where he worked on a variety of major, national accounts.

    In 1989, Tennant moved to Colorado to focus on western oil paintings. He started his own publishing business, Cheyenne Press, in 1994, to promote his work. The same year, he was voted 21st in the nation’s top print artists (by a U.S. Art Magazine survey of over 850 galleries nationwide.) In 1996 Tennant was commissioned by the Park Meadows Shopping Resort to paint a Colorado scene for the Nordstrom entrance.

    His work has appeared on the covers of Western Lifestyles, Wild West, The Equine Image, Rocky Mountain Rider, Colorado Country Life, Muzzleloader and Beef magazines. He has been the subject of additional feature articles in Western Horseman, Art of the West, Western Lifestyles, Southwest Art, American Cowboy, US Art, InformArt and others. Four of his Native American paintings are shown in Crabtree Publishing's Native Nations of North America series of children's books published in 2001.

    Notable Awards and Achievements:
    2014    Oil Painters of America, Gold Medal
    2014    Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Artist of the Year
    2013    Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Artist of the Year
    2012    Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Artist of the Year
    2009    National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, Prix de West, Frederic Remington Painting Award
    2008    National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, Prix de West, Buyer's Choice Award
    2007    The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Featured Artist (also 2005 and 2006)
    2004    Coors Western Art Exhibit and Sale, People’s Choice Award (also 2001 and 2002)
    2001    Stampede Western Invitational Art Exhibit & Sale, People’s Choice Award (also 2000)

    Memberships:
    Oil Painters of America

    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 Daniel Smith

    by Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art | Aug 20, 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 Daniel Smith.
    D Smith 2015

    Daniel Smith
    Born 1954, in Mankato, Minnesota; lives in Bozeman, Montana
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    Summer Sanctuary
    2015, acrylic, 19 x 38 inches

    Living in close proximity to Yellowstone Park provides ample opportunity to research bison.  This mature bull is seeking a reprieve from the late afternoon heat in the soothing cool water of the Lamar River.  It is truly a summer sanctuary.

    AS ONE OF AMERICA’S foremost wildlife artists, Daniel Smith enjoys wide acclaim for his depictions of the natural world. Born in Minnesota, Smith now resides in Bozeman, Montana where the rugged peaks of the Gallatin Range are the only thing separating him from Yellowstone National  Park. He is inspired by his surroundings.  One of the most rewarding and inspiring elements of his work is the fieldwork. It is the genesis of all of his paintings. Smith is passionate about his subjects and travels frequently seeking artistic inspiration. Smith’s meticulous field research and insistence on directly observing the animals he paints is driven by a personal penchant to achieve greater authenticity.

    Smith’s interest in art led him to pursue a career as an illustrator, but even then he spent his evenings painting wildlife, his first love. After winning the 1987 Federal Duck Stamp competition, he abandoned illustration and has been painting wildlife ever since. He is noted for his use of muted lighting, soft colors, and mist to enhance and exaggerate depth.

    Because he feels indebted to the natural world that has been his sole inspiration, Smith uses his art to aid and endorse many conservation efforts. He has been chosen Artist of the Year by several conservation organizations. In addition, Smith was recently chosen to be the Featured Painter of the September 2011 Western Visions Show at the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson Hole, WY.

    Notable awards and achievements:
    2013    Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, Quest for the West, Victor Higgins Award
    2013    National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, Small Works, Great Wonders, Cynthia Post Buyer’s Choice Award (also 2012, 2011)
    2011    Autry National Center, Masters of the American West, Bob Kuhn Wildlife Award
    2009    Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, Quest for the West, Harrison Eiteljorg Purchase Award
    2008    National Museum of Wildlife Art, Western Visions Show, People’s Choice Award
    2007    Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, Quest for the West, Artist of Distinction Award

    Membership:
    Society of Animal Artists

    Gallery representation:
    Trailside Galleries, Scottsdale, Arizona, and Jackson, Wyoming
    Settlers West Galleries, Tucson, Arizona
    www.danielsmithwildlife.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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  • Quest for the West artist Nathan Solano

    by Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art | Aug 20, 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 Nathan Solano.
    Solano 2015

    Nathan Solano
    Born in 1950, Dragerton, Utah; lives in Pueblo, Colorado

    Solano_Moving_Day_In_Southern_Colorado
    Moving Day in Southern Colorado
    2015, oil on canvas, 24 x 36 inches
    The painting location is southeast Colorado on the Chico Basin Ranch. To the left of the cowboy under the clouds are the Spanish Peaks, the twin peaks were landmarks for Native Americans, trappers, the Spanish, French, and American settlers. To the right, also under the cloud cover, is the Greenhorn Mountain.  It was named after the Comanche Chief Cuerna Verde (Green Horn).  He was in killed below this Peak in 1779 by the Spanish.

    UNLIKE MOST ARTISTS, Solano did not begin his painting career until he turned 40, and without any formal art training. Solano briefly attended the University of Colorado before being drafted and spending a year in Vietnam as an Infantry Sergeant. He returned and worked in a steel mill, then as a roofer, then as a waiter and bartender until he was hired as an illustrator for an advertising agency. Nathan eventually worked in Colorado and Florida as an illustrator and art director for several ad agencies. In 1989 he moved back to Colorado and began painting.

    Although Solano is widely know for his cowboy and Native American work he paints a variety of subject matter.  He has been featured in Art of the West, Southwest Art, Western Art Collector, Cowboys and Indians, Western Horsemen, The American Cowboy, Taos Magazine, The Artist Magazine, and Wildlife Art Magazine.

    Notable Awards and Achievements:
    “My son Jarod and my daughter Ashley T.”

    Gallery Representation:
    Ann Korologos Gallery, Basalt, Colorado
    The Broadmoor Galleries at the Broadmoor Hotel, Colorado Springs, Colorado
    www.nathansolano.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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  • Quest for the West artist Sandy Scott

    by Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art | Aug 20, 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 Sandy Scott.

     Scott 2015
    Sandy Scott
    Born in 1943, Dubuque, Iowa; lives in Lander, Wyoming
     
    Scott_Ancient_Passage
    Ancient Passage
    2015, bronze, edition of 21, 24 x 23 x 9 inches
    Our Morgan gelding was used as the model for Ancient Passage. My goal was to idealize the animal and create a powerful image. I am preoccupied with modeling horses and consciously stylize my designs. My obsession with modeling horses continues to lay a thorough foundation for my art, just as playing scales does for a musician. In my opinion, horses and the human figure are the most difficult creatures to transform into a visual expression - perhaps it's because they are both so beautiful.

    SANDY SCOTT was trained at the Kansas City Art Institute, and worked as an animation background artist for the motion picture industry. She then turned her attention to etching and printmaking in the 1970s and sculpture in the 1980s. She maintains studios in Lander, Wyoming; Lake of the Woods, Ontario, Canada; and Larimer County, Colorado. Surrounded by mountains, lakes and streams she is an avid outdoors woman, licensed pilot, and lives the life she depicts.

    She has won awards for sculpture and etching and her monumental Presidential Eagle is installed at the entrance to the Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock, Arkansas, and the National Museum of Wildlife Art, Jackson, WY.  Scott’s work is included in the collections of the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum;

    the National Museum of Wildlife Art, Jackson, WY;  the R.W. Norton Museum, Shreveport, LA; The United States Military Academy, West Point, NY; Brookgreen Gardens, Murrells Inlet, SC and Gilcrease Museum, Tulsa, OK.  Scott was selected as one of the “Ten Most Prominent People in western art by Southwest Art Magazine in 2013.  

    Notable Awards and Achievements:
    2014    Briscoe Museum, Legacy Award for Lifetime Achievement

    Memberships:
    The American Artist Professional League
    The Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club
    The National Art Club
    The National Sculpture Society
    The New York Pen and Brush
    The Society of Animal Artists

    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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