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  • Quest for the West artist Eric Michaels

    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 Eric Michaels.

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    Eric Michaels
    Born 1948, in Chicago, Illinois; lives in Blaine, Washington

    PERHAPS THE MOST distinctive feature of Eric Michaels' paintings is its international flavor. His subject matter spans four continents and both hemispheres. Painting in these far-flung locations has given him a keen grasp of local light conditions and has allowed him to participate in the native experience. His deep empathy and technical virtuosity take him straight to the heart of the pastoral scenes and human pageants he portrays.

    Michaels' work hangs in private, corporate, and museum collections throughout the United States, and he is a signature member of the Oil Painters of America, the National Watercolor Society and the Pastel Society of America.

    Memberships:
    National Watercolor Society
    Oil Painters of America
    Pastel Society of America
    The Outdoor Painters Society

    Gallery Representation:
    Breckenridge Gallery, Breckenridge, Colorado
    Longcoat Fine Art, Ruidoso, New Mexico
    Marta Stafford Fine Art, Marble Falls, Texas
    www.ericmichaelsfineart.com
    www.enpleinairpro.com

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    Renegades
    2015, oil, 16 x 12 inches

    For almost a third of my professional career, I have been invited by the Eiteljorg Museum to be a contributor to the Quest for the West exhibition. Not only is it a privilege to hang my artwork in such an august institution, it is incredible honor to exhibit my paintings alongside some of the great chroniclers of the contemporary and historic West.


    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 Krystii Melaine

    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 Krystii Melaine.

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    Krystii Melaine
    Born 1963 in Bairnsdale, Victoria, Australia; lives in Colbert, Washington

                 AT THE AGE OF FOUR, Krystii Melaine announced that she was going to be an artist. At seven she won her first art competition and she was taking commissions for paintings by the age of fourteen. The Australian native studied painting, drawing, photography, and graphic design and soon set up her own fashion design company, developing it into one of the largest bridal-wear companies in Australia.

                A desire to return to painting led Melaine to spend five years studying traditional tonal realism and oil-painting techniques. Inspired by the people and animals of the American West, she is now immersed in an artistic exploration of Native American history and cultures. Melaine regularly participates in several major museum exhibitions. Recently, the Booth Western Art Museum in Georgia purchased three life-sized full-length portraits of Native Americans for their permanent collection. Of her art, Melaine explains, “To capture the essence of a person or animal in a moment of time, to tell beautiful visual stories, and to share the wonders of life with others – this is what I strive for!”

    Notable Awards and Achievements
    2014    Portrait Society of America, Members Only Competition, First Merit Award – Commissioned Portrait
    2012    Desert Caballeros Western Museum, Cowgirl Up!, First Prize Two-Dimensional on Canvas
    2012    Desert Caballeros Western Museum, Cowgirl Up!, Artists’ Choice Award
    2011    The Legacy Gallery, Scottsdale Salon, Western Award
    2009    Desert Caballeros Western Museum, Cowgirl Up!,, First Prize Two-Dimensional
    2008    National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame, Heart of the West, Best of Show
    2004    Buffalo Bill Historical Center, Buffalo Bill Art Show & Sale, Painting Award

    Memberships:
    Portrait Society of America
    American Women Artists, Master Signature Member

    Gallery Representation:
    Big Horn Galleries, Cody, Wyoming & Tubac, Arizona
    Biltmore Galleries, Scottsdale, Arizona
    Broadmoor Galleries, Colorado Springs, Colorado
    Coeur d’Alene Gallery, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho
    Going to the Sun Gallery, Whitefish, Montana
    Mountain Trails Gallery, Jackson, Wyoming and Park City, Utah
    www.krystiimelaine.com

    Melaine_Tamtl'aki_Kw'ayawi_Spotted_Horse_and_Mountain Lion
    Támtl’aki Kw’ayawi – Spotted Horse and Mountain Lion, Yakama
    2015, oil on linen, 44 x 44 inches

    A spirited appaloosa leaps and rears, striking a momentary pose reminiscent of traditional European equestrian portraits. His rider is calmly in control, man and horse moving as one, both in full parade regalia. A mountain lion hide sways over the horse’s rump, a Plateau-style horse-mask flares with the tossing head, while fringe and ermines fly. Inspired by the striking pose, colors and movement, I approached this painting with a blend of traditional training and contemporary ideas.

    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 Joseph McGurl

    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 Joseph McGurl.

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    Joseph McGurl
    Born 1958, in Boston, Massachusetts; lives in Cataumet, Massachusetts

    JOSEPH MCGURL is an acknowledged leader in the current American landscape school. He studied with his father, muralist James McGurl, who exposed him to a wide variety of materials and taught him an appreciation of the craft of painting. He studied with Ralph Rosenthal, at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, graduated from Massachusetts College of Art, and studied in England and Italy. To focus on drawing, he sought out and studied figure drawing under Robert Cormier, a devotee of the French Academy methods.

    McGurl's paintings have been included in many museum exhibitions. He had retrospective solo shows at the Cape Cod Museum of Art, The Cahoon Museum of American Art, the Saint Botolph Club of Boston, and at the Arnot Art Museum in Elmira, NY. At the Rockwell Museum of Western Art, Corning, NY, he was included in the exhibit, Re-presenting Representation West, 2002. At the Haggin Museum, Stockton, CA, his work was included in Contemporary Artists Paint Yosemite and the Eastern Sierra, 2001.

    For McGurl, the process, rather than the product, is the most important part of a painting. For this reason, his studio paintings are developed from sketches painted on location. This gives him the freedom to create paintings based on his imagination, memory, and his sketches. Although the objects depicted in the paintings are elements of the landscape and have a deep personal meaning to him, an equally important subject is an exploration of light, form, space, and color interpreted through paint.

    Notable Awards and Achievements:
    2013    Art Renewal Center International Salon, First Place Landscape category Guild of Boston Artists, Gold Medallion
    The John Singleton Copley Award for Artistic Achievement

    Select Publications:
    2013    Art of the National Parks: Historic Connections, Contemporary Interpretations by Susan Hallsten McGarry, Jean Stern, Terry Lawson Dunn

    Gallery Representation:
    Collins Galleries, Orleans, Massachusetts
    Helena Fox Fine Art, Charleston, South Carolina
    John Pence Gallery, San Francisco, California
    Palm Avenue Fine Art, Sarasota, Florida
    Tree’s Place Gallery, Orleans, Massachusetts
    www.josephmcgurl.com

    McGurl_Revolver_Ouray_Colorado 

    Revolver, Ouray, Colorado
    2015, Oil on canvas, 18 x 24 inches

    I painted many plein air studies of this classic western town over a period of several days and was intrigued by the changing light in the valley as it corresponded to the revolving earth. The painting’s smoothly rendered sky contrasting with the textured land forms relate to the respective ethereal and solidly rugged qualities of those elements.  As well as relating to the revolving earth, “Revolver” can also refer to the classic firearm of the American West. 

    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 Curt Mattson

    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 Curt Mattson.

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    Curt Mattson
    Born 1956, in Fullerton, California; lives in Cave Creek, Arizona

    “WHAT I DESIRE for the art I create,” says Curt Mattson, “is a piece that is compelling and artistically challenging, that will grab viewers’ attention and not let them go.” Mattson succeeds, due in part to a lifetime of involvement with one of his favorite subjects—horses—especially Western cowboys’ mounts.

    Born in California, Mattson comes from a long line of horsemen. His family trained and showed horses, and he worked on ranches stretching from California to Alberta, Canada, a thorough education in all things related to horses. His grandfather made saddles and riding gear; he taught his grandson the craft and encouraged him to create sculpture “in order to tell stories of the buckaroo.” In 1988, Mattson acted on his grandfather’s advice, turning to sculpture as a full time occupation. His decision has been rewarding. Artistically successful, he feels honored to share the work he loves with others.

     

    Notable Awards and Achievements:

    2012    American Artists Professional League, George Gach Memorial Award
    2011    National Western Art Exhibition and Sale, Gold Medal Sculpture (also 2010, 2009, 2007)
    2009    National Western Art Exhibition and Sale, Best of Show (also 2007)
    2008    American Artists Professional League, Leonard J. Meiselman Memorial Award for Traditional Sculpture (also 2006)
    2008    Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, Quest for the West, Cyrus Dallin Award for Best Sculpture
    2007    American Artists Professional League, Frank C. Wright, Jr. Gold Medal of Honor
    2007    National Western Art Exhibition and Sale, Festival Choice Purchase Award
    2006    Phippen Museum Western Art Show, Cowboy Artists of America Founders’ Award            (in honor of the founders of Cowboy Artists of America)
    2005    Phippen Museum Fine Art Show, Phippen Family Award, Best of Show, First Place Sculpture

    Memberships:
    The Allied Artists of America, Inc.  ~ Elected Member
    The American Artists Professional League ~ Fellow
    The National Sculpture Society ~ Elected Professional Member

    Gallery Representation:
    The Biltmore Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona
    The Hayden Hays Gallery at the Broadmoor, Colorado Springs, Colorado
    www.curtmattson.com

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    A Cut Above
    2014, bronze, edition of 9, 8 ½ x 7 x 5 ¼ inches

    The story comes from the book Boss Cowman by Ed Lemmon, which takes place in Nebraska in 1877. The rider is Tom Lawrence and the horse is Blue. Tom had trained Blue to recognize his Bar L brand. When Bar L cattle were in the roundup pool, Lawrence would bet Blue could be ridden into the herd and, with only a neck rope, would cut out only his cattle. Lemmon said Blue would crane his neck to look at the left side of every cow to see if it carried the Bar L brand. He has not only done well in training his horse, he has won the bet!

     

    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 Terry Isaac

    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 Terry Isaac.
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    Terry Isaac
    Born 1958, in Salem, Oregon; lives in Penticton, British Columbia, Canada

                INTERNATIONALLY ACCLAIMED wildlife artist Terry Isaac grew up in the Willamette Valley of Oregon and it is there that he began his love affair with nature.  Drawing inspiration from his own backyard and from the captivating vistas of the West, he began to create dramatic wildlife art. 

    After gaining a degree in art education, Terry was a teacher until a chance meeting with legendary wildlife artist Robert Bateman in the 1980s helped launch his professional career.  Since then he has strived to capture “magical moments in nature” that appear with the right lighting, color, and atmospheric conditions.  He is inspired by large dramatic panoramas as well as close-up views of animal behavior.  Although there is plenty to paint around his new home base in British Columbia, he travels widely to seek out those transitory moments.

    Notable Awards and Achievements:
    2013
        Ducks Unlimited Canada, National Art Portfolio
    2012    Ducks Unlimited Canada, National Art Portfolio
    2011    Ducks Unlimited Canada, National Art Portfolio
    2008    St. George Art Museum, Century of Sanctuary Show, Jurors Award
    1998    Pacific Rim Wildlife Art Show, Artist of the Year
    1991    New York Duck Stamp, Winning Artist

    Memberships:
    Society of Animal Artists
    Western Artists of America
    Artists For Conservation

    Publications:
    2004
        Wild about Babies, Harvest House Publishers
    1998    Terry Isaac: Painting the Drama of Wildlife Step by Step, North Light Books
    1998    Painting Birds Step by Step, North Light Books
    1997    The Best of Wildlife Art, North Light Books

    Gallery Representation:
    Big Horn Galleries, Cody, Wyoming
    Legacy Gallery, Jackson Hole, Wyoming
    Lovetts Gallery, Tulsa, Oklahoma

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    Storyteller
    2015, acrylic, 48 x 18 inches

    One of the things I enjoy about living in British Columbia is seeing First Nations artworks. I am particularly fond of totem poles. I saw this one in a small village called Klemtu, located in the Great Bear Rainforest on the coast of B.C. Ravens have a lot of significance in myths and legends of First Nations people. I thought it appropriate to place him on the top, calling out as if he were telling his story.

    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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