Eiteljorg Musuem Blog

Quest for the Best = 7th annual Quest for the West

by Kay Hinds | Aug 02, 2012

Quest for the WestThe countdown for the 7th annual Quest for the West® Art Show and Sale has begun. Invitations landed in mailboxes in July. In no time at all, registrants participating in opening weekend activities Sept. 7-9 will enjoy a one-of-a-kind experience at the Eiteljorg Museum. 

What’s it all about? Many staff members describe Quest as their favorite annual event at the Eiteljorg. Each year 50 top notch artists, known for their outstanding Western-themed art, are invited to participate in a unique show which boasts the “best of the West.” Artists create original works of art which are available for purchase during an opening weekend sale.

This year, 45 artists will attend opening weekend activities. Registered guests will have the opportunity to meet the artists and view their work while enjoying the company of fledgling and long-time art collectors. Many friendships have developed during Quest weekend--between artists and guests and fellow collectors. The opportunity to meet nationally known artists in an intimate setting makes the Quest show appealing to registrants.

On Friday, Sept. 7, an evening reception will honor outstanding sculptor and 2011 Quest Artist of Distinction Doug Hyde as he unveils his exhibit, Shaped by Stone: The Sculpture of Doug Hyde. Saturday highlights include a brunch followed by a panel of artists describing their “on location” experiences, an evening reception and the sale and a banquet and awards ceremony. A light breakfast will be available at the Eiteljorg on Sunday morning.

Interested in joining the fun? Weekend registrations for couples cost $400 for members and $450 for non-members. Individuals may register for a $250 member or $300 non-member fee. To view the list of artists, the complete weekend schedule, registration forms and see images of some of the art available for purchase, go to the Eiteljorg Museum website Art images will be added to the website as art is received.

However, you needn’t attend Quest to participate in the sale. Register as an Absentee Buyer for $150 and curators will see that your ballot is added to draw boxes before the sale starts.

A “luck of the draw” sale means art is offered at fixed prices and may be purchased by individuals who select art and place ballots in boxes located by each piece of art the night of the sale. Suspense builds during the sale as participants learn who will be the proud owners of Quest art on display. Absentee buyers will be told about sale results via phone or e-mail. Art not claimed during the sale will be available for purchase by the public from Sunday, Sept. 9 – Oct. 7, when the Quest for the West exhibition is open to the public.

Purchased art will remain at the Eiteljorg until the close of the Quest exhibit. After Oct. 7, art will be shipped to buyers. And art that graced the Eiteljorg during the Quest show will be displayed at homes and businesses located throughout the United States. 

Want to join the 250+ individuals who are already registered for Quest’s opening weekend?  Call me at 317.275.1341 or e-mail to register. I promise you’ll have a memorable experience!

Kay Hinds is the development coordinator


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