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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

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

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.


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.

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

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

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)


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


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