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  • Quest for the West Artist Josh Elliott

    by Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art | Aug 11, 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 Josh Elliott.
    Elliott 2015

    Born 1973, in Great Falls, Montana; lives in Helena, Montana

    JOSH ELLIOTT WAS RAISED to appreciate art and is a third generation artist. His grandfather studied with Grant Wood and dabbled in all sorts of artistic pursuits. His Father, wildlife artist Steve Elliott, gave up a successful career as an ER doctor to become a full-time artist.  Josh's father taught and encouraged him. Josh learned the importance of painting from life and discovered his passion for painting outdoors. He sees his outdoor paintings as a reaction to what is in front of him, and feels they act as sit-ups and push-ups to sharpen his skills. He considers his studio paintings to be a culmination of everything he has learned from painting out, combined with his own artistic interpretation. Josh credits his recent growth to the teachings of artists John and Terri Moyers who stress the fundamentals of drawing and composition.

    Born in Montana, Josh lived out of state for some time but always felt a deep connection with Montana's landscape and people. Josh now lives with his wife and two daughters in Helena, Montana.

    Elliott_Distant_Light
    Distant Light
    2015, oil, 33
    In my work for Quest this year I tried to paint ideas rather than specific locations. I used color harmonies, lighting effects, and patterns in my effort to convey what I felt about these scenes. My overall goal is to make something pleasing to the eye.

    Notable awards and achievements:

    2011    Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, Quest for the West, Artists’ Choice Award
    2010    The Montana Historical Society, Western Rendezvous of Art, Ben Stahl Award
    2008    Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, Quest for the West, Palette Award
    2007    Maynard Dixon Country, Edith Hamlin Award
    2007    The Montana Historical Society, Western Rendezvous of Art, Artistic Merit Award
    2007    C.M. Russell Art Auction, Honorary Chairman Award
    2006    The Montana Historical Society, Western Rendezvous of Art, Legacy and Artistic Merit Awards
    2005    Tucson Plein Air, Maynard Dixon and Quick Draw Awards

    Memberships:
    Northwest Rendezvous Group

    Gallery representation:
    Claggett/Rey Gallery, Vail, Colorado
    Medicine Man Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico, and Tucson, Arizona
    Simpson Gallagher Gallery, Cody, Wyoming
    www.joshelliottart.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 Michael Dudash

    by Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art | Aug 11, 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 Michael Dudash.

    Dudash 2015
    Born 1952, in Mankato, Minnesota; lives in Hayden, Idaho

    BORN AND RAISED IN MINNESOTA, Michael settled in the Green Mountains of Vermont where he began his full time career as an artist and oil painter in 1977. Trained in the fine arts, his decision to begin a career in classic illustration won him a prestigious and national reputation.  His transition back into fine art was natural, as his influences as an oil painter have been classical painters such as Sargent, and Fechin, the Impressionists, and the golden age illustrators like N. C. Wyeth, Harvey Dunn, and Maxfield Parrish.

    His ever growing number of corporate and individual collectors appreciate the draftsmanship, use of light, and colorful atmosphere that Michael is able to bring to his work. In the last 12 years, he has directed his energies into painting the characters and history of the old west. “I love the various elements of 19th century frontier subject matter.  I get to combine landscapes, vintage gear and clothing, colorful characters, livestock, and interesting history all rolled into an ever growing body of work. The story telling aspect is also a lot of fun, one that is full of unlimited possibilities.”

    Dudash_A_Gathering_Storm

    A Gathering Storm
    2015, oil on linen, 40 x 56 inches

    The courage and drive of those hardy souls that pushed west in the 19th century are timeless qualities that continue to amaze and inspire me. It was the job of the scout to not only point the way, but to always sound the alarm when he saw difficulties ahead. You can decide if it’s bad weather, a closed mountain pass or a chance encounter with unfriendly natives that is at the center of this discussion in the western wilds.  

    Notable Awards and Achievements:
    2014
        Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, Quest for the West, Patrons’ Choice Award
    2014    Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, Quest for the West, Artists’ Choice Award
    2012    Saks Gallery, American Art Invitational, Collector's Choice Award
    2010    Oil Painters of America Eastern Regional Show, Award of Excellence
    2005    Oil Painters of America National Show, Holbein Award of Excellence
    2004    Oil Painters of America National Show, Best Portrait of Show Award

    Memberships:
    Oil Painters of America, Signature Member

    Publications:
    2012 
       C. Michael Dudash Western Collection: The Fine Art of Oil Painting, Western Collection

    Gallery Representation:
    Art Obsession, Inc., Tokyo, Japan
    Coeur d’Alene Gallery, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho
    Legacy Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona, and Jackson Hole, Wyoming
    Saks Gallery, Denver, Colorado
    Settlers West Galleries, Tucson, Arizona
    Southwest Gallery, Dallas, Texas
    www.cmdudash.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 Mikel Donahue

    by Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art | Aug 10, 2015
    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 Mikel Donahue.

    Donahue 2015

    Born 1956, in Tulsa, Oklahoma; lives in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma 

    MIKEL DONAHUE is best known for his impeccable depictions of cowboy life. His colored pencil drawings and paintings portray ranchers and their livestock during the day-to-day ritual of sun-up to sun-down work on the ranch. What may seem as mundane chores are captured and translated through his artistic style into moments of meaning and reflection.

    As described in the 2011 issue of Southwest Art Magazine, “A pensive, almost dream-like sheen emanates from most of Donahue’s canvases, a result of both his informed approach towards his subject matter and his technical proficiency.” A past career in commercial design helped Donahue perfect his sense of composition and understanding of the principles of design and form. His knowledge of the subject matter is aided by time spent on ranches, hundreds of photographs, and numerous sketches and field notes to remind him of certain moments.

    Donahue, who was born and raised in Tulsa, was taught about life on the ranch by his paternal grandfather who raised cattle in northcentral Oklahoma. It was Donahue’s maternal grandfather who exposed him to western art at an early age with memorable trips to Tulsa’s Gilcrease Museum, and what was then the national Cowboy Fall of Fame in Oklahoma City. Fascinated both by life on the ranch and iconic art by the likes of Charlie Russell and Frederic Remington, as an adult Donahue has become a perfect amalgam of his influences with a life breeding quarter horses with his wife Christie on their place outside Broken Arrow and an award-winning career in the arts.
    Donahue_An_Ounce_of_Prevention

    An Ounce of Prevention
    2015, Mixed Media, 12 x 12 inches
    Your horse is your partner; take care of him and he will take care of you.

    Notable Awards and Achievements:
    2013    Bosque Arts Center, Bosque Art Classic, John Steven Jones Purchase Award
    2011    Academy of Western Artists, Will Rogers Award for Artist of the Year
    2010    Buffalo Bill Historical Center, Buffalo Bill Art Show and Sale, Premier Platinum Award and William E. Weiss Purchase Award
    2009    Buffalo Bill Historical Center, Buffalo Bill Art Show and Sale, Artists’ Choice Award
    2009    American Quarter Horse Museum, America’s Horse in Art Show and Sale, Featured Artist
    2009    One man show at Remington Park in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma during the quarter horse race meet.
    2008    Working Ranch Cowboy’s Association, Art Show & Sale, Best of Show
    2006    Working Ranch Cowboy’s Association, Art Show & Sale, Best of Show

    Representation:
    Altermann Galleries, Santa Fe, New Mexico
    Settlers West Galleries, Tucson, Arizona
    Trailside Galleries, Scottsdale, Arizona, and Jackson, Wyoming

    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 Steve Devenyns

    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 Steve Devenyns.

    Devenyns 2015
    Born 1953, in St. Louis, Missouri; lives in Cody, Wyoming

    RAISED IN COLORADO, Steve Devenyns always enjoyed wildlife, the West, and wide-open spaces. He is a horseman and outdoorsman who enjoys time in the mountains and working with fellow ranchers. After an automobile accident in 1974, he spent a long recuperation period discovering the layers of his creativity which led to the start his career as an artist. Although primarily self taught, he has been influenced by many great painters including Tucker Smith, Jim Wilcox, Robert Tommey and most of all by Ray Swanson.

    Devenyns has been featured in many prestigious art magazines, including Art of the West, Southwest Art, US Art, Inform Art, and the Western Horseman, as well as many others.  He is a multiple Gold Medal Winner at the Phippen Memorial Art Show in Arizona and has been named Artist of the Year for several national organizations. Last year he was the Featured Artist at the America’s Horse in Art Show at the AQHA Museum in Amarillo Texas, and an Honored Artist at the Buffalo Bill Art Show in Cody Wyoming. His shows include the Prix de West, as well as Quest for the West at the Eiteljorg Museum, the Western Visions Show at the National Museum of Wildlife Art, the Buffalo Bill Art Show, and the Cheyenne Frontier Days Art Show.

    Devenyns_The_Caretaker
    The Caretaker
    2015, oil on linen, 24 x 18 inches
    I enjoy painting cowboys and ranchers as good stewards of the land that take great pride in caring for the animals in their charge.  This painting, "The Caretaker" is a good example of this philosophy.  Rain or Shine, they will do what it takes to provide good care for their animals.

    Notable awards and achievements:
    2010
        National Museum of Wildlife Art, Western Visions Show, Red Smith Artists’ Choice Award
    2006    Buffalo Bill Historical Center, Buffalo Bill Art Show & Sale, People’s Choice Award
    2002    Foundation for North American Sheep, Artist of the Year
    1997    Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Artist of the Year

    Gallery representation:
    Big Horn Galleries, Cody Wyoming, and Tubac, Arizona
    Cogswell Gallery, Vail, Colorado
    Settler’s West, Tucson, Arizona
    www.stevedevenyns.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. 

    Quest for the West is presented by the Western Art Society.

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  • Quest for the West Artist Mike Desatnick

    by Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art | Aug 10, 2015
    Desatnick 2015-smaller
    Born in 1943, in Hammond, Indiana; lives in Durango, Colorado. 

    MIKE DESATNICK was born in Hammond, Indiana, and after graduating from high school, worked in the local steel mills. After a decorated tour of combat in Vietnam, he began his art career by enrolling at the American Academy of Art in Chicago. After completing his studies, the faculty of the American Academy of Art invited Mike to join them, and he was a popular, award winning instructor. In the summers he traveled to the Southwest to perfect his skills. Frequent trips to Taos allowed Mike to pose and paint elders of the Pueblo, some of whom had posed for members of the Taos Society of Artists as young men. In 1978 he moved west to pursue his fine art full time. Since then his works have been published in every major art magazine and several books.

    His paintings hang in many prominent collections, and he has participated in major shows such as Allied Artists, New York, New York, Artist of America, Denver, Colorado, The Western Heritage Sale, Houston, Texas, Peking China Exhibition, Peking, China, the Masters of the American West show, Los Angeles, California, and Quest for the West at the Eiteljorg Museum. His work is also included in the U.S. Art in Embassies Program. Mike currently resides in Durango, Colorado with his wife Dyan.

     Desatnick_High_Desert_Flowers
    High Desert Flowers
    2015, oil, 48 x 30 inches
    My paintings are a reflection of life’s experiences of varied people, their traditions and cultures. I am privileged and proud to record them respectfully.

    Notable Awards and Achievements:
    1988
        American Express Collector’s Edition
    1981    American Western Art Exhibition Peking, China, Poster Artist
    1977    John F. and Anna Lee Stacey Fellowship Finalist
    1976    52nd Annual Hoosier Salon - 1st place Figure and Portrait
    1975    Society of Illustrators Annual Scholastic Award
    1975    John F. and Anna Lee Stacey Fellowship Finalist

    Gallery Representation:
    Goodnight Galleries – Mancos, Colorado

    Memberships:
    Oil Painters of America
    www.mikedesatnick.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. 
     
    Quest for the West is presented by the Western Art Society.

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