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  • Quest for the West Artist Gerald Balciar

    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 Gerald Balciar.
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    Born 1942, in Medford, Wisconsin; lives in Parker, Colorado

    LIKE MANY artists, Gerald Balciar’s fascination with art began when he was a young boy. Growing up in rural Wisconsin, he was fascinated by the wild animals in the woods near his home, and taught himself to sketch them. In 1964, after learning to work in clay, he cast his first bronze, and later began to carve in stone as well.

    Balciar’s empathy for animals, enhanced by careful research and occasional work from live models, forms the basis for his sympathetic portrayals of wildlife, which are admired by zoologists and wildlife advocates. His creations range from small works to monumental installations. His largest marble is the 18-foot, 16,000-pound cougar, Canyon Princess, carved from a single block and installed at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. In order to have the marble he prefers, he stores a huge supply near his studio and on land he owns near a quarry.
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    Trumpeter Pond
    2015, bronze, edition of 30, 16 x 26 x 16 inches

    There are places in Alaska where you can fly over the tundra and see one pair of trumpeter swans on every pond. It must be a territorial thing where there is room for just one pair per pond. I enjoy watching the swans in Wyoming, especially when they come flying through overhead. Swans mate for life. The male is called a cob and the female a pen. Their young are cygnets. 

    Notable awards and achievements:
    2014
        Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, Quest for the West, Eiteljorg Keepsake
    2012    Autry National Center, Masters of the American West, Norris Foundation Sculpture Award
    2009    Society of Animal Artists, Award of Excellence
    2009    The Montana Historical Society, Western Rendezvous of Art, People's Choice Award
    2007    National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, Prix de West, James Earl Fraser Sculpture Award
    1999    Buffalo Bill Historical Center, Buffalo Bill Art Show & Sale, William E. Weiss Purchase
    1991    National Academy of Western Art, Gold Medal Award
    1990    National Academy of Western Art, Nona Jean Hulsey Rumsey Buyer’s Choice Award and Silver Medal Award
    1985    National Academy of Western Art, Prix de West Purchase Award and Gold Medal Award

    Memberships:
    National Sculpture Society
    Allied Artists of America
    Society of Animal Artists
    Northwest Rendezvous Group

    Gallery representation:
    Astoria Fine Art – Jackson, Wyoming
    Big Horn Galleries, Cody, Wyoming, and Tubac, Arizona
    Biltmore Galleries, Scottsdale, Arizona
    Broadmoor Gallery, Colorado Springs, Colorado
    Knox Galleries, Beaver Creek, Colorado
    Sorrel Sky Galleries – Durango, Colorado and Santa Fe, New Mexico
    Whistle Pik Galleries, Fredericksburg, Texas

    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 Adam Smith

    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 Adam Smith.
    A Smith 2015
    Born 1984, in Medina, Minnesota; lives in Bozeman, Montana

    BORN IN MEDINA, MINNESOTA and raised in Bozeman, Montana, Smith has spent twenty seven years surrounded by the incredible wonders of western wildlife and has worked to master the art of its accurate rendering. Smith studies nature with the acute eyes of a scientist, yet gingerly recreates it with the hands of a painter. He is no stranger to fine art as he is the son of prominent wildlife artist and fellow Quest for the West artist, Daniel Smith. Make no mistake, this young artist sets himself apart from the competition and has already garnered much success in the art world. An avid traveler and cross-country explorer, Smith finds inspiration from trips he and his father have taken to Africa, Alaska, Utah, and dozens of national parks in between.

    Gallery Representation: Trailside Galleries, Jackson Hole, Wyoming and Scottsdale, Arizona

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    Spring Runoff
    2015, acrylic, 18 x 36 inches

    Spring time in Montana is always a welcome sight. Warmer temperatures and additional moisture bring life back to the mountains. The spring runoff was in full effect and this black bear took full advantage of it. Experiences like this are what fuel my passion to paint. 

    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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  • Treasure of the SS Islander

    by Johanna Blume, Eiteljorg assistant curator of Western Art | Aug 03, 2015
    The SS Islander was a steamship owned and operated by the Canadian-Pacific Navigation Company during the Yukon-Klondike gold rush. It offered luxurious accommodations for bankers, tycoons, wealthy business owners, and others. The steamer weighed 1,519 tons, measured 240 feet in length, and was made of steel. It frequently made the trip along the inside passage to Alaska, serving the needs of those headed for the Klondike gold fields. The ship left Skagway, Alaska, on August 14, 1901, carrying 168 people and a reported $6 million in gold. The next day, south of Juneau, it struck an iceberg, took on water, and sank. The treasure and forty lives were lost. Salvage efforts soon began, continuing off and on until recent years. 

    The most successful recovery of treasure from the SS Islander took place in the last five years, with more than 1,000 ounces of gold being recovered. You can see gold and three full gold pokes – the small leather bags used to hold and transport loose gold flakes and nuggets – that were recovered from the shipwreck in Gold! Riches and Ruin. This is the first time these artifacts have been publicly exhibited, and pieces of their original seals are still intact.
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    Canadian Pacific Navigation Company Ship
    S.S. Islander, ca. 1900
    Photographer: Major James Skitt Matthews
    Image courtesy of City of Vancouver Archives
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     15 Days’ Clean Up by the Gold Run (Klondyke) Mining Co., 1886–1913
    Image courtesy of the Alaska State Library, Wickersham State Historic Site Photos, 1882–1930s; ASL-P277-001-166

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  • Jammin’ In July | Live Music Every Wednesday

    by Sandy Schmidt, Eiteljorg public programs coordinator | Jul 07, 2015
    Music. It comes in all verities. It can be loud or quiet. It can be calming or inspiring. It can create emotions and recall memories.  Some types you love and others, well….they maybe aren’t your jam.  Everyone has a favorite song, whether it is classical, hard rock, pop, country or anything in between.  You know the feeling when that song comes on… suddenly it is the only thing you want to focus on for the next three minutes and you will not hesitate to silence your friend mid story by turning the volume to a level your Mother would condemn.  Don’t lie, you like music and you probably have done that at least once in your life.  That is one of the biggest reasons we have chosen to have live music under our new addition, The Sails!  This is going to be a wonderful community spot! We will have shade, games, drinks and tunes outside the museum, right next to the Canal.  As we completely understand that people have a variety of tastes in music, we are featuring a variety of bands each Wednesday evening in July from 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. beginning on July 1st.

    We have booked some pretty great local bands including Freddie T & The People, Soundz of Santana, and Coolidge.  We also have The Indianapolis Ceili Band for a performance before they make their way to Ireland to compete!  All in all, we have a lot planned out there for that community space this summer and we would love to see your face!

    Just a head’s up, bringing your lunch to enjoy out under The Sails is wonderful…I may even venture to say blissful. Then factor in a little bit of lunch time live music that will be happening occasionally, and you will have an awesome work day break!  Wednesdays are about to get a whole lot better.

    Jammin' Line up:
     
    Soundz of Santana6
    July 8
    Soundz of Santana

    Whiloughby Sprig1
    (Willoughby Sprig)


    July 15
    Willoughby Sprig,  
    Indiana Old Time Ambassadors 
    Indianapolis Ceili Band 2014
    July 22
    Indianapolis Ceili Band
    Emily Ann Thompson Band

    July 29
    Frank Dean, Scott Parkhurst and LuAnn Lancton
    Coolidge
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  • Hard Rock, Hard Luck

    by Johanna Blume, Eiteljorg assistant curator of Western Art | Jul 05, 2015

    Come to camp with our Spirits way down dont [sic] like the looks of the country. [A]nd I dont [sic] like the looks of the men dont [sic] believe there is a claim on the creek that will pay wages. —Jerry Bryan, 1876 

    The general character of my mining has been to get the ore out, reduce it to bullion, and sell it . . . [I]n other words, we were engaged in what is called legitimate mining . . . On the whole, I think that mining is about the best business of all. —George Hearst, in his 1890 memoir

    In 1876 approximately 10,000 fortune seekers poured into Deadwood Gulch with dreams of easily gotten gold. For most, these dreams were quickly shattered when reality hit. The canyon terrain was extremely rough and difficult to navigate. The most profitable claims were scattered haphazardly throughout the Hills, isolated from one another. The richest deposits of gold were veins running through hard rock, which necessitated the use of heavy machinery like stamp mills to extract the gold.

    None of these conditions were conducive to success for individual miners or small mining companies, and it didn’t take long for larger companies to squeeze out the competition. In the latter part of the nineteenth and early part of the twentieth centuries, gold mining in the Black Hills underwent rapid industrialization, with the Homestake Mining Company dominating the field.

    The Homestake claim was first filed in April 1876 by brothers Fred and Moses Manuel, but soon after was purchased from them by George Hearst. A veteran of the California gold rush who had made his fortune running a general merchandise store and investing in mines, Hearst rapidly expanded the mine’s operations. The city of Lead (pronounced “leed”) developed with the mine and was a company town. It was the largest and deepest gold mine in North America, and until it closed January 2002, one of the most productive. The mine has since been converted into a deep underground science and engineering laboratory, renamed the Sanford Underground Research Facility, and is used by physicists to study neutrinos and dark matter.

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    Between Pluma and Lead in 1890, 1890
    Image courtesy of Historic Deadwood, Inc., Adams Museum Collection; 0070.220.001

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    Homestake Workings, ca. 1920
    Image courtesy of Deadwood History, Inc., Homestake Mining Company Collection; 61-16

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    Carpenter Crew, ca. 1900
    Image courtesy of Deadwood History, Inc., Homestake Mining Company Collection; 25-1

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