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  • Quest for the West Artist John Fawcett

    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 John Fawcett.

     Fawcett 2015 (2)

    Born 1952, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa; lives in Clark, Colorado 

    ALTHOUGH HE WAS INTERESTED IN ART as a boy, John Fawcett pursued a career in veterinary medicine. The desire to paint was always there and, in 1996, after practicing for 20 years, he sold his hospital so that he could paint full time.

    A self-taught artist, Fawcett works in both watercolor and oil. “It depends on the subject matter,” he notes. “There is a certain softness and fluidness with watercolors, while oils provide rich color and textures and a buttery feeling.”

    Fawcett pursues his passion in the mountains of Colorado and the rolling hills of Pennsylvania with his wife Elizabeth and their horses and dogs. After decades spent studying and being inspired by his subjects, he focuses on the relationships between animals and people. “I want the viewer to be able to smell the horse, hear the hoof beats—to have all their senses taken in by in the painting.”

    Fawcett_A_Spoonful_Of_Sugar

    A Spoon Full of Sugar
    2015, oil, 20 x 24 inches
    Early settlers and homesteaders were eager to trade with the Plains tribes to obtain furs and buffalo hides, as well as to keep peace and offer unfamiliar goods that the Indians came to rely on and crave. Although the tribes were used to tea and coffee made from plants, the white man’s coffee was stronger and adding sugar to sweeten it pleased all.
     
    Notable Awards and Achievements:
    2014    Autry National Center, Masters of the American West Fine Art Exhibition & Sale, Watercolor Award
    2010    Autry National Center, Masters of the American West Fine Art Exhibition & Sale, Watercolor Award
    2009    Friends of Western Art, Tucson, Arizona, Artist of the Year Award
    2006    Cheyenne Frontier Days Show, Museum Purchase Award
    2006    Autry National Center, Masters of the American West Fine Art Exhibition & Sale, Watercolor Award
    1997    National Park Service, Arts for the Parks, U.S. Art Award of Merit
    1996    Buffalo Bill Historical Center, Buffalo Bill Art Show & Sale, Artists’ Choice Award

    Memberships:
    Honorary Lifetime Artist Member M.O. Club, Tucson, Arizona
    Signature Member American Association of Equine Artists

    Gallery Representation:
    Insight Gallery, Fredericksburg, Texas
    Settlers West Gallery, Tucson, Arizona
    The Legacy Gallery, Jackson, Wyoming, and Scottsdale, Arizona
    www.johnfawcettstudio.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 of the West is presented by the Western Art Society.

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  • Quest for the West Artist Tony Eubanks

    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 Tony Eubanks.

    Eubanks 2015
    Born 1939, in Dallas, Texas; lives in Clifton, Texas

     
    EVEN THOUGH his artistic gift was apparent while he was a young child, Tony Eubanks had not planned a career in art until a chance encounter with an art class while he was a student at Texas Tech University led him to change direction. After observing the class, it occurred to him that he, too, could make art. Abruptly abandoning his plans to become a rancher, he began to take art classes, eventually earning a Bachelor of Arts in illustration at North Texas University, followed by post graduate studies at the Los Angeles Art Center.

    His early career was spent doing illustrations out of New York. He has done work for Time Magazine and National Geographic, among others too numerous to mention. Since the late 1970s, Eubanks has worked exclusively as a fine artist who prefers to paint diverse subjects, finding that variety helps hold his interest and keeps him “fresh.” He speculates that he is attracted to new themes “in the same way an actor is attracted to new roles.” Tony, who works primarily in oil, shows his work in various galleries and shows. He is an active member of the Western Rendezvous of Art, and along with Quest for the West, he also exhibits at the Prix de West in Oklahoma City. Subjects for Eubanks' paintings include landscapes, figures, cowboys, and Indians.

    Eubanks_Approaching_Storm_Near_Taos
    Approaching Storm Near Taos
    2015, oil, 36 x 50 inches
    Taos is a wonderful location anytime of the year, but fall can be especially enchanting.  The chamisa are beginning to lose their yellow dominance and the trees are changing their colors so gracefully. I think Taos has had a sacred element - first to Native peoples - but followed by many artists who have appreciated its beauty and uniqueness. Since I love the area and have painted it so frequently, it holds a very special place in my heart.

    Notable awards and achievements:
    Copley Society of Art, Award of Merit
    Salmagundi Club, Samuel T. Shaw Memorial Award and Arthur T. Hill Memorial Award

    Memberships:
    Northwest Rendezvous Group
    www.tonyeubanks.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 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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