33rd Annual Western Spirit Art Show and Sale

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It’s time again for the 33rd Annual Western Spirit Art Show and Sale!
The Western Spirit Art Show features over 100 western Artists from across the country and can be seen March 1, 2014 through April 13, 2014.

The opening reception for the Western Spirit Art Show and Sale takes place on Saturday March 1, 2014 at the Cheyenne Frontier Days Old West Museum. Museum members will be admitted at 5:00 PM for a special preview and reception.  The show will be open to the general public at 6:00 PM. Tickets are just $30.00 for museum members and $40.00 for non-members. Tickets and membership packages may be purchased in advance by telephoning (307) 778-7290.

A special feature of the March 1st opening night festivities is the Vandewark Miniature Art exhibit sponsored by the Wyoming Tribune Eagle. Miniature Sales will begin at 5:00 PM for museum members.

A “Quick Draw” will also begin at 7:30 PM with a live auction following the awards ceremony. There will be complimentary wine, beer and gourmet hors d’ oeuvres catered by the Holiday Inn.

An artist development seminar will be conducted on Saturday, March 1, 2014 from 8:15 AM to 3:30 PM.

2014 Western Spirit Art Show Schedule

November 18 - December 6, 2013 Juror selection period

December 9-13, 2013 Acceptance and Quickdraw notification mailed.

January 27- 31, 2014 Delivery of accepted work, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday - Friday ONLY

February 28, 2014 Juror judging of accepted work, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

February 28, 2014 Artist Icebreaker, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

March 1, 2014 -OPENING WEEKEND
Saturday 8:15 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Western Art Seminar

Saturday 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Members Only Preview

Saturday 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Opening Reception

April 13, 2014 Show Closes

April 14 - 18, 2014 Shipping and pick-up of unsold artwork, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday - Friday ONLY


2014 Western Spirit Art Show Jurors

Manitou Galleries is one of the foremost galleries in the West, with locations in Santa Fe, and in Cheyenne, Wyoming. The gallery offers one of the finest collections of contemporary representational paintings, sculpture, prints, glass, and fine jewelry. Manitou Galleries established in 1975, is run by husband and wife team in by Robert and Charla Nelson.  Through appreciation of art and antiques they have worked to build a strong, credible reputation as a fine art and historic collectible resource to collectors worldwide.

Mark Ritchie lives and works in Laramie, Wyoming where he teaches at the University of Wyoming. His work in printmaking is rooted in a love of drawing and both continue to be companions in his work. One often informs the other in his studio and he frequently draws on prints and prints on drawings.

E.K. Wimmer is an artist and curator currently serving as Curator of Art for the Nicolaysen Art Museum in Casper, Wyoming. He was born in New York, was raised in New Mexico and has lived throughout the West. He is a graduate of the University of Montana and the University of Denver where he received his MA from the School of Art and Art History. E.K. works in multiple disciplines including painting, photography, printmaking, video installation, collage and film composition. E.K. Wimmer's art can be found in private collections spanning New York City to Los Angeles, England, Canada, Australia and within the permanent collection of the Homna Art Museum in Sakata, Japan.



Artist Development Seminar
Saturday, March 1, 2014
8:15 a.m. - 2:45 p.m.

$30.00 Museum members, $40.00 non-members, $50.00 for everyone at the door
(A continental breakfast & lunch are included) 

There will be five different sessions lead by our three jurors and special guests. 
Whether you are an experienced artist or just starting out, there is something for you at the
2014 Western Spirit Art Show and Sale artist Seminar.

8:15am – 9:00am Registration, Continental Breakfast and Tour


9:00am – 9:45am  Bob and Charla Nelson –  Manitou Galleries
Working with Art Galleries- Gallery Guidelines When Seeking New Artists:
1) If the work "fits" the look and feel of the gallery and the stable of existing artists (i.e. subject matter, palette, etc.).
2) Preparing work to be sold, including finishing and framing.
3) Pricing-be flexible and open-minded to advice from the gallery and be consistent in your pricing.


10:00am – 10:45am Mark Ritchie – University of Wyoming 
Identifying your Path: Finding Resources & Making Community
There are many ways to be an artist and lots of opportunities to support the variety of routes. Residencies can take many forms.  They are places to retreat and places to meet and interact with other artists.  They can take you out of your experience or provide time and focus to engage in your studio practice.   Similarly, workshops provide a connection to other artists and to new technical practice. Conferences are convened to support content and technical approaches and the exhibitions, speakers and panel discussions that comprise conferences immerse participants in conversation about new and familiar material.  In this presentation I will introduce resources and places to find information about residencies, conferences and workshops and discuss the benefits and issues surrounding each opportunity.


11:00am – 11:45pm – EK Wimmer –Nicolaysen Art Museum

If you want to be a professional artist start acting like it

How to present yourself on-line, how to claim yourself as a freelance artist on taxes, i.e. Holding onto receipts, studio space, sales and more. How to present your work to curators and gallery owners. How to shift from being a hobby artist to a professional artist.


12:00pm – 1:00pm – Lunch


1:00pm – 1:45pm – Karmen Rossi – Wyoming Arts Alliance
Showcasing/Block Booking for Visual Artists?

Learn how 20:20 presentations and Block Booking opportunities can be a marketing tool for visual artists.  Conferences with Block Booking components offer an unparalleled chance for visual artists interested in reaching the emerging market of presenting opportunities.  Showcasing offers a unique ability to exhibit work and connect with others.  Discussion begins with a brief overview of who and what the Wyoming Arts Alliance is.  Moving on to discuss the differing types of presentations, developing your pitch, and tailoring it to community needs.


2:00pm – 2:45pm – TBA –

How Disappearing Open Space drives Contemporary Western Art

Laura will discuss her connections to the west from a memory based perspective. How the landscape and horizon fuel her continued desire to make the western ideal a part of her work. Laura will provide a  background into her journey as a recognized contemporary artist concluding with how her past and connection to the west is driving her current body of work. 







Western Spirit is sponsored in part by:


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Visitors Information
Events Calendar
CFD Walking Tall
Hall of Fame
Western Spirit Art Show
Western Art Show
Children's Programs and Camps
Museum Purchase Collection
Cheyenne Club and Endowment Club
Carriage Ball
Dazee Bristol Society
Wall of Honor
Facility Rentals
About Us
Photo Gallery

General Admission
- $10.00


Seniors and Military
- $8.00

Students ages 12-18 and Laramie County residents
- $5.00

Free - Children 12 and under
Sorry no double discounts.

For Groups of 100+ Please Contact Museum for Group Pricing

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