Western Spirit Art Show

March 4 – April 16, 2017

It’s time again for the 35th Annual Western Spirit Art Show and Sale, which features over 100 western artists from across the country and can be seen March 4, 2017 through April 16, 2017. The opening reception for the 2017 Western Spirit Art Show and Sale takes place on Saturday, March 4, 2017 at the Cheyenne Frontier Days Old West Museum.  Museum members will be admitted at 5:00 PM for a special Museum members preview party. The reception will then open to the general public at 6:00 PM. Tickets may be purchased  here or by telephoning (307) 778-7290. A special feature of the March 4th opening night festivities is the Vandewark Miniature Art exhibit. An action packed “Quick Draw” featuring six artists will begin at 7:00 PM with a live auction following the awards ceremony.  There will be live entertainment, complimentary wine & beer and heavy hors d’ oeuvres.   An artist development seminar will be conducted on Saturday, March 6, 2017, from 9:00 AM to 2:45 PM (Continental breakfast and Lunch included). There will be five different sessions. For more information about the show or seminar, please call (307) 778-7289

Artists Interested in Entering the 2017 Western spirit Art Show & Sale?

All entries are due October 31, 2016

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2017 Western Spirit Art Show Jurors

KELLY DONOVAN Art is a means by which I can preserve a fading way of life; The Cowboy Way. I use  principles of design and skills I have obtained to tell stories of the Old West. My objective is to create quality art, hoping that the painting or sculpture I’m working on is better than the last. I have received awards over the years including Best of Show, 1st place in painting & sculpture, people’s choice, and many others. My work can be found in private and corporate collections nationwide and overseas. My collectors include country music personalities such as Gary Chapman, Paul Overstreet, Gary Morris, Mel Tillis, Trace Adkins, and Charlie Daniels. His artwork also appeared in the current ABC TV series, Boom, the 2014 movie Jacki & Ryan, and the award-winning movie Sideways.  I participate in exhibitions and events all across the Western US. My home is in Corinne, Utah where I keep a full-time studio.

TRACY STUCKEY Tracy Stuckey received his BFA in painting from Florida State University and his MFA from the University of New Mexico. He has exhibited his work extensively throughout the United States, with numerous solo and group exhibitions. He has been the recipient of numerous grants and awards. In 2009 he was an artist-in-residence at the Center for Land Use Interpretation in Wendover, Utah. He lives with his wife and fellow artist Erika Osborne, in Fort Collins, Colorado. As well as being a practicing artist, Tracy is a part-time lecturer at Colorado State University, where he teaches painting and drawing. His work can be seen at the Schmidt Dean Gallery in Philadelphia, PA and the Visions West Contemporary in Denver, CO.

VIRGINIA UNSELD Virginia Unseld has been painting the western landscape for almost 40 years. Her work is about the act of joyous and expressive mark-making as much as about the subject she is painting. Virginia is primarily a plein air painter. Her studio and home are at 9200 feet in the Colorado Rockies. Unseld holds a Master’s Degree in Art Education from Rhode Island School of Design. She taught art in public schools for almost 30 years. She is a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of Colorado and the Colorado Watercolor Society and a member of Women Artists of the West and the Plein Air Artists of Colorado. She has exhibited extensively and won many awards for her work in pastels. You can read more about her work at www.virginiaunseld.com

2017 Artist Development Seminar  

Saturday, March 4, 2017 – 9:00 am to 2:45 pm

2017 Seminar Session Topics

Painting the Truth: The Authentic Old West – Kelly Donovan

Stranger in these Parts: a Discussion of Influences and the Perspective of the West as an Outsider – Tracy Stuckey

How to Sell Your Art – Ray Milczewski

The Art of Art Criticism – Virginia Unseld