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April 1, 2013

American West exhibit continues at college’s Pearce Museums

Corsicana — The Pearce Museum hosted the opening event for the Artists of the American West Show and Sale on March 9.

Those in attendance experienced the down-home, country spirit of the evening through the beautiful décor of sunflowers, burlap, and rustic accents as well as the hospitality of the museum staff and the friendly nature of the artists who were from every possible corner of the country.

Glen Cochran — medical doctor, cowboy, artist, and storyteller — was the evening’s emcee. He spoke about the rich traditions of the West, about the Artists of the American West, and about their desire to reflect those traditions through their artwork.  

The Artist’s Choice Award was presented by Roland and Joyce Jones of the Bosque Art Center in Clifton.  

“Accolades are fleeting, but if you are going to be recognized, who better than by your fellow artists,” said Joyce Jones as she presented the award to sculptor Tim Harmon for his outstanding body of work.  

The Pearce Museum had the honor of selecting the Museum Choice Award for a single work in the show, which proved difficult for the staff.  

“The show was full of such high quality work that we had a hard time choosing just one — so we didn’t,” said Holly Wait, director of the Pearce Museum.

Two artists were chosen for the honor — Roger Archibald and Steve Atkinson.  “Waitin’ on the Remudo” by Archibald featured a cowboy with his hands at his waist, detailed from hat to boots. It was chosen for its quality and intricate detail work in pencil.  Atkinson’s “Eye for an Eye,” which put the viewer squarely in the sights of a cowboy’s revolver, was chosen for its unique, though unsettling, perspective and innovative style.

The AAWs Show and Sale consisted of 85 works of art by 27 artists. Patrons meandering through the gallery heard stories, jokes, and anecdotes about the work that hung on the walls. Pieces began to sell quickly as people flooded the gallery. A group of miniatures provided by the core membership proved to be very popular, with half selling out in the first hour. Although small, they sure packed an aesthetic “wallop.”

The Artists of the American West Show will be on display through Saturday, April 13.  Work is still available for purchase.

The Pearce Museum is open to the public Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday, noon to 4 p.m. General admission applies. NC employees, students, and museum members come in free with id.  

For more information about the Pearce Museum, call 903-875-7642.

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