Saturday, April 13, 2013

Wildlife Art

"Chief", by Robert Bateman
Yesterday my wife, son, and I visited the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson, Wyoming (www.wildlifeart.org). Some marvelous works there, including art by Robert Bateman, Nancy Glazier, Carl Rungius, and many others. Great stuff in a great setting at the very foot of the magnificent Teton mountain range (quite the change after the sea-level flatlands of Maryland!), overlooking the National Elk Refuge. Tons of elk and bison, bighorn sheep, and lots of great birds. (Sigh)

But our next stop, a chance visit to the Trailside Gallery in downtown Jackson, was better (www.trailsidegalleries.com/). It was exciting and literally enervating to see works by the top artists of one of the most successful genres on the planet today. Katie and the super friendly staff showed me works by Mike Malm, Dustin van Wechel, Kyle Sims, Bruce Cheever, Bonnie Marris, Michael Godfrey, and many others. They answered questions about technique, sales approach, popularity, pricing, and many other things. Oh, I tell you, I could have spent much longer there than our schedule allowed. If you ever get a chance to go, do. But go when snow hasn’t closed most of the northern roads, like they did with us. Great stuff. The gallery is in Scottsdale, Arizona too. This is not a plug for them, just a gush from an aspiring artist whose breath was almost actually taken away.

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