Art lovers from far and wide will assemble at the National Museum of Wildlife Art this Friday, September 16 for the 24th annual Miniatures and More Show & Sale, a hot ticket to a gala evening of fun, refreshments, and high-stakes art bidding – including, this year, a conte crayon sketch, “Bear, Sitting by Tree” (shown above right), by the late, great wildlife art master Bob Kuhn.
The signature event of the museum’s month-long Western Visions, the Miniatures and More Show & Sale allows connoisseurs a final opportunity to place bids on more than 1,000 artworks for sale. This year’s guests also will have the opportunity to use a new, more efficient digital bidding system – and to get a peek at the ongoing construction work around the museum’s recent building upfits and much-anticipated new sculpture trail.
“We have plenty to celebrate this year,” says Ponteir Sackrey, Barnes Family Director of Development & Marketing for the museum. “Our curator of art Adam Harris promises bidding will be exciting for the Kuhn sketch. At the same time we’re grateful for new paving on our recently reconfigured parking lots and entrance road – and the chance to show off the sculpture trail, for which the final section of concrete was just poured.”
Additional events include special art demos with 2011 Western Visions featured artists: Daniel Smith will lead a free “Miniature Masterpieces with the Artist” event Sept. 13 from 5 – 7 p.m., and Bart Walter is offering a hands-on program and luncheon on Sept. 15 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., for $60 (prior registration required). The Sketch Show & Sale and Original Prints Show & Sale will be on view through Sept. 25. The Jewelry and Artisan Luncheon takes place Sept. 14, with the rollicking meet-the-artists Wild West Artist Party the evening of Sept. 15. And on Sept. 28, a coffee-in-the-gallery Art A’ Brewin’ event provides a final chance to browse and buy remaining works for sale.
Bidding is ongoing leading up to the Friday Miniatures and More Show & Sale, which begins at 3:30 on Sept. 16. Bids are accepted until 6:30 p.m. that evening, with winning bidders announced in a presentation that begins at 7 p.m.; tickets for the event are $75. For reservations and a complete calendar of events for Western Visions, visit www.wildlifeart.org or contact Jennifer Lee at 307.732.5412. Anonline catalog allows an opportunity participate in the bidding for those who can’t attend in person.
A member of the Museums West consortium and accredited by the American Association of Museums, the National Museum of Wildlife Art of the United States provides an exciting calendar of exhibitions from its permanent collection and changing exhibitions from around the globe. A complete schedule of museum exhibitions and events is available online at www.wildlifeart.org. The museum is also active on Facebook at wildlifeartjh and on Twitter at @wildlifeartjh.