How The West Is Done

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What classifies artwork as Western art? Is it the artist, the subject, the materials, the location or style? The patrons of Gilcrease Museum’s Rendezvous have seen hundreds of paintings, sculptures and more at the annual celebration and sale of Western art. If one had to explore the question, surely this year’s Rendezvous is the best place to start.

Gilcrease Museum welcomes fans to view the pieces by 35 distinguished Rendezvous artists from past years’ shows at a special event on April 13. Among those to submit work are Cyrus Afsary, Glenna Goodacre, Blair Buswell and last year’s featured artist Veryl Goodnight.

The sale is important to Gilcrease. Proceeds from the sale are used to purchase new pieces for the museum’s expanding permanent collection of historical and contemporary pieces. Work will be sold on April 13. Anything left will also be available for purchase through July 15.

Along with the sale and exhibit, Gilcrease offers a three-day master class in sculpture with Rendezvous artist Sandy Scott, April 10-12 at Gilcrease House. On April 13, there will be two Rendezvous Reunion Artists’ Talks with painter John Moyers and sculptor Blair Buwell. Moyers will discuss his style and plein air technique, and Buswell talks about the skill and inspiration behind carving the human face and figure.

A Meet the Artists Brunch follows on April 14.

For fans of the genre, the “what” isn’t as important as the “where,” “when” and “who.” Where do you find Western art, when is the sale and who are the artists? For all the answers and more, go online to www.gilcrease.utulsa.edu.
 

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