The leadership of the Estes Park Western Heritage Foundation, Inc., and the Estes Park Museum Friends & Foundation, Inc., are pleased to announce “An Evening with Western Art: Insight and Interactive Discussion,” a community seminar to be held March 11 at the Estes Park Museum.
This community seminar on Western art arises through a partnership of the two organizations to promote the Windows to the West Art Show and Sale that will be held June 3-5, 2016.
“The missions of the two organizations are so closely aligned that a partnership seemed a perfect match” said Howell F. Wright, Chairman of the Western Heritage Foundation. “Our mission is to support educational initiatives that help preserve and/or promote the Western Heritage of the Estes Valley.” Nancy Pickering Thomas, President of the Friends Board of Directors, added that “The mission of the Estes Park Museum Friends & Foundation, Inc. is to support the mission of the Estes Park Museum through fundraising, publications, volunteerism, outreach, and special projects and events.” “Working together, our two organizations can have a significance influence on the future of the Estes Park Museum.”
The 2015 Windows to the West Art Show was one of the more significant art events in Estes Park’s history. The 2016 show is already shaping up to be even bigger than last year. Fifty Western artist from across the nation have already committed to participate in the show. It is anticipated that the art they will display will have a cumulative value of over $800,000. Wright indicated that, “In selecting this year’s artists, special attention was given to ensuring that a wide range of art mediums and Western subject matter--the themes, landscapes and wildlife of the West--are represented to engage the interests of all visitors. We also want to help folks, new to the art scene, learn about art in general and the various ways the West is reflected in the art at the Windows to the West show. This year, one of our initiatives is to provide educational experiences and art that will appeal to beginning collectors and serious collectors alike.”
Thomas added that, “While the Western Heritage Foundation wants to sell art, another goal is to educate our community and our visitors about fine Western art. I think the educational aspects of Windows to the West show complement the vision and the mission of the Friends organization. To get the education ball rolling the Friends will be hosting 'An Evening with Western Art' at the Museum."
More details on the seminar will be posted in the next several days.
To learn more about the Windows to the West show and the two organizations, go to these websites: