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26th-annual Western Visions® March 28, 2013  |  Categories: Western Visions

Western Visions Offers Fall Connection to Art and Nature in Jackson Hole
Artist-centric events include hands-on workshops with wild animal models

Jackson Hole, Wyoming – March 25, 2013 – Art and nature combine for a stunning display in Jackson Hole each September as leaves take on their fall colors and the National Museum of Wildlife Art presents its 26th-annual Western Visions®, a month-long art celebration that combines lectures, hands-on workshops and fabulous artsy parties with the chance to see and purchase the best of Western contemporary art.  This year’s Western Visions, August 17 – September 22, 2013, includes opportunities to meet with featured artists Mark Eberhard and Veryl Goodnight, as well as free events like Palates and Palettes on September 6, a refreshment-laden tour of the museum and Jackson galleries, and two artist-led “Sneak Peeks” at the Western Visions artworks on August 16 and 29.

On Thursday, September 12, the 2013 featured artists will give special “Go Wild” presentations featuring appearances by real wildlife. From 10:00 – 11:30 a.m., sculptor and painter Veryl Goodnight will give a lecture and sketch workshop exploring the evolution of wolves to domestic dogs. “Animals are my greatest source of joy and inspiration,” says the Colorado artist, who works from live animal models, which she says provide information “that a thousand photos couldn’t convey.”

From 1:00 – 2:30 p.m., also on September 12, Ohio painter Mark Eberhard will lead a process and sketch workshop demonstrating the development from “wild guest” to finished piece of art. “I want [people] to see the beauty and humanity in nature that I see,” says the artist, whose distinctive paintings of birds have earned him numerous national awards.  Tickets are $75 for each of the featured artist workshops, or $100 for a combo ticket with the chance to meet two wild animals. Registration is required by September 4 by calling 307-732-5411 or online at www.westernvisions.org.

Scheduled events for 2013 Western Visions include the Sketch Show & Sale and Original Prints Show & Sale, August 17 – September 22; the Jewelry and Artisan Luncheon, September 11 the 26th Annual Wild West Artist Party, September 12; and the 26th Annual Miniatures and More Show & Sale, September 13. A coffee-in-the-gallery Art A’ Brewin’ event September 25 allows a final in-person chance to browse works still available for sale.

Since its inception Western Visions has been a signature event of the Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival, now in its 29th year and taking place September 5 – 15, 2013. Funds raised from the annual Western Visions support educational programming at the museum. For a complete calendar of events, visit www.wildlifeart.org or contact Jennifer Lee at 307.732.5412.

A member of the Museums West consortium and accredited by the American Association of Museums, the museum, officially designated the National Museum of Wildlife Art of the United States by an act of Congress in 2008, provides an exciting calendar of exhibitions from its permanent collection and changing exhibitions from around the globe.  A complete schedule of exhibitions and events is available online at www.wildlifeart.org.  The museum is also active on Facebook and on Twitter at @WildlifeArtJH.

Image Credits: From left: Mark Eberhard, “The Trickster,” Oil on Board 12 x 12 inches; Veryl Goodnight, “Peanuts,” Bronze, 7 x 11 x 6 inches.

Media Contacts: Darla Worden, WordenGroup Strategic Public Relations, 307.734.5335, darla@wordenpr.com; Ponteir Sackrey, National Museum of Wildlife Art, 307.732.5444, psackrey@wildlifeart.org

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