High Desert Museum plans annual “Art in the West” exhibition and writing auction
BEND, Ore. (KTVZ) – The High Desert Museum will unveil an exceptional collection of traditional and contemporary art on Thursday, July 29 in its annual edition Art in the West exhibition and silent auction. This year’s jury exhibition, by invitation only, will feature more than 90 works of art by 59 artists of regional and national renown.
“All Art in the West The exhibit is unique, which makes it a new experience that Museum visitors enjoy year after year, ”said Museum Executive Director Dana Whitelaw, Ph.D.“ And it’s a wonderful way both to bring home unique works of art and to support the artists and the museum. ”
Silent auctions will be available online for the second year, with the possibility of directly purchasing works of art. The call for tenders will be launched on July 29 and will continue until the close of the exhibition on Saturday October 16. Opening bids for art range from $ 100 to $ 5,000.
The works selected for the exhibition are as varied as the artists themselves. The exhibition features sculptures, paintings and photographs expressing responses to the landscapes, history, cultures and fauna of the High Desert in mediums ranging from oil to acrylic to mixed media. .
This year’s Curator’s Choice Award goes to Rudi Broschofsky for his play Gus. Broschofsky is an Idaho-based artist whose work presents a modern take on otherwise traditional Western subjects through the use of intricate stencils, spray paint, and resin. His paintings are colorful and the subject matter is bold and powerful. Broschofsky is represented by several galleries, including Modern West Fine Art in Salt Lake City, Utah; Broschofsky Galleries in Sun Valley, Idaho; and Flat Blak Gallery in Portland.
The Jury Prize goes to Tamara Ruiz for her vibrant oil painting Desert drama. Ruiz is a contemporary artist who creates from a small farm in Nebraska. His years in the Midwest among small towns and open prairies have had an impact on both the style and subject matter of his work. In 2013, Ruiz had a month-long solo exhibition at the Nebraska Governor’s Residence in Lincoln. She has also exhibited her work at the CM Russell Museum in Great Falls, Montana and at the Desert Caballeros Museum in Wickenburg, Arizona.
The product of the Art in the West The auctions help support the Museum’s educational programs, providing education in science, art and history to lifelong learners across the region.
A link to the gallery guide to the works of art in the exhibition will be available exclusively on the Museum’s website starting Thursday, July 22 at highdesertmuseum.org/art-in-the-west. Auctions end and the exhibition ends on Saturday October 16, and buyers will be contacted on Monday October 18.
Art in the West is made possible by First Interstate Bank with support from Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty, St. Charles Health System and Western Art Collector magazine.
ABOUT THE MUSEUM:
THE HIGH DESERT MUSEUM opened in Bend, Oregon in 1982. It brings together wildlife, cultures, art, history and the natural world to convey the wonders of the high desert of North America. The museum is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, is an affiliate of the Smithsonian, received the 2019 Charles Redd Award from the Western Museums Association for excellence in exhibition and in 2021 is the recipient of the museum’s national medal. and library service. To learn more, visit highdesertmuseum.org and follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.