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2010 Prix de West Opening Weekend Features Top Artists, Speakers and Demonstrations

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One of the West's most celebrated art exhibitions and auction, the 37th annual Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibition and Sale, gets underway June 11-13 at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City.

Featuring more than 110 artists, the 2010 exhibit will include more than 300 Western paintings and sculpture by the finest contemporary Western artists in the nation. Art seminars, receptions and an awards banquet round out the exhibition's opening events. Reservations are required for most opening weekend activities.

The exhibiting artists bring a diversity of styles to this prestigious art exhibition.

Works range from historical pieces that reflect the early days of the West, to more contemporary and impressionist works of art. Landscapes, wildlife and illustrative scenes are always highlighted in the exhibition.

The annual exhibition kicks off with two days of seminars on art-related topics and art demonstrations, a sale of all the submitted works and finishes with the Prix de West Perk, a new event on Sunday morning.

This year will continue the tradition of the minimum-bid sale. Any Prix de West patron with a registered ballot book may participate in the minimum-bid sale. In addition, a live auction of art will be offered during the banquet.

The tentative 2010 seminar and art demonstrations feature an impressive cross-section of presenters.

On Friday, June 11, Michael Duty, managing director - Fine & Decorative Arts, Heritage Auction, Dallas, Texas, will lecture on ‘"One Good Painting'- The Art of Wilson Hurley." Bob Pickering, senior curator at Gilcrease Museum, Tulsa, Oklahoma, will speak about "The Image of the Bison." Prix de West Artist Curt Walters, Sedona, Arizona, will discuss "Plein Air Painting." The final speaker of the day is Ron McCoy, professor of history, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Oklahoma, who will lecture on "The Image of Last Stand in Western Art." During lunch break, authors and artists will participate in a book signing.

The seminar Saturday, June 12, features an artist panel discussion with Prix de West artists Sherrie McGraw, Randal M. Dutra, Ross Matteson and Bill Anton, moderated by Edna Mae Holden. Following the panel will be the National Cowboy Museum's new curator of art, Anne Morand, to discuss "Charlie Russell at the Pablo Bison Roundup." The 2010 Prix de West Purchase Award winner will be announced at noon followed by an author and artist book signing.

The Saturday lectures are followed by three simultaneous demonstrations by Prix de West artists. Joseph Bohler, Colorado, will demonstrate his watercolor painting techniques. George Hallmark, Texas, will focus on oil painting and the influence of architecture on his work. Richard Loffler, Canada, will demonstrate wildlife sculpture and talk about working with live animals as models.

Art enthusiasts can extend their visit by enrolling in Academy of Western Art Workshops.

Experience an upbeat four-day workshop "The Joy of Watercolor," June 7-10. The workshop will explore how to keep a positive attitude while working in the exciting medium of watercolor. Instructed by Prix de West artist Joseph Bohler, the class will include demonstrations, instruction on brush control and subject matter, group critiques and individual guidance. Students can expect to leave with confidence and a notebook full of information. Skill level required: beginner to advanced.

From 14-17, Prix de West artist Randal M. Dutra will instruct an intensive workshop that will place painters and sculptors working side-by-side with a common focus on animal subjects. Presentations will cover important aspects of painting, sculpting, animal action and anatomy, an appreciation for the genre, hands-on instruction, personal constructive critiques and encouraged interaction. Skill level required: intermediate to advanced. Tuition for each workshop is $350. Limited enrollment; advance reservations required.

Package or a la carte pricing are available for opening weekend which includes substantial discounts for members of the National Cowboy Museum. Guests are encouraged to become members now or when making Prix de West reservations. In addition to Prix de West savings, members enjoy regular communication from the Museum to keep them abreast of the Prix de West event, as well as others throughout the year.

The exhibition runs through Sept. 6.  For information about Prix de West opening weekend or to make reservations, order a catalog of art or make arrangements for proxy bidding, call (405) 478-2250 or visit
www.nationalcowboymuseum.org .

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