The Brin­ton Mu­seum

239 Brin­ton Road, Big Horn, WY 82833, (307) 672- 3173 www.the­brin­ton­mu­

Western Art Collector - - STATE OF THE ART WYOMING -

The Brin­ton Mu­seum is lo­cated on the his­toric Quar­ter Cir­cle A Ranch in the foothills of the Bighorn Moun­tains. An avid col­lec­tor of fine art, Amer­i­can In­dian ar­ti­facts, firearms and books, Brad­ford Brin­ton spent sev­eral months each year at the Quar­ter Cir­cle A Ranch House, fill­ing his home with fine and beau­ti­ful items. He was per­sonal friends with many artists, such as Ed Bor­ein, Hans Kleiber and Bill Gollings, whose art dec­o­rated the ranch house. He also col­lected works by Fred­eric Rem­ing­ton, Charles M. Rus­sell and John J. Audubon. Af­ter pass­ing away in 1936, he left the Quar­ter Cir­cle A Ranch prop­erty to his sis­ter, He­len Brin­ton, who, be­fore her pass­ing, es­tab­lished a trust so the Quar­ter Cir­cle A Ranch could be kept as a me­mo­rial to her brother. He­len wished for the pub­lic to en­joy Brad­ford’s mag­nif­i­cent col­lec­tion of art and that the ranch land be kept in a nat­u­ral state to pro­vide sanc­tu­ary for birds and other wildlife. Brad­ford and He­len Brin­ton left an en­dur­ing legacy of the golden era of an early 20th-cen­tury gen­tle­man’s work­ing ranch.

The Wild West had been tamed, the vast range­lands fenced and mo­tor­ized ve­hi­cles were re­plac­ing horses. Amer­i­cans were cling­ing to the im­ages of hardy cow­boys, noble In­di­ans and un­tamed land filled with birds and wild beasts. Brad­ford and He­len Brin­ton have helped pre­serve the feel­ing of the West for gen­er­a­tions to come. In­cor­po­rated in 2013, the new mu­seum at the Brad­ford Brin­ton Ranch launched a cam­paign to build a 24,000-square-foot state-of-the-art mu­seum build­ing, which opened June 2015, to in­crease ex­hi­bi­tion space, vis­i­tor ser­vices and stor­age vaults. With the new For­rest E. Mars Jr. Build­ing, the Brin­ton Mu­seum re­mains com­mit­ted to pre­serv­ing and in­ter­pret­ing the Brin­ton lands and all of the mu­seum’s col­lec­tions in or­der to demon­strate their rel­e­vance to the his­toric past, present and fu­ture. Brin­ton Mu­seum’s col­lect­ing em­pha­sis con­cen­trates on Amer­i­can In­dian arts and crafts as well as fine and dec­o­ra­tive art re­lat­ing to the late-19th, 20th and 21st cen­turies. Fo­cus is placed on art and artists who de­picted the West dur­ing these pe­ri­ods. Up­com­ing and cur­rent shows and events at the Brin­ton Mu­seum in­clude Car­rie Bal­lan­tyne Comes Home, run­ning through July 15, as well as the Bighorn Ren­dezvous Art Show & Sale from July 22 to Au­gust 4.

A view of the Brin­ton Mu­seum build­ing and Quar­ter Cir­cle A Ranch land.

Far left: The Brin­ton Mu­seum, Au­tumn Along the Belle Fourche River, pas­tel, 24 x 30", by Paul Wal­dum. Left: The Brin­ton Mu­seum, Wy­oming Blue Eyes, oil, 15 x 12", by Car­rie Bal­lan­tyne. Col­lec­tion of John Zale.

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