Bosque Art Clas­sic

The Bosque Art Clas­sic re­turns to the Bosque Arts Cen­ter for its 33rd year.

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Clifton, TX

From Septem­ber 9 to 22, the Bosque Art Clas­sic, the na­tional ju­ried ex­hi­bi­tion and sale known for its in­clu­sion of works by some of the top Western artists in the coun­try, will dis­play art­work in a va­ri­ety of cat­e­gories com­pris­ing draw­ing, oil/acrylic, pas­tel, sculp­ture and wa­ter me­dia. Past win­ners re­turn­ing to the show this year in­clude Her­man Walker, Kathy Tate, Randy Meador, Matt Atkin­son, Jeff Se­gler, Wil­liam Sch­nei­der, Joel Ed­wards, Cindy Long and many oth­ers.

“I am look­ing for­ward to see­ing some of the best ef­forts by artists from around the coun­try,” says Walker. “The qual­ity and di­ver­sity of the work is al­ways amaz­ing and a joy to see.” For the 2018 show, Walker brings an oil ti­tled Blanca, a por­trait of a young, white heifer. “Blanca is like a teenager—she is con­fi­dent but ques­tions the hu­man in­tru­sion into her space.”

An­other pre­vi­ous win­ner, Don Weller brings to this year’s show a wa­ter­color ti­tled Down In, set in Mary Jane Canyon in south­ern Utah. The piece il­lus­trates the dan­gers of be­ing trapped by a flash flood, as well as the un­easi­ness of the horse that senses the po­ten­tial per­ils ahead, Weller ex­plains.

New­com­ers to the show this year in­clude sculp­tors Jeff Rechin and Gary Ward, as well as wa­ter­col­orist Tim Oliver. “I am so ex­cited to be in­cluded in the Bosque Art Clas­sic,” says Ward. “I have tried for a num­ber of years to get in, and it is a great honor to fi­nally be cho­sen. I am re­ally look­ing for­ward to see­ing my work on dis­play with all of the in­cred­i­ble work that makes up this show.” Known for his highly de­tailed carv­ings of wild­fowl, Rechin brings to the show an owl sculp­ture made from Tu­pelo wood and painted us­ing acrylics. One of the big­gest chal­lenges, he says, is pulling off a re­al­is­tic look for the feath­ers. “I was re­ally try­ing to

cap­ture some­thing most peo­ple never see. The world of a flam­mu­lated owl,” Rechin says, adding that the flam­mu­lated owl is one of the only species in the coun­try with dark­col­ored eyes, rather than the quin­tes­sen­tial bright yel­low most peo­ple as­so­ciate with the noc­tur­nal hunter.

Com­pañeros, a pas­tel by Maryneil Dance, de­picts two wolves sur­rounded by a frigid land­scape. The piece came into be­ing af­ter a pho­tog­ra­phy sa­fari to Alaska and Colorado to study wolf sanc­tu­ar­ies, the artist ex­plains. “I was ut­terly in­spired by their in­tel­li­gence, friendly and play­ful be­hav­ior, along with their abil­ity to make strong emo­tional at­tach­ments with each other. They are so much like us. I want to cap­ture the trust and re­laxed con­fi­dence they have in the wild as they are de­cid­ing their next ad­ven­ture,” says Dance.

The Bosque Art Clas­sic awards over $15,500 in prizes, in­clud­ing the $5,000 John Steven Jones Pur­chase Award and the $1,000 Art Pa­trons Pur­chase Award. The show and sale, hosted and spon­sored by the BAC Art Coun­cil, will be­gin with an open­ing night awards cer­e­mony and din­ner on Septem­ber 8. Ticket sales open in Au­gust and must be pur­chased in ad­vance.

Her­man Walker re­ceives the John Steven Jones Pur­chase Award from Roland and Joyce Jones at the 2017 Bosque Art Clas­sic. The Bosque Arts Cen­ter Roland Jones Me­mo­rial Gallery.

Don Weller, Down In, wa­ter­color, 13 x 21”

Van John­son, Caught on the Run, oil on can­vas, 15 x 30” Her­man Walker, Blanca, oil, 10 x 8” Jeff Rechin, Night Shift, Tu­pelo wood and acrylic, 20½ x 9 x 5”

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