The future will be televised
I’m sure most of you have met Michael Clawson. He was last seen on our Western Art Collector Instagram dressed as Charlie Russell for Halloween. If you haven’t seen it yet, take a quick social media scroll through and check it out. Something you may not know about Michael, though, is that before he joined the magazine he was a film and music critic and as such interviewed many famous personalities in both of those fields. Well, something we didn’t know about Michael until he joined the team is that he not only writes about films but he makes them as well.
Hopefully, you have seen some of his work before. Michael travels to many of the Western art events we all love that take place across the country, films the highlights, shoots photos, conducts interviews and then puts them together as a visual report to go along with his written report for each of these events. We put these videos in the magazine accessible by a downloadable QR code reader. If you haven’t done this yet, please try it now!
Michael has also done a variety of studio visits with Western artists and has made movies of these as well. All of these are available on our Western Art Collector Youtube channel. Did you know we had one? Well we do and it is worth checking out. In the past few years, Michael has posted almost 50 videos and some are starting to get the recognition they deserve.
Michael’s Howard Terpning video has been viewed more than 8,000 times, his John Coleman studio visit has been seen more than 4,500 times and a Mark Maggiori interview has been watched more than 4,000 times. Our total number of page views now stands at 44,000, and our viewers have racked up a total of 102,000 minutes on our channel.
In this current issue Michael traveled to Prescott, Arizona, and paid a visit to Bill Nebeker. As the longest running member of the Cowboy Artists of America we thought Bill would have some wonderful stories about the organization and its members over the years. And boy did Bill deliver. The video is available in this issue and is 42 minutes long. So grab your favorite beverage, pull it up on your computer, tablet or phone and listen to Bill tell some stories of cowboys past. It will be well worth your time.
And, of course, look for more videos in future issues. Also, all completed videos can be found on our website, www.westernartcollector.com.