The fu­ture will be tele­vised

Western Art Collector - - LETTER EDITOR FROM THE EDITOR -

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.west­ernart­col­lec­

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