West­ern Art East of the Mis­sis­sippi

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For many, West­ern art con­jures vi­sions of Ari­zona deserts, the rocky vis­tas of Utah and lush Cal­i­for­nia land­scapes.

But there is cur­rently a rich tra­di­tion of the art­form east of the Mis­sis­sippi, where the Blue Ridge Moun­tains, Florida marshes and rugged coast­lines in­spire a sim­i­lar awe.

North­west of At­lanta in Cartersville, Ge­or­gia, is the Booth West­ern Art Mu­seum. Along with its many ro­tat­ing ex­hi­bi­tions, the mu­seum brings the West back home with its an­nual South­east­ern Cow­boy Gath­er­ing, which hosts West­ern art, mu­sic, po­etry and a chuck wagon in­vi­ta­tional dur­ing a three-day cel­e­bra­tion, March 21 through 23. The mu­seum’s South­east­ern Cow­boy Fes­ti­val & Sym­po­sium takes place in 2019 from Oc­to­ber 24 through 27. Within the city are the Mi­ami Cir­cle Art District and the West Mid­town Arts District, which is home to the High Mu­seum of Art, the At­lanta Botan­i­cal Gar­den and count­less other arts in­sti­tu­tions all within walk­ing dis­tance of each other.

In Charleston, a plethora of gal­leries are found in the French Quar­ter, Gallery Row on Broad, Lower King and Up­per King art dis­tricts. Around 40 gallery and ex­hi­bi­tion spa­ces re­cently joined forces to form the Charleston Gallery As­so­ci­a­tion, which unites these many art dis­tricts. A quar­terly art walk takes place on the first Fri­day of March, May, Oc­to­ber and De­cem­ber from 5 to 8 p.m. In Fe­bru­ary, the city hosts the highly an­tic­i­pated South­east­ern Wildlife Ex­po­si­tion, which fills the city with wildlife and sport­ing art col­lec­tors. The 2019 edi­tion takes place Fe­bru­ary 14 to 17 and in­cludes a pop­u­lar Quick Draw/speed Sculpt event.

One state to the north, the Down­town Asheville Art District en­com­passes the vi­brant arts com­mu­nity of the North Carolina town. More than 25 gal­leries, stu­dios and mu­se­ums are lo­cated within a halfmile ra­dius in the his­toric down­town, and First Fri­day Art Walks oc­cur April through De­cem­ber from 5 to 8 p.m.

The James Mu­seum of Art, re­cently opened in St. Peters­burg, Florida, puts on dis­play founders Tom and Mary James’ pas­sion for West­ern art. When trav­el­ing the West, they were cap­ti­vated by the art, land­scape and wildlife and be­came ded­i­cated pa­trons of West­ern and Na­tive art. Their per­ma­nent col­lec­tion in­cludes gal­leries on the early West, Na­tive life, Na­tive artists, the fron­tier, wildlife and new West­ern art.

Other Florida art lo­cales in­clude St. Au­gus­tine, the old­est con­tin­u­ously in­hab­ited Euro­pean set­tle­ment in the United States. The

St. Au­gus­tine Art As­so­ci­a­tion pro­motes arts in the town through a First Fri­day Art Walk from 5 to 9 p.m. In Sara­sota, a First Fri­day Art Walk takes place on Palm Av­enue and a Third Fri­day Art Walk al­lows visi­tors to ex­plore the Towles Court Arts District.

The pages of this desti­na­tion guide will give read­ers a look into the or­ga­ni­za­tions and artists that call this re­gion home, in­clud­ing

Jud Hart­mann.

Dray­ton Hall, north­west of Charleston. Photo cour­tesy of the Charleston Area CVB, Ex­plorecharleston.com.

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