Woolaroc Mu­seum & Wildlife Pre­serve

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1925 Woolaroc Ranch Road, Bartlesvil­le, OK 74003, (918) 336-0307 www.woolaroc.org

The Woolaroc Mu­seum & Wildlife Pre­serve is a 3,700-acre work­ing ranch that has a 50,000-square-foot world-class mu­seum. The mu­seum started out as a hangar in 1929 for the Woolaroc airplane, a plane Frank Phillips spon­sored in the Dole Flight from Oak­land Cal­i­for­nia to Honolulu, Hawaii, in 1927. Over the years Frank con­tin­ued to re­ceive gifts and make art ac­qui­si­tions, and the mu­seum grew room by room. Now, Woolaroc has more than 600 paint­ings, 300 bronzes, 2,300 pieces of Na­tive Amer­i­can art and ar­ti­facts, and hun­dreds of pieces of taxi­dermy that dec­o­rate the walls of the mu­seum and lodge.

The mu­seum’s most an­tic­i­pated event and art ex­hi­bi­tion, The Woolaroc Ret­ro­spec­tive Ex­hibit and Sale, opens Oc­to­ber 18 and con­tin­ues through De­cem­ber 29. This year’s show will fea­ture Tony An­gell, Clyde Aspe­vig, Lo­gan Maxwell Hagege, Quang Ho, Tony Hochstetle­r, Jeremy Lip­king, Thomas Quinn, and Skip Whit­comb, all of whom are na­tion­ally rec­og­nized for their work. A cock­tail re­cep­tion and sale will be held in the mu­seum on Saturday, Oc­to­ber 19. In ad­di­tion, two artist pre­sen­ta­tions will be held in the Events Cen­ter at Woolaroc ear­lier in the day. For sponsors of the show, an el­e­gant artist and spon­sor ap­pre­ci­a­tion dinner will be held on Fri­day evening, Oc­to­ber 18, on the Woolaroc Ranch grounds along with a brunch to be held on Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 20, at a pri­vate res­i­dence.

Woolaroc Mu­seum & Wildlife Pre­serve, Navajo Fire Dance, oil on can­vas, 126 x 78”, by Wil­liam R. Leigh (1866-1955). The Woolaroc Mu­seum & Wildlife Pre­serve fea­tures a vast col­lec­tion of paint­ings, bronzes, Na­tive Amer­i­can art and ar­ti­facts, taxi­dermy and firearms.

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