Bosque Art Clas­sic

Clifton, TX

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Each year, the Bosque Art Clas­sic gives West­ern art col­lec­tors a play­ground with which to ex­plore and pur­chase new art by some of the best artists work­ing in the West­ern genre to­day. The ju­ried ex­hi­bi­tion and sale, now in its 34th year, will of­fer more than 230 orig­i­nal works from 136 artists from across the coun­try. The judge for the 2019 event is cel­e­brated Na­tive Amer­i­can sculp­tor Ore­land Joe.

Vet­er­ans to the show and sale who will be in at­ten­dance this year in­clude Matt Atkinson, Her­man Walker, Kathy Tate, Su­san Tem­ple Neu­mann and Pokey Park, as well as sev­eral artists new to the Bosque Art Clas­sic, such as Ch­eryl Harley-volz and Ezra Tucker. Other artists in the 2019 show in­clude Jeff Rechin, Tony Ar­men­dariz, Tammy Bow­ers, Tim Har­mon, Mary Lou Pape, Don Weller, Larry Win­borg, Jing Zhao and more.

Tucker brings an acrylic on board aptly ti­tled Red Fox Por­trait de­pict­ing a closely cropped shot of a hand­some red fox against a back­drop of vivid brush­strokes. “I en­joy paint­ing this mag­nif­i­cent car­ni­vore that is com­monly called red fox. When­ever I paint this crit­ter, I en­deavor to cap­ture the

per­son­al­ity and in­tel­li­gence I see in its eyes. They are no­to­ri­ous, re­source­ful, flex­i­ble and ex­tremely in­tel­li­gent…they are in­cred­i­bly wide­spread and prom­i­nent in mythol­ogy around the world through­out cul­tures in ar­eas where foxes are com­monly found,” says the artist.

“I’ve watched the amaz­ing art rep­re­sented in the Bosque Clas­sic for a few years now, choos­ing to wait to en­ter un­til I felt ‘ready.’ I fi­nally en­tered this year, and it looks like I was ready,” says Harley-volz, who brings two graphite draw­ings of cat­tle, All My Ex’s and San Antonio Rosie.

“I still iden­tify pri­mar­ily as an oil painter, but this year my work in the Bosque Clas­sic

is en­tirely graphite and char­coal draw­ing,” says Atkinson. One of his pieces in the show, Cheyenne Wa­ter Car­ri­ers, is a scene Atkinson orig­i­nally pho­tographed along Grasshop­per Creek in Mon­tana. “I worked with these two in­cred­i­ble mod­els, both from tra­di­tional Na­tive fam­i­lies, and keen-eyed at­ten­dees of the Bosque show will rec­og­nize them,” he says. “I had an oil paint­ing of them col­lect­ing medicinal plants in the show two years ago, too. I used a lot of wa­tered graphite to cre­ate the stream and the shad­ows on their faces and dresses, and then I used a scratch tool and me­chan­i­cal eraser to draw in the tall grasses along the creek.”

Rechin’s Pur­suit is a life-size fal­con sculpted from bass­wood and tu­pelo and painted in acrylic. “They’re a real pow­er­house for as small of a fal­con as they are,” he says of the piece. “I wanted to cap­ture the speed of this small, pow­er­ful fal­con.” Vantage Point brings to life a true-to-size belted king­fisher painted with acrylic and sculpted from tu­pelo wood.

A spe­cial pre­view awards cer­e­mony and din­ner will be held on Septem­ber 14, and the show will re­main on view from Septem­ber 15 to 28.

The Bosque Arts Cen­ter in Clifton, Texas.

Jones Award, with Artist Kathy Tate, win­ner of the pres­ti­gious award spon­sors Joyce and Roland Jones.

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