Friday, September 26, 2008

Artist to Watch: Emily McPhie

Check it out! Emily McPhie made an appearance in Southwest Art Magazine's "21 Under 31" feature, which focused on "exciting young artists ...poised at the very beginning of their fine-art journey." They couldn't be more correct.

Click on the image to read the article, or visit Southwest Art Magazine at

Daniel Smith wins People's Choice Award

Dan Smith is far to modest to toot his own horn, but we're happy to! Dan has just won the People's Choice award at the National Museum of Wildlife Art's Western Visions show.

This has been a banner year for Dan. In addition to the People's Choice award, he also debuted as the first-ever recipient of the Eiteljorg Museum's Artist of Distinction, and his works were the star of the recent Jackson Hole Art Auction.

Saturation Point, 10 x 10

See for more of the results from Western Visions.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Flick Ford in Canada

Artist and angler Flick Ford spent this week on Gods Lake in the remote backcountry of Manitoba, Canada with members of Angling on the Fly to do some fly fishing for lake trout and northern pike. The area is renowned among conventional anglers for producing giant "Lakers" up to 50+ pounds. Flick was also looking for brook trout in Gods River. The group was hosted by Gods Lake Lodge owner Robert Gates.

Flick and Robert landed some really nice brookies, three of which were master-angler size (over 20 inches). Flick topped this list with his 23.5 inch brookie that he fooled with his personally-tied, articulated "meat" leech pattern.

Thanks to Angling on the Fly's blog for the photos. Including this one of the team and Flick eating….steak for dinner!

Flick will be back on the road next month for his gallery and bookstore tour in support of his new book BIG: The 50 Greatest World Record Catches.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Duck-Gate Flaps its Insidious Wings in Boise!

Fresh off the press from the Idaho Statesman:

"Duct-taped duck is animal abuse, not art

In the Aug. 31 paper, we noticed an advertisement on Main 21. It was Gallery 601, with the address at 211 N. 10th St. Who in their right mind would title or submit a photo or painting with a duck that has been wrapped with duct tape and call it art and stating, "Come Join the Fun." We feel this advertisement is very offensive and that the artist should be psychologically evaluated.
It wasn't too long ago where this same action was literally done by local kids who had brought the goose or duck to school also duct-taped. This action was addressed by animal protection services and the kids were suspended. The local television news team had broadcast this abuse, and now you are endorsing this? The local newscasters said the duck was injured and in the care of the Idaho Humane Society.
Although art is a broad subject, some things are not appropriate subject matter. You wouldn't show a picture of a woman with a black eye and say, "Come Join the Fun," would you? Please address this matter accordingly.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Alan Bean Exhibit at the LBJ Library

Alan Bean: First Artist to Visit Another World opens at the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum beginning October 1st of this year. The opening of this art show and another exhibit To the Moon: The American Space Program in the 1960s will be celebrated with a panel discussion entitled Return to the Moon. Alan will join several NASA experts to discuss man's past, present, and future on the Moon. The discussion will begin at 6:00 p.m. in the Lone Star Room at the Frank Erwin Center. Featured at right is Alan's "A Most Beautiful Moon"

Curt Walters named Eiteljorg's second-ever Artist of Distinction

Dan Smith's one-man exhibition has only just been unveiled, and now we know we can look forward to Curt Walters artwork hanging in the Eiteljorg's Paul Gallery next September. Walters was named the Artist of Distinction for the excellence of his orignal art offering at this 2008 Quest for the West art show at the Indianaoplis museum. The Eiteljorg is regarded as one of the most important art museums in the mid-west, so a solo exhibition at this institution is a significant honor for any artist. At Greenwich, we couldn't be happier: two for two on the Artist of Distinction. Here two of the works Curt presented (upper left) Edge of the Storm and ( lower right) Evening's Dance of Light.

Monday, September 8, 2008

Terpning to Be Inducted into Marine Corps Combat Artist Hall of Fame

In January of 1968, while on deployment as part of the Marine Corps Combat Art Program, Howard Terpning was on patrol with a group of Marines in the area of Hoi An, a town about twelve miles south of Da Nang, when the patrol was ambushed in the sand dunes by the Viet Cong.

Following the ambush, Howard created a series of paintings and drawings of the Bravo 3 (CAP Unit) reaction and encirclement of the Viet Cong. Moving Up, the best-known image of the group, depicts a grenadier and rifleman maneuvering across a dune to get into a better firing position during the counter-attack. The image was published as a print, most likely known only to Marines (or in my case, sons of Marines). My father hung it in his home office as do I in mine today. The print is one of my most prized possessions.

Moving Up
On September 11th , Howard Terpning will be inducted into the Marine Corps Combat Artist Hall of Fame at the Marine Corps Museum in Quantico, Virginia. “Go to war. Do art” is the driving rule of the Marine Corps Combat Art program.


I’ll post a follow-up report of the ceremony. For more information, click here:

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Dan Smith at the Eiteljorg Museum

Wildlife artist Daniel Smith kicks off September at the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art’s first ever Quest for the West Artist of Distinction. His one-man exhibit Animal Magnetism: The Wildlife Art of Daniel Smith opens in the museum’s Paul Gallery during their annual Quest for the West Art show and Sale (Sept. 4-Oct 6) and will hang through December 7 of this year.

Dan was selected for this honor by having the best overall display of artwork at the 2007 Quest Show. The exhibit features paintings from throughout Dan’s career and is a great space in which to view them. Dan’s new paintings at this year’s Quest for the West are:

Hard Rock Ascent, 23 x 32

Marshland Monarch, 9 x 12

Lost and Found, 17 x 30

For more information, visit

Bonnie Marris at Trailside Galleries

Bonnie Marris’ husband Woody reports in from Jackson Hole that the folks at Trailside Galleries are frantically hanging fifteen new works for Bonnie’s Fall Showcase (as he looks in the window). You can view them all at

Morning on Honey Creek, 24 x 58

Wolf in Cedars, 30 x 40