Report from the Masters of the American West


The Sound of a Distant Bugle by Howard Terpning (oil, 45×68)

The rains came down in torrents, deluging the city of Los Angeles on Saturday. But inside the Autry National Center, the weather didn’t dampen the applause for George Carlson when the news came that he won the Artists’ Choice award for his lush landscape In the Shadow of the Sun. The announcement came at the Chuckwagon Lunch held as part of the annual Masters of the American West Exhibition and Sale. Later that evening, over the din of several hundred museum-goers attending the gala, Howard Terpning‘s evocative painting The Sound of a Distant Bugle (above) sold for more than $1 million at the silent auction. (Terpning’s paintings regularly reach such blockbuster sale prices at the show.)

This year’s event offered some great additions to the roster of artists, including works by landscape painter Scott Christensen and still-life artist Kyle Polzin. (Look for a feature story on Polzin in the April issue of Southwest Art.) The artists appeared to put their very best efforts into the juried show this year. Among the many stellar pieces was a stunning portrait of Native American activist Russell Means by Bob Coronato. “All total, I’ve been working on this piece for about 10 years,” Bob said. The Masters of the American West exhibit is on display at the Autry through March 6 — learn more here.

—Bonnie Gangelhoff

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