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Teaching history through art at Fort Concho

June 27, 2014

By Rick Smith, San Angelo Standard-Times, Texas

June 27--SAN ANGELO, Texas -- A little bit of the American Plains moves into San Angelo for July and August in an art show at Fort Concho National Historic Landmark.

The show, which will include paintings and sculptures from dozens of award-winning artists, will run from Wednesday to Aug. 10. in the Quartermaster's Gallery at East Avenue C and Burgess Street.

A reception with a Western theme will take place from 5-8 p.m. Tuesday in the Gallery.

Artists who are members of the nonprofit American Plains Artists group will sell their work at the show. Only members of the APA can sell their work at the show, but everyone's invited to see it at no cost.

The price of the art ranges from hundreds to thousands of dollars. Proceeds from the sales will benefit the American Plains Artists and Fort Concho as well as the selling artists.

Bob Bluthardt, site manager of Fort Concho, said the exhibit teaches history through art, and although the exhibit isn't completely historical in nature, it concentrates on the Great Plains, including rural life, agriculture, cowboys and more.

The art will be on exhibit the same hours the fort is open: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays and 1:30-4:30 p.m. Sundays. The museum's closed Mondays.

Art for sale in the show ranges from Jim Anderson's comic "A Pair of Aces" oil painting for $4,800 to Fritzi Heron's water color of a cowgirl waiting and watching calves in a pen. The painting, "Ladies in Waiting," sells for $950.

Judy McElroy, 2014 show chairwoman for the art group, said Western art is a way of showing love "for the story of how we got here. It's our ancestors coming out in covered wagon or horseback and working hard. The American way is working and accomplishing something to make a better living and forge ahead."

She said the group's artists come from places like New Mexico, Texas, Arizona and Nebraska.

Their art includes Native Americans crossing the Plains, horses watering in a creek, a cow staring at a stranger, a team of horses ready to pull. Ready to go.


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