PINEDALE – The Museum of the Mountain Man in Pinedale is launching a new event during 2017 Green River Rendezvous Days. The first annual Western Art & Wine Auction will be held Thursday, July 6, at the museum. It will begin right after the Rocky Mountain Fur Trade Journal awards presentation and author signing, which starts at 6 p.m.
Contemporary artists featured include Tucker Smith, David Wright, Dave Bell, Genny Albitre, Sue Davis, Kathy Wipfler, Mandy Frank and Maggie Blackwell.
In addition, there will be several museum-quality prints of historic artists, including Charlie Russell, Frank McCarthy, John Clymer, George Catlin, Carl Rungius, Frederic Remington, Karl Bodmer, John Mix Stanley and Alfred Jacob Miller
There will be a live and silent auction. Twenty-one works of art will be auctioned live starting at 6:30 p.m. Feature artist Tim Tanner will create an oil painting of a historic trapper, similar to the works of Alfred Jacob Miller, live during the auction. Tanner’s original painting will be auctioned off at the end of the event.
Eleven lots of wine will be auctioned off during the live auction. These select wines include lots from Wyoming wineries, including Jackson Hole Winery, Buffalo Jump Winery from Cody, 307 Weston Winery from Sheridan, and liqueur from Koltiska Distillery in Sheridan. California wines include Carol’s Vineyard, Diamond Creek, Treana, J. Lohr, Caymus and Eberle.
All of the art and wine have been donated to the museum for the event. All proceeds go to support educational programs and publications at the Museum. Auctioneer services are being donated by Dave Stephens.
A catalog of art and wine for the auction can be found at MMMuseum.com/western-art-wine-auction, or stop by the museum in Pinedale to pick up a printed copy. The event is a fundraiser for the museum, so if you know anyone who loves western art, please pass the news on about this event. Buyers who can’t attend the live auction are welcome to submit absentee bids any time before noon on July 6.
For more information about the Art & Wind Auction, contact Sandy Smith, Art Auction Organizer, or Clint Gilchrist, executive director of the Museum of the Mountain Man, at 307-367-4101, P.O. Box 909, 700 E. Hennick St., Pinedale, WY 82941, or email [email protected].
The Museum of the Mountain Man was opened in 1990 by the Sublette County Historical Society – a 501(c)3 non-profit foundation. The museum puts on many educational programs during the year, including Living History Day that’s attended by 1,000 fourth-grade students from western Wyoming each May; more than 30 programs during Green River Rendezvous Days each July, telling the real story of the mountain men and Plains Indians; and the Rocky Mountain Fur Trade Journal, an annual peer-reviewed research publication. The Sublette County Historical Society also owns and manages the Sommers Homestead Living History Museum, Lander Trail New Fork River Crossing Historical Park, Trapper’s Point and the Green River Rendezvous Grounds in Daniel.