Saturday, August 22nd: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.: Art Chats
Enjoy complimentary coffee and tea as our 2015 North Star Award Co-Winner Charles Fritz discusses his massive project and answers questions, followed by a book signing of his book, The Complete Collection: 100 Paintings Illustrating the Journals of Lewis and Clark.
In explaining his style, Contemporary Western Master Charles Fritz describes himself as an outdoor artist, preferring to paint on location; a strenuous and time-honored approach to the changing moods of nature. He has traveled extensively in the United States and Europe studying the paintings and working techniques of artists whose work he admires.
With a passion for historical accuracy, Charles Fritz chronicled the historic early 19th century expedition of Captains Merriwether Lewis and William Clark in a dynamic series of 100 paintings, telling the remarkable story of this epic American journey. The result of comprehensive research and on-location painting, the collection depicts the triumphs and travails of the Corps of Discovery’s two-and-a-half-year trek through unknown territory to the Pacific Ocean and back, between 1804 and 1806.
His exhibit originally traveled nationally to seven museums: the Montana Museum of Art and Culture, Missoula, Montana; the Oregon Historical Society, Portland, Oregon; the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; the C.M. Russell Museum, Great Falls, Montana; the Booth Western Art Museum, Cartersville, Georgia; the Yellowstone Art Museum, Billings, Montana; and the MacNider Art Museum, Mason City, Iowa.
This extraordinary exhibit continues to travel and is currently on exhibit through October 2016 at the Western Spirit Museum of the West in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Featured in the August 2015 issue of Southwest Art magazine–click below to purchase:
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