It’s hard to believe we left a week ago tomorrow, with our destination being the Allentown Art Museum in Allentown, PA, to see the AMERICAN WILDLIFE ART Exhibition. After spending the night in Chambersburg, PA, we drove the remaining couple of hours and arrived at the beautiful museum later that morning, where we were met by Chris Potash, Manager of Marketing and Public Relations. He gave us a most enjoyable and very informative tour of the museum, and then got several nice photos of us alongside our four paintings that are part of the splendid exhibition, curated by Dr. David Wagner. The title of the exhibition is elegantly written on the wall at the bottom of the stairway, with large bird footprints following alongside the steps leading to the galleries housing the exhibition upstairs. Once in the beautiful gallery, you are met with works from early wildlife artists: White, Catesby, Audubon and Wilson, which start the exhibition from the late 1500s into the early 1800s.
The later part of the historic era is represented with the likes of artists Russell, Fuertes, Jacques, Tait and Runguis. As you enter the modern day section of the exhibition, where our four paintings are displayed alongside Robert Bateman’s painting, you walk between a Tait and a Rungius. I would say our paintings are certainly in esteemed company! Needless to say, we were completely delighted and impressed with this amazing exhibition! After enjoying a delicious lunch in the café, located inside the museum, we met both museum Chief Curator Diane Fischer, and Registrar Beverly Hoover. Then we just enjoyed seeing the remaining painting exhibitions in the museum as well as the elegant library designed in 1912, by Frank Lloyd Wright, from the Francis W. Little House in Wayzata, MN, which had been moved and reassembled inside of the museum! We also greatly enjoyed our private viewing of the Kress Collection, containing many of our historic favorite painters.
Two views inside the gorgeous library designed by Frank Lloyd Wright
We are absolutely thrilled that they choose to use Wes’ painting “Basking Broad-headed Skink” to represent the work of the modern day wildlife artists included in the exhibition. It is featured in a 30-second TV commercial, spotlighting the American Wildlife Art Exhibition and will be seen 1,450 times throughout November and December! The commercial will air on the following networks in northeastern Pennsylvania and western New Jersey . . .
-Country Music Television
-National Geographic Channel
-NBC Sports Network (Bill Dance Outdoors, American Outdoors)
So . . . as you can imagine we are delighted about it, and you can watch the 30 second commercial by clicking on the video below.
Having enjoyed four amazing hours at the museum, we left the peace behind and began our drive in bumper-to-bumper traffic, which remained with us during most of our drive to Midland, DE, where we spent the night. Getting up very early the next morning, we drove the remaining distance to Easton, MD, in time to hang our paintings at the 43rd Waterfowl Festival, before lunch. The show began that evening, and as always we were most happy to see many friendly faces of our dear collectors and friends. After a full day at the show Friday, we enjoyed dinner that evening with dear artist friends, Mark Kelso and his sweet mom Linda, and David Lanier and his wife Cathy. We enjoyed much laughter and sharing of great stories for a couple of hours while we ate and relaxed. Saturday brought another full day at the show, and we enjoyed a wonderful dinner during the artist party, later that evening at nearby Easton Club. Sunday came and went, and before we knew it we were already packing up to begin the long journey home. A heartfelt “Thank you!” to all of you, our wonderful existing and new collectors, who helped make the Waterfowl Festival a good show for us this year!!!
We returned home earlier this evening, having driven a couple of hours towards home last night. Now it’s time once again to play catch up and get ready for the upcoming Plantation Wildlife Art Festival in Thomasville, GA, which will take place this coming weekend. We’re looking forward to seeing many of our collector friends there, after not being able to make it last year!
Fresh off and on the easel ~ I finished two miniature paintings this past week of “Oreo” or Belted Galloway Cows. I absolutely love Oreo cows, as they are my favorite breed, so needless to say, I was delighted to have them both go to a wonderful home this past weekend during the Waterfowl Festival.
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Until next time ~ Rachelle