Whether you’re an art aficionado with entire rooms dedicated to specific genres or a newbie who’s committed a measly two or three years’ wages to high-end portraiture, the Briscoe Western Art Museum’s yearly Night of Artists offers something for everyone who’s ever looked at a fancy drawing in a frame and decided it would look good next to a bookshelf.
The year’s event kicked off on the final weekend of March; on Friday the 29th, the Hotel Contessa hosted a collectors summit moderated by Joshua Rose, who edits a bevy of relevant magazines. Ticket holders also got the opportunity to preview the artwork at the Jack Guenther Pavilion, after which VIPs enjoyed a dinner, the museum’s Artist Awards, and a live auction that raised more than $600,000. The following day, another summit and preview led into the Grand Exhibition.
Nearly 300 pieces of art went up for sale, resulting in a two-day grand total of just under $2,000,000 going towards the Museum’s mission to preserve “the art, history, and culture of the American West.” One painting, Clifton native Martin Greele’s Shoshone Searchers, went for nearly $120,000. The unsold pieces remained on sale and on free, public display until May 5th.
If you missed out, don’t worry; the 19thannual event kicks off at the same time next year, and the artistically inclined among you still have just over a month to make your submissions. Just go easy on the glitter.