Did you know Bob Nelson, the owner of Manitou Galleries, is also the Founder and CEO of the Nelson Museum of the West?
Located in Cheyenne, Wyoming, the Nelson Museum of the West is home to more than 14,000 Western, Native American and American Military artifacts. The museum features more than 11,000 square feet of rotating and permanent exhibits that tell the story of the American West, from early human settlement to today - as history continues to unfold.
Permanent displays include the United States Cavalry, the studio of artist Burt Procter, a 19th century Wyoming Cattle Baron's room, Fine and Fancy Firearms, high art of the Plains Indians, trophy animals of the world, Historical Firearms, and many more. The Museum presents new rotating displays on an annual basis.
A very important subdivision of the Nelson Museum of the West is the Military Memorial Museum, located in the same facility. The Military Memorial Museum pays tribute to the contributions and sacrifices made by our soldiers for our country, and provides an important record of the American Military. The collection began with the goal of acquiring uniforms, saddles, firearms and sabers depicting all of the enlisted and officers of the U.S. Cavalry from the Civil War to 1943 when the horse Cavalry was disbanded. The Museum has met the goal and expanded the collection far beyond the Cavalry. The collection is now inclusive of other branches of service in the Army including artillery, infantry, medical and Army Air Corps. Special collections of 1902 and 1938 Dress uniforms are also included. Recently acquired have been numerous uniforms worn by the Chairmen of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and numerous uniforms worn by the Chiefs of Staff of the U.S. Army.
The entire collection is the result of Bob Nelson’s decades long pursuit of acquiring some of the best art and artifacts to tell the story of the American West and our military. The museum is designed to show a broad spectrum of Western cultures. Cowboy, Charro, Art, Native American and Military aspects of the west were carefully studied and needed artifacts put on a list for acquisition. The collection grew through the 1970s, 1980s and in 1998, the museum was opened to the public. Many Collections are very deep. Our collection is very wide! Each spur, saddle, firearm and artifact was added to the collection for a purpose. Each was added to make the story more complete.
We hope that you take a visit to the museum. You are sure to learn something and leave with a greater appreciation of the American West, and our country’s history.
Congratulations to Jerry Jordan on his feature in the latest Western Art and Architecture. The article is wonderfully written by Gussie Fauntelroy, and gives great insight into Jerry Jordan's painting practice.
Click here to read his article!
Kim Wiggins is featured in the most recent International Artist magazine! This excellent 12 page article includes fascinating information about Kim's history and his painting process. Also included are great shots of Kim's studio and in-process paintings.
Manitou painter Roger Rossi recently cruised down the Rhine River with his fellow Salmagundi Club painters. A highlight of the trip was a tour of the world famous Old Holland paint factory. Read below to learn more about Old Holland and see pictures from Roger's tour. We're excited to see Roger's upcoming paintings!
The history of Old Holland Classic Colours goes back to the seventeenth century, the golden age of the Dutch masters. In this era, the training of painters was organised under the guild system. The painters' guilds were called Saint Lucas Guilds, after their patron saint Lucas. Traditional knowledge and skills in the area of the manufacture of paint were passed on from generation to generation in these guilds. In the guild, the master taught the mate and the apprentice. The apprentice learned to rub the pigments with the binders, the mate learned to mix the colours and make underpaintings. Once the mate was deemed to be skilled enough, he in turn became a master, started his own studio and gained standing.
Around 1664, a Saint Lucas guild in The Hague started the preparations for the establishment of 'Pictura Brotherhood of Painters and its Academy for the Visual Arts of The Hague' (1682-1882). An association of master painters which organised art reviews and where artists drew from dressed models: the first academy. The correct manufacture of paints formed an important part of the education. The Pictura Brotherhood of Painters remained in existence until the nineteenth century.
Gallery Owners, Bob and Charla Nelson were recently invited to be appraisers on the PBS television program, "Arizona Collectibles."
Click here to watch Bob appraise a painting from the legendary western artist, CM Russell. The appraisal price was higher than anything I've ever seen on Arizona Collectibles (or Antiques Roadshow). It's amazing to watch to couples' expression when they learn that their inherited painting is worth nearly 1 MILLION dollars!
Season 2, episode 7, 22:00 (Charla)
Season 2, episode 9, 20:00 (Charla)
Season 2, episode 10, 22:00 (Bob)
Season 2, episode 6, 9:00 (Bob)
Congratulations to Manitou artist, Tim Prythero! Tim's sculpture, Starky's Trading Post, will be included in the Albuquerque Museum's exhibition, Visualizing Albuquerque.
"Starky's Trading Post reminds us of a tourist trap during the Great Depression , This tromp l' oeill sculpture does fool the viewers eye through painterly illusions of dents, rust, trash and decay. The broken screen doors, deteriorating stucco and faux artifacts in the yard remind us nothing is permanent, except our nostalgia for the past . Tim Prythero captures Albuquerque longing for better times in his detailed observations of disintegrating landmarks. He confirms that abandonment occurs at the end of a business cycle by focusing on faded memories from a seemly prosperous past."
Joseph Traugott - Curator, Albuquerque Museum
Collector's Eye: With two galleries, two auctions, one store and a museum to run, Bob and Charla Nelson are collector's to their core.
The bright notes of a mariachi band waft down Palace Avenue, past the New Mexico Museum of Art, it's Pueblo revival style architecture a blend of Pueblo and Spanish influence and the perfect compliment to the music. You can hear the guitarron and the brass horns all the way to the historic downtown plaza, drawing seekers every First Friday to Manitou Gallery. From a second story portal on the front of one of their Santa Fe galleries, the musicians bring brightness and joy to those who come for the art.