The Desert Caballeros Western Museum recently opened a new alcove to display recent acquisitions to the museum’s permanent collection. Art and artifacts become part of the museum’s collection only after they have been thoroughly reviewed and approved by the museum’s acquisition committee and board of trustees, on the recommendation of the staff.
The alcove currently features three new pieces of art which have been selected by DCWM’s acquisition committee and board as artworks that meet the mission of the Desert Caballeros Western Museum and round out and enhance the museum’s permanent art collection. These new additions illustrate DCWM’s commitment to telling the stories of the entire American West, from California to Texas.
The first piece is an oil on canvas portrait of celebrated Western artist Joe Beeler on horseback, called “Joe Beeler – A Legend in His Time”. Artist Clark Kelley Price is a member of the Cowboy Artists of America and traditional painter of cowboys, wildlife, and early Western trappers and Indians. While Price is a notable artist in his own right, the subject matter of the portrait makes it doubly special to DCWM. Joe Beeler was the sculptor of “Thanks for the Rain”, the bronze cowboy kneeling with his horse outside of the Museum’s Cultural Crossroads Learning Center on the corner of Tegner Street and Wickenburg Way.
The next piece is Mehl Lawson’s bronze sculpture, “Devil Duster”, which depicts a cowboy facing into a strong wind. Lawson’s work is celebrated as a continuation of the proud vaquero tradition of Old California, capturing the spirit of the Western “buckaroos” – the working men of the California and Nevada ranches.
G. Harvey’s “To Sunday Market” completes the trio of new Museum acquisitions. This oil on canvas piece depicts a pair of Texas ranchers and their donkeys headed to market through cobblestone streets, just after a rain. Harvey is known for marrying his impressionistic style and play with light into the world of Western art, telling stories of the Texas Hill Country where he grew up.
The pieces will be on view in the New Acquisitions alcove throughout the summer and will then be rotated into DCWM’s permanent collection galleries.