Howard Terpning: 70 Years of Art

December 15, 2016 – March 26, 2017 – Special Exhibition Gallery

By nearly any measure – awards, sales records, critical acclaim or collector demand – Howard Terpning is the most accomplished living Western artist. While there have been several major exhibitions of his work over the years, there has never been a true retrospective exhibition. Booth Western Art Museum will correct this oversight with Howard Terpning: 70 Years of Art, an exhibition focusing on four major segments of his artistic output – early illustrations, movie posters for major motion pictures (including The Sound of Music and Gone With the Wind), combat art from a tour with the United States Marines in Vietnam as a civilian combat artist, and nearly 40 major paintings from his fine art career. For the first time, the art gathered together will introduce audiences to the steppingstones of his early career that led to his masterful paintings that today sell for upwards of $2 million at auction. The official exhibition opening reception is February 24 in conjunction with Boots ‘N’ Saddles.

Image: © Howard Terpning, Trail Along the Backbone, 2001, oil on canvas, 45 x 55”, Booth Western Art Museum Permanent Collection, Cartersville, GA

65 Years of Chasing Sunlight:

The Art of Merrill Mahaffey

Through February 19, 2017  – Temporary Exhibition Gallery

Merrill Mahaffey completed his first painting in 1950. He says he has been on a quest ever since, “chasing the sunlight across the land trying to capture the exact luminosity that makes ordinary places magical.” Known for his highly detailed paintings of rock formations, canyon walls and mines, Mahaffey contrasts light and shadow to great effect. Through 30 paintings, this exhibition highlights the best of his work over the last 20 years.

Image: © Merrill Mahaffey, The History of Life, 2009, acrylic on canvas, 66 x 90″, Given by the R.C. Cannady Family in memory of Irene Evelyn Cannady

13th Annual Kids Cowboy Up!

Through January 8, 2017 – Borderlands Gallery

Throughout the year, staff members from Booth Western Art Museum work with members of the Cartersville Boys & Girls Club and the Hands of Christ after School program to create artwork in a variety of media. This annual exhibition gathers the best works of art created during the preceding year. The young artists range from elementary school to high school students. The exhibition opening reception will be on Thursday, November 17 from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm in Borderlands Gallery.

Frank Harding: Collection of a Cattleman

Through December 18 – Bergman Theatre Lobby Gallery

Earlier this year Booth Museum Director Seth Hopkins received a call from businessman Duncan Alexander, who had acquired a collection of Western art from his late business partner, Frank Harding. Duncan hoped to find a museum that would appreciate the collection and honor Harding. A quick visit to Illinois confirmed the collection had important pieces by leading contemporary artists Harry Jackson, Joe Beeler, Gordon Snidow, Tom Ryan, Robert Lougheed, and James Boren. An agreement was reached for the collection to be placed on loan, with the understanding it will be given to the Booth. The Booth Museum is fortunate to be able to share this collection with the public and grateful for the opportunity to work with Duncan Alexander to honor the spirit of Frank Harding, Cattleman and Collector.

Image: © Robert Lougheed, Roundup at Seago Mesa-Bell Ranch, N.D., oil on board, 20 x 30″, Collected by Frank Harding/Loaned by Duncan Alexander