Howard Terpning: 70 Years of Art

Through 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

Yoho National Park: A Canadian Gem – Photographs by Peter Essick

Through March 12 – Borderlands Gallery

Each January Booth Museum highlights the work of a Georgia artist whose artwork relates to the Museum’s mission, by highlighting them in a one-person exhibition. Peter Essick, a National Geographic photographer based in Stone Mountain will be the 2017 honoree. He will be the first photographer to have their work showcased in this series. The exhibition centers around a portfolio of 33 images from Canada’s Yoho National Park, seen in the June 2015 issue of National Geographic Magazine. Essick will be the speaker at Art for Lunch on February 1.

Robert E. McGinnis: Hall of Fame Illustrator

Through March 1 – Bergman Theatre Lobby Gallery

Robert McGinnis is known as one of his generation’s greatest illustrators. Over a seven decade career he has created art for publications like Ladies’ Home Journal, Good Housekeeping, Time, and The Saturday Evening Post and cover images for over 1,200 books, ranging in subject from detective stories and thrillers to romance novels and Western tales. He also contributed artwork for more than 40 movie posters, most notably Breakfast at Tiffany’s, many of the James Bond 007 films, the Odd Couple, and Barbarella and garnered success as a Western artist. Among the highlights in his award winning career was his 1993 election to the Society of Illustrators Hall of Fame and the receipt of the 2017 Booth Western Art Museum Lifetime Achievement Award.

Image: © Robert McGinnis, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, 1961, vintage one sheet poster