Past Exhibitions 2003 – 2010

2010

Biennial Booth Museum Staff, Volunteer and Member Art Exhibition
July 13 – October 3, 2010 – Borderlands Gallery

The fourth offering of the very popular Biennial Booth Museum Staff, Volunteer and Member Art Exhibition provided the opportunity to exhibit their artwork and allowed the Museum to showcase the wealth of talented artists within our Museum family.

Four Seasons in Yellowstone: Photographs by Tom Murphy

May 22 – September 12, 2010 – Temporary Exhibition Gallery

Featuring more than 40 stunning images, this exhibition, sponsored in part by the Kendeda Fund, showcased the flora and fauna of Yellowstone National Park in all seasons and weather conditions, as seen through the lens of master photographer Tom Murphy.

Elementary School Art Exhibition

April 13 – May 13, 2010 – Borderlands Gallery

Elementary students in the Cartersville and Bartow County School systems had their work on display in the Borderlands Gallery. Art teachers from each of the local elementary schools have selected artwork from throughout the year to be included in the exhibition.

Kenneth M. Freeman: An Artist at Work
January 10 – May 2, 2010 – Temporary Exhibition Gallery

Showcasing 50 oil paintings and sculptures featuring working cowboys and cowgirls, rodeo heroes, Native American elders and children, mountain men, Western landscapes, Buffalo Soldiers and more. This exhibition included a re-creation of Ken Freeman’s studio, complete with easel and artifacts.

The Longest Mile: Paintings by Ernest Varner
January 12 – March 14, 2010 – Bergman Theatre Lobby Gallery

Acworth, Georgia artist Ernest Varner draws equally on his military career and art training to create paintings that spotlight the contributions of African Americans in the West and throughout American history.

Sixth Annual Kids Cowboy Up!

November 17, 2009 – January 10, 2010 – Borderlands Gallery

Throughout the year, staff members from the 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 gathered the best works of art created during the preceding year. The young artists ranged from elementary school to high school students.

2009

Route 66 Meets Highway 41: Roadside Impressions by Chuck Middlekauff

August 18 – November 8, 2009 – Bergman Theatre Lobby Gallery

Chuck Middlekauff was first exposed to the Western culture of cowboys, truckers, and diners during cross-country car trips with his family. Today he relishes the challenge of painting windmills, roadside attractions and billboards that show textures induced by weathering and years of hard use. Route 66 has provided consistent subject matter for Middlekauff for years; however, an invitation from the Booth Museum to explore Highway 41 was an opportunity he readily accepted. This exhibition showcased works inspired by each of these legendary roads.

Lasting Light: 125 Years of Grand Canyon Photography and
Painting the Canyon: Selected Works from Grand Canyon Collections 
August 8 – October 25, 2009 – Special Exhibition Gallery

Created by the Grand Canyon Association and organized for travel by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Services, Lasting Light: 125 Years of Grand Canyon Photography showcased 60 photographs covering the photographic history of the Grand Canyon. Included were images of early photographers dangling from cables to get the perfect shot along with more modern images that are bold and dramatic, revealing the canyon’s awesome views.

Authentically American: The Taos Society of Artists

May 26 – August 16, 2009 – Bergman Theatre Lobby Gallery

In the early 1900s, a small group of academically trained artists formed the Taos Society of Artists. Their goal was to promote a truly American art as an alternative to much of what was then being produced, which they considered merely an east coast version of European art. By depicting the Taos Indians and the landscape of Northern New Mexico, these artists brought fame to Taos and themselves. The exhibition included examples from many of the Taos Society members, drawn from the Olson Family Collection.

Wild at Heart: Selections from the National Museum of Wildlife Art
April 11 – July 19, 2009 – Special Exhibition Gallery

Drawn from the collection of the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, this exhibition featured paintings and sculpture by the greatest wildlife artists of the 19th and 20th centuries. Wildlife from all regions of the United States was included, with a heavy emphasis on the West. Artists represented included deceased masters such as Albert Bierstadt, George Catlin and Charles Russell, along with contemporary masters like Tucker Smith, Bob Kuhn and Robert Bateman.

Contemporary Visions of the West: The Art of John Nieto
March 3 – May 24, 2009 – Bergman Theatre Lobby Gallery

John Nieto is recognized as one of the world’s leading painters of the contemporary West. Nieto’s work clearly reflects his mixed Hispanic and Native American heritage. His distinct style includes elements from his native New Mexico, as well as his travels to Europe where he was influenced by the expressionist painters who released their subconscious in their paintings.

Fresh Perspectives from Saltwater Climes: Renderings by Bob Graham
January 13 – April 5, 2009 – Borderlands Gallery

Artist Bob Graham, working from his home state of South Carolina, is known for his rendering of characters from America’s past. Although he has earned the nickname “The Saltwater Cowboy” for his numerous paintings of Western subjects, his passion for recreating historical caricatures emerges from his participation in Civil War re-enactments and activities that celebrate American heritage.

The Black West: Buffalo Soldiers, Black Cowboys & Untold Stories

December 20, 2008 – March 22, 2009 – Special Exhibition Gallery

Showcasing the work of 16 contemporary African American artists, this exhibition gave new light on the important role blacks played in developing the West. In addition to the stories of black cowboys and buffalo soldiers, works of art also featured black lawmen, explorers, rodeo stars and women. Participating artists included Bernard Williams, Ed Dwight, Burl Washington, Eddie Dixon, Bobb Vann, Michael Godfrey, and many others.

Abandoned Beauty: Trucks of Enchantment, Photographs by Barbara Bowles
December 9, 2008 – March 1, 2009 – Bergman Theatre Lobby Gallery

Based in Santa Fe, Barbara Bowles has traveled the Southwestern United States discovering unique subjects for her photography, including junkyards. Using her camera, she has captured the spirit of a bygone era, as well as the color and textural variations that can be seen in weathering and decaying vehicles along with other subjects from her native New Mexico and beyond.

Fifth Annual Kids Cowboy Up!
November 18, 2008 – January 11, 2009 – Borderlands Gallery

Throughout the year, staff members from the 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 gathered the best works of art created during the preceding year. The young artists ranged from elementary school to high school students.

2008

Dust and Pearls: Showing ATTITUDE in Cowboys & Cowgirls
September 16 – December 7, 2008 – Bergman Theatre Lobby Gallery

This exhibition showcased the artwork of Santa Fe artist David DeVary, featured artist for the 6th Annual Southeastern Cowboy Festival & Symposium. DeVary believes the cowboy and cowgirl are the American icons of today. As such, these subjects deserve to be painted like the religious icon paintings of much earlier times. DeVary uses metals such as copper, gold and silver along with oil paint to present colorful portraits of cowboys and cowgirls who are full of attitude and raw emotion.

Western American Art South of the Sweet Tea Line II
August 16 – November 30, 2008 – Special Exhibition Gallery

This second edition in the Booth Western Art Museum’s triennial series displays a cross-section of the surprising wealth of Western American art from museums, private collectors, galleries and corporate collections in Georgia and surrounding states. Featured artists include American masters Thomas Moran, Albert Bierstadt, Joseph Henry Sharp, E.I. Couse, Charles Russell, and Ansel Adams. Contemporary Western artists represented included Howard Terpning, Clyde Aspevig, Ken Riley and Alyce Frank.

Drawing on a Legacy: Recent Works by Cherokee Artist Tony Weldon
September 23 – November 16, 2008 – Borderlands Gallery

Of Cherokee descent, Weldon’s passion for his family heritage led him to begin drawing Native Americans. His works, based upon historical research, are highly developed in terms of technique, but also tell a story and convey emotions. One of Tony’s drawings is part of Booth Museum’s permanent collection, while another was recently accepted into the Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian. This exhibition recognized the Cherokee heritage that links the West with the Southeast.

Weaving a Trail Back Home: Cherokee Basketry from the Eastern Band
September 23 – November 16, 2008 – Borderlands Gallery

Featured the artistry of basket makers Eva Wolfe and Rowena Bradley, this exhibition was drawn from the collection of Lambert Wilson in western North Carolina, home of the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Nation. The baskets selected represent the continuing tradition of an art form for which Cherokee people have been known for centuries. It also reminds us of the local roots of a people that became divided between East and West after the infamous Trail of Tears.

Hidden Heritage: Western Art Treasures from an Atlanta Collection
June 24 – September 14, 2008 – Bergman Theatre Lobby Gallery

An Atlanta couple that shared a love for the West and Western art spent over twenty years building an excellent collection of Western images, including many outstanding examples from members of the Cowboy Artists of America. This exhibition surveyed the best of the collection, including powerful oil paintings, highly detailed pencil drawings and dramatic bronze sculptures. This collection reminds us that some of the best examples of Western American art are practically in our backyard.

Neo-abOrginal Art: Sculptural Marvels of Ed Archie NoiseCat
July 29 – September 21, 2008 – Borderlands Gallery

Born and raised in British Columbia, Ed Archie Noisecat was surrounded and influenced by the stories and art forms of the Native Americans of the Northwest Pacific Coast. Although formally trained in New York, and utilizing contemporary methods and materials in his sculpture, Ed continues to evoke the carving traditions of his ancestors. Recently, Noisecat has worked in Oklahoma and New Mexico and has been featured in Southwest Art Magazine. Although he has won awards for large public art commissions, he has also continued to carve works on a small scale.

3rd Biennial Booth Museum Staff, Volunteer and Member Art Exhibition
June 3 – July 27, 2008 – Borderlands Gallery

This exhibition was an opportunity for members, volunteers and staff of the Booth Museum to display the creative talent of the local museum community. Submissions were limited to associates and affiliates of the Booth Museum.

SPACE, SILENCE, SPIRIT: Maynard Dixon’s West

May 3 – July 27, 2008 – Special Exhibition Gallery

This exhibition featured over 75 drawings, small paintings and memorabilia from the A.P. Hays Collection and 15 studio paintings from the stellar collection of Brigham Young University Museum of Art. The Hays Collection included works by two of Dixon’s wives, Dorothea Lange and Edith Hamlin. An array of recently handmade frames included the artist’s hand-carved monogram and logo.

Captured on Canvas! Gunfighters and Outlaws by Bob Boze Bell and Thom Ross
April 1 – June 22, 2008 – Bergman Theatre Lobby Gallery

Bob Boze Bell and Thom Ross are life-long students of Western history; yet choose to create their artwork in a stylized manner that separates it from traditional Western realism. This exhibition focused on their work related to famous individuals such as Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday, “Wild Bill” Hickok, Billy “The Kid” and other historical figures.

Shadow Riders: Rodeo Photography of Mark Gilliland
April 8 – June 1, 2008 – Borderlands Gallery

Mark Gilliland’s black and white photographs give us a behind the scenes look at the vernacular rodeo traditions of small-town America. In fact, this exhibition featured images taken at a recent rodeo in Ringgold just south of the Tennessee State Line in Georgia. The exhibition included a photograph that was awarded Grand Prize in a competition for Cowboys and Indians Magazine.

21st Century Regionalists: Art of the New West
December 22, 2007 – April 13, 2008 – Special Exhibition Gallery

This exhibition featured the art of more than a dozen Western artists who work in a distinctively regional style. While these artists have much in common with the Regionalist movement of the 1930s, they are also quite contemporary, employing modernist techniques and often dealing with poignant social issues. Participating artists selected by guest curator James Burns included: Woody Gwyn, Elaine Holien, Tricia Higgins Hurt, Trish Booth, Howard Post, Doug Smith, Jim Vogel, Josh Eliot, Gary Ernest Smith, Louisa McElwain, Ed Sandoval, Rebecca Tobey, Joshua Tobey and Mark Yale Harris.

The Two Sides of Julia Knight: Old and New Works in Bronze
February 12 – April 6, 2008 – Borderlands Gallery

Julia Knight’s credentials as a bronze sculptor serve as an example of the artistic wealth of Northwest Georgia. Although not a Western artist, her work reflects the Western American spirit of celebrating the diversity of the human and animal personalities that surround us. This exhibit featured a number of her bronze portrait busts, including her depiction of President Jimmy Carter, commissioned by the Booth Western Art Museum.

A Time and Place: Landscapes by Ken McLeskey
February 12 – April 6, 2008 – Borderlands Gallery

Ken McLesky spent his formative years in the urban environs of Atlanta, studying illustration at Atlanta College of Art. However, his discovery of the open spaces and landmarks of the American West inspired him to focus on the beauty and power of these sites in his landscape paintings. The artwork in this exhibition anticipated the coming of spring and the renewal of life.

Like Father, Like Son: The Western Art of Paul and Chris Calle
January 8 – March 30, 2008 – Bergman Theatre Lobby Gallery

This exhibition included more than 20 works of art by famed Western artist Paul Calle and his talented son Chris. Paul’s depictions of mountain men in both oil and pencil are highly prized by collectors. His depictions of explorers of new frontiers extend from high elevations to space travel. Chris has followed in his father’s footsteps by drawing mountain men, but has also made a name for himself as a designer of postage stamps with more than 200 stamps in circulation. In addition to work by each artist, collaborative projects were also on display.

Dancing Ground of the Sun: Paintings of New Mexico by Lynne Friedman
December 18, 2007 – February 10, 2008 – Borderlands Gallery

This exhibit featured vibrant Southwestern landscapes by New York artist Lynne Friedman. Utilizing vivid color and rich texture, Friedman saturates her canvases with the light and warmth of the desert sun. Her masterful interplay of intense colors creates emotionally charged paintings reminiscent of the French Fauves in their vivacity and expressiveness.

As Mother Earth Spins, She Speaks: Pueblo Pottery of Alvina Yepa
December 18, 2007 – February 10, 2008 – Borderlands Gallery

Alvina Yepa comes from a family of artisans of the Jemez (“Hay-mess”) Pueblo in Northern New Mexico. The native people of Jemez speak Towa, a language spoken nowhere else on Earth. Likewise, artistic traditions are passed-down from parents to their children, just as Alvina learned pottery making from her mother. Her exquisite works demonstrate an integration of traditional nature motifs with her own contemporary innovations.

Letter Paintings: Illustrated Envelopes and Letters by Al Napoletano
December 18, 2007 – February 10, 2008 – Borderlands Gallery

For more than 10 years artist Al Napoletano and collector Bill Zigrang have traded letters and small gifts. Many of the envelopes and letters sent by Napoletano have included small drawings or paintings, done in a style similar to the famous letters of artist Charlie Russell. This exhibition showcased more than 20 examples drawn from Zigrang’s private collection.

William Matthews: Watercolors of the West
October 16, 2007 – January 6, 2008 – Bergman Theatre Lobby Gallery

This exhibition featured images of working cowboys and Western landscapes by one of the top watercolor artists in America. Building on the strength of the Booth Museum’s paintings by Matthews, this exhibit showcases a broader range of subjects and further confirms the artist’s skill in depicting the modern West in watercolor.

2007

4th Annual Kids Cowboy Up Art Exhibition
November 20 – December 16, 2007 – Borderlands Gallery

Artwork by members of the Cartersville Boys and Girls Club and Hands of Christ After School Program.

First Light: Native American Paintings by Jack Morris Jones
September 25 – November 18, 2007 – Borderlands Gallery

Featured paintings by Georgia artist Jack Morris Jones that capture the reality and beauty of Native American culture. He employs multiple glazes to create an array of colors and textures on his canvases. Jones’ luminous portraits and breath-taking landscapes evoke a sense of timelessness and celebrate the majesty of nature.

Modern Day Mavericks & Western Icons: Paintings by Carrie Fell
July 24 – October 14, 2007 – Bergman Theatre Lobby Gallery

This exhibition featured Denver artist Carrie Fell’s distinctive cowboys and other Western icons. Bold and edgy, yet simple and fluid, Fell’s work gives traditional icons of the West a modern twist.

A Texas State of Mind: Paintings by Larry Lemons
July 31 – September 23, 2007 – Borderlands Gallery

Featured bold paintings by Larry Lemons inspired by icons of his adopted home state of Texas: armadillos, longhorn skulls, and pickup trucks. Lemons takes common subjects and wraps them in a colorful, often whimsical, package that he calls ‘A Texas State of Mind.’ His work focuses on the good and positive aspects of life and celebrates everything that is Texas.

Beautiful Utility: Decorated Objects from Cowboy & Indian Culture
June 2 – September 16, 2007 – Special Exhibition Gallery

This exhibit explored a wide range of objects gathered from Southern collections including beadwork, leather, quillwork, pottery, and basketry. While viewing these outstanding works of art visitors were encouraged to ponder their intended uses, who the makers were, and why they were so elaborately decorated.

Color, Emotion, Perseverance: Jim Frederick’s West
June 5, 2007 – July 29, 2007 – Borderlands Gallery

Featured dramatic paintings by Dallas artist Jim Frederick, who created an eclectic collection of work focusing on color and emotion. Frederick’s paintings include abstracted landscapes and human forms, enormous cowboy boots, sunflowers, and even some pink cattle!

Awareness, Understanding, Dialogue: John McLeod’s West
June 5, 2007 – July 29, 2007 – Borderlands Gallery

Featured thought-provoking bone, wood, and stone sculptures by Chattanooga artist John McLeod that emphasized the importance of emotional and spiritual awareness. This exhibition highlighted issues relating to human-animal interactions, inviting viewers to consider their relationship to other living beings on earth.

Gone: Photographs of Abandonment on the High Plains
March 3 – May 13, 2007 – Special Exhibition Gallery

Steve Fitch spent a decade driving across the American Great Plains, stopping along the way to photograph the interiors of abandoned buildings – churches, schools, dance halls, and homes. Using a large-format view camera, Fitch captured the interiors of structures in Montana, North and South Dakota, Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas, Colorado, Oklahoma, New Mexico, and Texas.

Making a Hand: Ranch Children of New Mexico
March 3 – May 13, 2007 – Special Exhibition Gallery

This exhibition presented 66 action portraits of young cowboys and cowgirls by Santa Fe photographer Gene Peach. Many people assume, as did Peach, that “the cowboy was a relic of the past.” This exhibition dispelled that belief and other myths and stereotypes associated with ranching and rodeo culture and provided light on this enduring and authentic way of life through the lives of children.

Four Corners: Watercolors by Don Maier
April 10 – June 3, 2007 – Borderlands Gallery

Visitors explored Maier’s series of vibrant, impressionistic watercolors of the Four Corners region of Utah, Colorado, Arizona and New Mexico. Many of the works were painted on location. These evocative landscapes seek to transport you to the American Southwest.

Glass is my Canvas: Fused Glass by Licha Nicholson
April 10, 2007 – June 3, 2007 – Borderlands Gallery

Visitors enjoyed the warm glass designs inspired by the things Nicholson sees, feels and touches in her everyday life. A graduate of the Pilchuck Glass School, founded by Dale Chihuly, Nicholson draws on her Latina roots and the natural beauty around her as inspiration to create expressions in glass.

Illustrations by Jack Davis
May 1 – July 22, 2007 – Bergman Theatre Lobby Gallery

This exhibition featured Western, Civil War and Presidential sketches and completed illustrations by Jack Davis spanning his 60 year career. Davis’ work has appeared in MAD Magazine, DC Comics, Life, Esquire, True West, Frontier Times, Ebony, and Time, including many covers. He also illustrated movie posters, bubble gum cards, display advertising, and music albums.

Demythologizing the West: Large-Scale Photographs by Jay Dusard
February 6 – April 29, 2007 – Theatre Lobby Gallery

Arizona photographer Jay Dusard’s images of contemporary western cowboys, horses, and landscapes are meticulously printed. The exhibition featured 18 images, some are as large as 4′ x 8′, and many of them never seen before. Dusard draws his inspiration from the work of Ansel Adams and Frederick Sommer.

Spirit, Stride, Rhythm: Equine and Wildlife Sculptures by Gerry Wempner
February 13 – April 8, 2007 – Borderlands Gallery

Inspired by Will James and John Steuart Curry, Georgia sculptor Gerry Wempner creates playful works of horses, deer, antelope, and other wildlife. These bronzes evoke thoughts of Americana and the wide-open spaces of the West Wempner observes on his frequent trips to Montana.

Surface, Space, Stone: Lithographs by Keith Rasmussen
February 13 – April 8, 2007 – Borderlands Gallery

Georgia artist Keith Rasmussen created lithographs using a multicolor printing process that required each color to be applied separately. He interpreted the canyons, deserts and rock formations of the West, capturing its physical essence and atmospheric effects.

By Native Hands: Native American Baskets from the Lauren Rogers Museum of Art
December 2, 2006 – February 11, 2007 – Special Exhibition Gallery

Featured a collection of Native American basketry from the Lauren Rogers Museum of Art in Laurel, MS, collected at the turn of the century by Laurel resident Catherine Marshall Gardiner. The collection contains baskets produced between 1850 and 1910, by artisans representing more than forty North American tribes from across the continent. Today’s native basket-makers work within a tradition that is centuries old. Although Native basketry traditions suffered in the dislocations and epidemics of the 18th and 19th centuries, many tribes are reviving the old techniques and encouraging the development of weaving skills in the community. Most basketry traditions are closely tied to the land; baskets are made locally of available fibers and dyed with local plants.

Eyescapes: Changing Perspectives of the West by Kathryn DeLee
December 19, 2006 – February 11, 2007 – Borderlands Gallery

Louisiana artist Kathryn DeLee took viewers on a journey through the West using unique perspectives to convey her impressions of the varied landscapes that make up the geographic area known as ‘The West.’ She used various styles from near realism to extremely abstract to portray scenes from several states. DeLee’s work included abstract close-ups of land formations, satellite views, and scenic views of National Parks.

The Native Art of Horse Painting
December 19, 2006 – February 11, 2007 – Borderlands Gallery

Included ten ‘Masterworks’ horses (cast bonded marble) created for a national art competition sponsored by the Trail of Painted Ponies. Native and non-native artists designed these works to honor and update the tradition of some Native American tribes of painting and decorating one’s horse before going into battle, or on ceremonial occasions.

Dignity, Beauty, Essence: Dee Venzer’s West
November 14, 2006 – February 4, 2007 – Temporary Exhibition Gallery

This exhibition featured Native American and cowboy paintings as well as still life of Western wear by Dee Venzer. Many of the works are from the Museum’s permanent collection, including some of her collage and multimedia pieces. Others will be on loan from local collectors and the artist.

2006

3rd Annual Kids Cowboy Up
November 21 – December 17, 2006 – Borderlands Gallery

Artwork by members of the Cartersville Boys and Girls Club and Hands of Christ After School Program.

A Passion for Pencil: Portraits by Denny Karchner
September 26 – November 19, 2006 – Borderlands Gallery

Visitors discovered Karchner’s photo-realistic drawings of notable Western American figures as well as some of his recent paintings. The exhibition included one of Karchner’s works from the Museum’s permanent collection.

The Essence of Cowboying: Works in Bronze by Curtis Fort
September 26 – November 16, 2006 – Borderlands Gallery

An exhibition that immersed visitors in riding, roping and ranching through the works of cowboy, storyteller and sculptor Curtis Fort, who combines his passions for the American West and sculpting.

Shadows and Selves: Paintings and Photographs by Billy Schenck
August 26 – November 12, 2006 – Bergman Theatre Lobby Gallery

In conjunction with the exhibition of Billy Schenck’s extraordinary collection of New Mexico paintings, the Booth Museum exhibited more than a dozen paintings and photographs created by Billy Schenck. Themes included landscapes, desert images, figures, and descansos (roadside memorial markers).

Serenading the Light: Painters of the Desert Southwest
August 26 – November 12, 2006 – Special Exhibition Gallery

Featured works form the personal collection of artist Billy Schenck. Through the works in this collections, viewers journeyed to Canyon de Chelly, Enchanted Mesa, Sanctuario de Chimayo, the Rio Grande Pueblos, and the mountains, arroyos, canyons and plateaus in between.

Scott Dobbs: The Talisman Series
August 1 – September 24, 2006 – Borderlands Gallery

Explore Dobbs’ series of vibrant, expressionistic watercolors interpreting the Lewis and Clark expedition.  This exhibition continues our celebration of the bicentennial of the Corps of Discovery Expedition.

Recapturing the Old West: Sculptures by Bruce Everly
August 1 – September 24, 2006 – Borderlands Gallery

Explore everyday cowboy life in Everly’s works. An accomplished wildlife and figurative sculptor, Everly specializes in Western and Civil War figures; this exhibition primarily highlighted his Western works.

Collecting the West: Highlights from the Hasty Collection
March 7 – August 20, 2006 – Bergman Theatre Lobby Gallery

On loan from the collection of Canton, Georgia, residents Linda and William Hasty, Jr. These 14 works, in a variety of media, represent the collecting tastes of two Georgia natives who fell in love with Western art. Included in the exhibition are original works by Charles M. Russell, Frederic Remington, Joseph H. Sharp, and Olaf C. Seltzer, plus engravings by Thomas Moran, Albert Bierstadt, and Oscar Berninghaus.

Trees In A Circle: Navajo Weavings of Teec Nos Pos
May 13 – August 13, 2006 – Special Exhibition Gallery

Featured a collection of weavings spanning nearly a century. Organized by the Farmington Museum, the exhibition presented a rare glimpse into the aesthetic, technical and design evolution of a particular weaving tradition. These spectacular textiles, along with insights from Navajo weavers and the subsequent story of one trading post family’s heritage, highlighted the exhibit.

Gateway to Navajoland: The Art of Silversmithing
May 13 – August 13, 2006 – Special Exhibition Gallery

Featured selections from five local collections of stunning Navajo silverwork, including squash blossom necklaces, bolo ties, bracelets, rings, belt buckles, and a concho belt, ranging from the late 19th century to the late 20th century.

2nd Biennial Booth Museum Staff, Volunteer and Member Art Exhibition
June 6 – July 30, 2006 – Borderlands Gallery

This exhibition was an opportunity for members, volunteers and staff of the Booth Museum to display the creative talent of the local museum community. Submissions were limited to associates and affiliates of the Booth Museum.

Wild Ride: Artistic Lessons of Nature by Eric Strauss
April 4 – July 30, 2006 – Borderlands Gallery and Grounds

This exhibition featured 18 stainless steel sculptures by Georgia artist Eric Strauss, the largest number of his works ever assembled in one exhibition. It was shown at Booth Museum first and then toured the state, going to art centers, museums, and botanical gardens.

Expressions: Portraits by Stanley Pawelczyk
April 4 – June 4, 2006 – Borderlands Gallery

Featured drawings and paintings of Native Americans, silver screen cowboys, and Civil War figures by South Carolina artist Stanley Pawelczyk.

An Artist with the Corps of Discovery: The Art of Charles Fritz
December 8, 2005 – April 9, 2006 – Special Exhibition Gallery

Featured 50 paintings of the Lewis and Clark expedition by Montana artist Charles J. Fritz. Organized by the Montana Museum of Art and Culture, the works in this exhibit retrace the steps of Lewis and Clark, highlighting key moments and events in the history of the Expedition from 1803 – 1806. Aside from a few sketches of plants and artifacts, drawn by William Clark on the pages of his journal, there are no contemporary visual representations of any phase of the expedition. The book accompanying the exhibition featured commentaries on the art and work written by historian Stephen Ambrose.

Peace Pipes and Smoke Signals: The Art of Connie Lynn Reilly
February 6 – April 2, 2006 – Borderlands Gallery

A colorist at heart, Reilly loves depicting realistic subjects including Native Americans and Civil War figures.

Spirit Catchers: Expressions in Bronze by Mark & Eli Hopkins
February 6 – April 2, 2006 – Borderlands Gallery

Featured bronze sculptures by Mark Hopkins, who lived many years in Emerson, Georgia, and his son Eli. Described as “bronze in motion,” Mark’s work is flowing. Eli’s work is unique, and stands on its own, dissimilar from, although influenced by, his father’s work.

Reclaimed Wood: Balance, Harmony and Mystery in the Art of Betty Tipton
December 13, 2005 – February 5, 2006 – Borderlands Gallery

Featured wildlife and Native American wood carvings by Atlanta artist Betty Tipton. Through her work she strives to push woodcarving into the realm of fine art. The balance and harmony of nature reflected in Tipton’s work demonstrate her love of nature.

Whimsical West: Heroes and Villains in the Drawings of Darryl Willison
December 13, 2005 – February 5, 2006 – Borderlands Gallery

Featured drawings by Darryl Willison, known as ‘America’s Drawing Cowboy.’ Willison uses variety of whimsical approaches to bring alive the 19th century Wild West in his drawings. He gives viewers part of a story and encourages them to use their imagination to fill in the rest.

2005

2nd Annual Kids Cowboy Up
November 14 – December 11, 2005 – Borderlands Gallery

Artwork by more than 40 members of the Cartersville Boys and Girls Club and Hands of Christ After School Program.

Photo Works by Bob Wade
Lassoing the Imagination: Vintage Cowgirls Ride Again
September 29 – November 20, 2005 – Special Exhibition Gallery

Doubleday’s Cowgirls were brought to life again in the large-scale ‘Photo Works’ of artist and sculptor Bob ‘Big Daddy’ Wade. After more than 25 years of experimentation, he is adept at merging the mediums of photography and painting.

Doubleday’s Cowgirls: Women in the Rodeo
September 29 – November 20, 2005 – Special Exhibition Gallery

Featured vintage photographs of women rodeo performers from the collection of the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City. Over four decades, Ralph Russell Doubleday, a freelance photographer, pictorially recorded and documented the history of both big and little rodeos, their events, activities, specialty acts, and personalities. During the “Golden Age of Sport” (1919-1929), cowgirls and the sport of rodeo flourished and evolved. Female athletes from the United States enjoyed increased opportunities to compete during the 1920s.

Illuminating the Mind: Soulful Work of K. L. McKenna
September 19 – November 13, 2005 – Borderlands Gallery

Featured vibrant landscape paintings of the West highlighting McKenna’s unique use of color, light and composition, drawing inspiration from the landscapes she knows and loves so well. Katherine paints in the Impressionistic style.

Kowboy Krunch and Western Kitsch: Seeing the West Through the Art of Jonathan Fenske
July 25 – September 18, 2005 – Borderlands Gallery

Featured playful contemporary paintings of Western wooden and plastic toy subjects. Fenske’s favorite subjects include anything brightly colored, “pop culture objects not to dismiss as not art.” Organized in cooperation with Matre Gallery of Atlanta.

Western American Art South of the Sweet Tea Line
June 16 – September 11, 2005 – Special Exhibition Gallery

Featured seldom-seen Western American art from private and public art collections in Georgia and other Southern states. Included work by artists such as Maynard Dixon, Charles Berninghaus, Carl Oscar Borg, Ernest Blumenschein, Thomas Moran, Robert Henri, Joseph Henry Sharp, Kim Wiggins, Peter Hurd, William R. Leigh, Thomas Hart Benton, Paul Strand, and Edward Western.

Rodeo, Ranching & Roosters: The Art of Linda Ballantine Brown
May 31 – July 24, 2005 – Borderlands Gallery

Featured artwork reflective of Ballantine Brown’s experiences with ranch life in Florida for over 25 years. Showing a life that most people are unaware exists in a state most known for its beaches, Ballantine Brown documents Florida’s cowboy culture.

Journey Through the Mind, Heart, Body, and Soul of Julia Speer
May 31 – July 24, 2005 – Borderlands Gallery

Featured ceramic sculptures by Atlanta artist Julia Speer, whose work is natural and organic, full of life, “created to provoke thought and invoke something magical.” Introspective and ethereal, Speer’s art is the product of searching and a connection to Native American spirituality. The deserts, architecture, and arid landscapes of the Southwest are primary influences for Speer’s work.

American Spirit Remembered: The Art of Mort Künstler
March 1 – May 30, 2005 – Special Exhibition Gallery

Featured historical artwork spanning the history of the U.S. and the career of famed artist Mort Künstler. Produced in conjunction with Hammer Galleries in New York, this exhibition included Western, Civil War, space, American history, and movie poster subjects.

American Spirit Remembered: The Art of Mort Künstler
March 1 – May 30, 2005 – Special Exhibition Gallery

Featured historical artwork spanning the history of the U.S. and the career of famed artist Mort Künstler. Produced in conjunction with Hammer Galleries in New York, this exhibition included Western, Civil War, space, American history, and movie poster subjects.

Ebb & Flow: The Art of Matthew Craven and Shane McDonald
April 5 – May 30, 2005 – Borderlands Gallery

Showcased highlights from the careers of two Atlanta area artists whose work is often inspired by nature. The works showed landscapes to figurative pieces to abstracts. McDonald works in oil, pastel, and acrylic while Craven sculpts in earthenware stoneware and creates encaustics, a centuries-old process that uses heated beeswax with pigments mixed in, then applied with brushes.

Echoes: A Visual Reflection Photographs by Richard Buswell
February 1 – March 25, 2005 – Borderlands Gallery

Featured carefully composed black and white photographs of decaying objects, places, and things. Buswell, a proud fourth generation Montanan, focuses his camera on artifacts of the Montana frontier. Buswell’s images are more interpretive than they are documentary.

Arts for the Parks
December 28, 2004 – February 13, 2005 – Special Exhibition Gallery

Featured the top 11 works of art chosen at the annual art show that raises funds for the National Parks system.

Recent Paintings by Hubert Wackerman
December 7, 2004 – January 30, 2005 – Borderlands Gallery

Featured paintings of Native Americans by West German-born artist Hubert Wackerman. For more than three decades Wackerman has traveled North America in search of new subjects. He paints in a wide variety of media.

Recent Sculptures by John Rutan
December 7, 2004 – January 30, 2005 – Borderlands Gallery

Featured artwork by artist John Rutan, whose work is inspired by his Montana roots. Philosophically, Rutan’s work is about everyman’s struggle to survive, define who he is, and how he belongs in the world. Artistically, Rutan is concerned with the depth and exploration of color, and compositional balances.

2004

Kids Cowboy Up! Exhibition
October 12 – December 5, 2004 – Borderlands Gallery

Outreach program that featured artwork from members of the Cartersville Boys and Girls Club and Hands of Christ After School Program.

Selling the Sizzle: The Art of Movie Posters
October 7 – December 12, 2004 – Special Exhibition Gallery

Featured a large number of Western movie posters from the Booth Museum’s collection, along with many of the original oil paintings from which the posters were made.

Polaroid Transfers by Jodie Sinclair
August 10 – October 10, 2004- Borderlands Gallery

Featured Polaroid transfers with Southwestern landscapes by Boston photographer, Jodie Sinclair. Using a Polaroid land camera and type 669 Polaroid film camera, she peels the paper back after a few seconds of exposure, then transfers the dyes to watercolor paper.

Recent Sculptures by Jim Ford
August 10 – October 10, 2004 – Borderlands Gallery

Featured bronze sculptures by Colorado artist, Jim Ford. Ford’s work combines a love for the figure, prose, and ethnic diversity. Many of his subjects are Native American.

West by Southwest
August 5 – September 26, 2004 – Special Exhibition Gallery

Featured 62 paintings from the Museum of the Southwest in Midland, Texas. The exhibition focused primarily on the art of the Taos Society of Artists including works by Oscar Berninghaus, Ernest Blumenschein, E. Irving Couse, W. Herbert “Buck” Dunton, Ernest Martin Hennings, William Victor Higgins, Bert Geer Phillips, Joseph Henry Sharp, and Walter Ufer.

Recent Works by Steve Penley
March 12 – May 2, 2004 – Borderlands Gallery

Featured the work of Atlanta artist Steve Penley including Presidents, cowboys, and Civil War figures. Penley’s style uses elements of pop-art, photo-realism, and abstraction to create dynamic and unique works of art in an unmistakable style that is entirely his own.

The Other Side of the West: Re-creating New Icons of the West
March 16 – July 18, 2004 – Special Exhibition Gallery

Featured fresh views of the West from contemporary artists such as Nelson Boren, Billy Schenck, David DeVary, J. E. Knauf, and others.

Recent Works by Dee Venzer
January 4 – February 22, 2004 – Borderlands Gallery

Featured more than two dozen paintings by Dee Venzer. Her portraits express the pride the individual has in his or her heritage and the value of their differences. She often combines past and present images to link yesterday and today. Venzer’s subjects include cowboys, Native Americans, and still-life paintings of cowboy gear.

Greetings From New Mexico: Vintage Postcards
January 4 – February 22, 2004 – Special Exhibition Gallery

More than 100 vintage postcards from the 1910s and 1920s from the collections of the Palace of the Governors, Museum of New Mexico, Photographic Archives, Fray Angelico Chavez History Library and traveling under the auspices of TREX: The Traveling Exhibitions Program of the Museum of New Mexico.

Return to Route 66: Photographs From The Mother Road by Shellee Graham
January 4 – February 22, 2004 – Special Exhibition Gallery

Featured photographs of the landscapes, people and landmarks along Route 66, known as the Mother Road, traversing two-thirds of the nation from Chicago, IL to Santa Monica, CA by photographer Shellee Graham.

2003

Window on the West: Views from the American Frontier – The Phelan Collection
October 9 – December 5, 2003 – Special Exhibition Gallery

Included works by Frederic Remington, Peter Moran, Albert Bierstadt, Carl Bodmer, George Catlin, and other artists. Created for the Trust for Museum Exhibitions, featuring approximately 60 works of art showing the development of settlements on the frontier.

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