Woolaroc to host contemporary wildlife exhibit, sale

Staff Writer
Pawhuska Journal-Capital
Woolaroc to host contemporary wildlife exhibit, sale

Woolaroc Museum & Wildlife Preserve is preparing to host a national art show from Oct. 3 through Dec. 31.

Ten years ago, Dean and Kathy Zervas dreamed of being able to elevate Woolaroc’s national image by hosting a major art show. In 2013, the first part of that dream started to take shape when Woolaroc hosted “The Lewis and Clark — Corps of Discovery” exhibition and sale. The overwhelming success of that show was the energy that was needed for the next step for Woolaroc, says Woolaroc CEO Bob Fraser.

Thanks to the great help from the late John Geraghty, noted art collector and national art magazine columnist, a world-class exhibit was put together, which Woolaroc will host the last three months of 2015.

As for the title of the show, “The Best of the Best” represents seven of the premier contemporary wildlife artists in America today, which will be a historic event in and of itself, as these artists have never shown exclusively together before. Included in this elite group are four painters, Ken Carlson, Bob Kuhn, James Morgan and Tucker Smith, and three sculptors, Ken Bunn, Walter Matia and Tim Shinabarger. More than 36 collectors from all over the United States have contributed to the retrospective aspect of the show, which accounts for 15 pieces for each artist in addition to many new works that will be for sale.

This exhibit will be open to the general public starting Oct. 4 and will be open every Wednesday through Sunday until Dec. 31. There is no additional charge for the art show; regular admission to Woolaroc covers it as well as the rest of the “magic” of this national treasure.

For more info, go to www.woolaroc.org or call Woolaroc on Monday through Friday at 918-336-0307, ext. 10.