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Monday, June 14, 2010

Art from life at the Cowboy Hall of Fame

One of the joys in life is covering the Prix de West at the national Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum for the magazine, Persimmon Hill.

This year's assignment included Saturday's sculpture demonstration by Canadian Richard Loffler, who prefers to sculpt from life. Thanks to the Comanche Nation, two eagles were brought for him to consider, and he chose the beautiful Ornate Hawk Eagle from Peru's Amazon forests.

I've got loads of notes for the story, but I brought my camera, and what a treat! More stories and photos of this event soon.

Shiva and Troy
Sculptor Richard Loffler gets up close
Working from scratch to a work of art
Eagle Eye.
 Art is amazing.

13 comments:

  1. How cool!! I have never been to the museum, but I should check it out! This rain and thunder is crazy!!! Your email=confirmed!!

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  2. You must go...it makes you feel goo!

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  3. My father has a season pass to the cowboy museum. He loves anything cowboy. My parents 1st date was him doing six shooter toss'em tricks....surprise they're still married 27 years later.

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  4. Yep, and it's not just cowboy...its west. Cool story!

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  5. I love that museum. It saved my life. 10 years ago I had a really crappy job in an office nearby. My wife bought me a membership and I would go over and wander around once or twice a week and it would really lift my spirits. I never got tired of it.

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  6. Yogi...museums do that...save lives! This year's Prix de West boggles my mind

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  7. This is amazing! Sculpting boggles my mind! I can draw and paint, but sculpting is a REAL art. So much talent.

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  8. I will have to check out the museum!

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  9. Wow sculpting a live animal sounds difficult! It looks super awesome!

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  10. Your blog is too cool. I like that you have the Oklahoma musical song. Go Texas!

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  11. I was looking at my coffee cup at work today, and I thought you'd like it. I got it from a tech theatre conference I went to in August, it has a picture of a gobo (used in lighting instruemtns to add texture and shapes to a light) of coffee beans.

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  12. I really like your photographs... pics are so more much fun to follow.

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  13. Dear Dr. Clark,

    I can't wait to read more blogs!!
    Haha.

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