Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Art and Antlers in Jackson

When we arrived in Jackson, Wyoming, it was too chilly and snowy to walk around town so we drove around and found a treasure ... the National Museum of Wildlife Art. Modeled after a Scottish castle and set on a hillside overlooking the National Elk Refuge, it is one of the most stunning museum settings I've seen.

I was expecting local art. However, the collection includes work by Rousseau, O'Keefe, Bierstadt and the largest public collection of Carl Rungius, considered the "Old Master" of North American wildlife art. I was particularly taken by Rungius's work since he started his adventures primarily as a hunter.

If you can't get to Jackson anytime soon, take this virtual tour. Here are just a few things I particularly liked. I am so glad it snowed.

Wapiti Trail by Bart Walter

Buffalo in the Snow

Tetons by Marvin Oliver
Museum Logo

Chief by Robert Bateman
Bison and the museum overlook
And, of course, what would a trip to Jackson be without a photo of one of the antler arches that grace the town square?

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