Art for Lunch: Illustrating the Story of a the First U.S. Deputy Marshal of Color
Many thanks to The Booth Western Art Museum and Executive Director Seth Hopkins for the invitation to GAS-ART GIFTS’ owner R. Gregory Christie to speak about his creative process for illustrating the book, “Bad News for Outlaws: The Remarkable Life of Bass Reeves, Deputy U. S. Marshal”.
If you are anywhere near Cartersville, GA then it is certainly worth the drive to see the 120,000 square foot museum with it’s modern interior, interactive children’s area and exemplary permanent collection!
Mr. Christie noted that “there is such care in this place’s curating , In addition to the flow and organization of the artwork there seems to be an intentional thought to include diversity in the subject matter while upholding a quality in the aesthetics. I feel that these images tells everyone’s story, native, black, brown, white, male and female there’s even currently an exhibition on animals! I appreciate that they made the effort to dig deeper with their visual descriptions of the West”!
Some highlights from the permanent collection are “Barack, Young Buckaroo” by portrait artist Carrie L Ballantyne and “Now What” by Thomas Blacksheer, both in the, Faces of the West Gallery. In the Carolyn & James Millar Presidential Gallery, You can see hand signed letters from every single president accompanied with a portrait and presidential career highlights.