The Western Trail Historical Society will host the premiere program for an art exhibition titled “Keeper of the West,” an art exhibition of the paintings, sculptures, and drawings of renowned Oklahoma artist Harold T. Holden. It will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 7 at the Museum of the Western Prairie in Altus.
“Knowing that many of us think of H. Holden as a sculptor because we are familiar with two of his pieces of public art: Crossin’ the Red which sits in front of the Jackson County Courthouse and Vision Seeker which sits in the City Park on East Broadway, we were particularly pleased to secure an exhibition that showcases this cowboy artist’s talents as a painter,” explained Jennie Buchanan, director of the Museum of the Western Prairie.
The exhibition is on loan to the museum from NBC Oklahoma Bank and will hang in The First Gallery of the museum through the end of May. The exhibition was guest curated by Stacey Durham of the Wigwam Gallery.
The Premiere program will showcase the narrative, or story, of each painting as related by the artist himself. Then, a local cowboy, Joe Buchanan, will respond with comments about the details in the paintings and the authenticity of their presentation. “Joe manages our family’s ranch, has cowboyed in this area for over thirty-five years, and has a real love for the cowboy way of life. I know our audience will enjoy his comments and stories which will afford them the opportunity to view the paintings from a new perspective – that of a contemporary working cowboy,” explained Buchanan. “Holden’s work schedule does not allow him to participate in the Premiere program, so I will share the narrative he’s provided about each painting. I anticipate being completely upstaged by Joe to the delight of our guests!”
The First Gallery will open at 6:30 p.m., and the Premiere program will begin at 7 p.m. in the Braddock Gallery of the Museum of the Western Prairie which is located at 1100 Memorial Drive in Altus.
The event is free and open to the public.
For more information, call the Museum of the Western Prairie at 580-482-1044.
Jennie Buchanan is the Director of the Museum of the Western Prairie