"Views from the American Frontier" exhibit opens April 26 - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

"Views from the American Frontier" exhibit opens April 26 at Historic City Hall

"Following a Trail" by Richard Lorenz, 1900. (SOURCE: Denise Fasske) "Following a Trail" by Richard Lorenz, 1900. (SOURCE: Denise Fasske)
"Mountain and River" by Abigail Tyler Oakes, 1956. (SOURCE: Denise Fasske) "Mountain and River" by Abigail Tyler Oakes, 1956. (SOURCE: Denise Fasske)
"Indian Family" by Cyrinus Bolliva McClellan, 1881. (SOURCE: Denise Fasske) "Indian Family" by Cyrinus Bolliva McClellan, 1881. (SOURCE: Denise Fasske)

The following is a news release from the Historic City Hall Arts and Cultural Center:

The Historic City Hall Arts and Cultural Center has announced the arrival of a new exhibition, "Window on the West: Views from the American Frontier." It will open on Friday, April 26, during the Spring Art Walk from 5-9 p.m. The exhibition will hang in the second floor gallery through July 20.

"Window on the West", a collection of Arthur J. Phelan, is an examination of Western American art. The exhibition includes more than 60 works from artists who all share the rare characteristic of being one of the first to set eyes on the vast, untouched land of Western America.

Loosely divided into three themes, the exhibition explores the ways in which America's ideas of national identity became intertwined with, and expressed through, our visual conception of the western frontier. 

Natural Beauty, Natural Wonder consists of landscapes sometimes painted to lure potential settlers with depictions of the wide open spaces, mountainous skylines, and geological formations foreign to the native scenery of the East Coast.

Western Settlement and Development focuses on a century's sequence of settlements built by the diverse populations inhabiting the West. This theme also highlights habitations of Native American tribes, military buildings protecting early Spanish colonists and forts and towns established later by Anglo-American settlers.

Images and Icons documents the way in which western settlement transformed the lives of native populations and gave rise to the occupations and personalities that would endure in western iconography.  

"Window on the West" is being distributed by Exhibits Development Group out of Saint Paul, Minnesota. For more information visit www.exhibitsdevelopment.com.

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