Joe Beeler’s Epic Talent and Legacy Highlighted in Exhibition

Cowboy Artists of America founders (L-R) Joe Beeler, Charlie Dye, John Hampton and George Phippen at the Oak Creek Tavern in Sedona, Arizona (June 23, 1965). Photo courtesy of Cowboy Artists of America.

“The Art of Joe Beeler: A Western Original,” on display January 19 through October 28, 2018 at Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West, includes more than 80 paintings and bronze sculptures by the artist, as well as a recreation of Beeler’s Sedona, Arizona studio. The nearly completed painting “Into the North Wind,” which was on Beeler’s easel at the time of his death, is included in the exhibition. In addition, a joyful portrait entitled “Rememberin’ Joe” by renowned western artist Martin Grelle is featured.

A fourth-generation westerner, Beeler (1931-2006) was equally admired for his artistic talent, authenticity, warm heart and sense of humor. Working in bronze, oil, pastel, watercolor, pencil and charcoal, he portrayed Plains and Southwest Native Americans, cowboys, mountain men, animals, and everyday moments of western life.

Joe Beeler, Cowboy In A Slicker, oil on canvas; On loan from The Eddie Basha Collection. Photo by Cesar Laure.

During his long and prosperous artistic career, Beeler helped define western art not only for his generation but future generations. He was one of four co-founders of the Cowboy Artists of America, which is recognized as one of the most influential artists’ groups in the nation’s history. The other founders (George Phippen, Charlie Dye and John Hampton) were also prominent western artists and Arizona residents. Formed in June 1965 at Sedona, Arizona’s Oak Creek Tavern, the mission of the by-invitation-only organization is to authentically preserve and perpetuate the culture of western life in fine art.

The exhibition artworks are on loan from several institutions and private collections. These include the Jody and Monica Beeler Collection (son and daughter-in-law of the artist), The Eddie Basha Collection, the Tim Peterson Family Collection, and Woolaroc Museum, Bartlesville, Oklahoma.

The exhibition, which is located in the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust Fine Arts Gallery, is included with museum admission. Scottsdale’s Museum of the West is located at 3830 N. Marshall Way in downtown Scottsdale, Arizona.


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