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The West Comes to Bryan/College Station

For Release: January 30, 2003
College Station, TX - On Saturday, February 1, the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum will open a new exhibit that focuses on the lure of the west and its influences on art, culture, and our history.

Entitled Legends of the West, this exhibit captures the spirit and determination of a new breed of Americans as our nation expanded west.

The West still resonates within us. The same sense of adventure and exploration that captured America's imagination when Jefferson sent Lewis and Clark in 1804 to explore the unknown, uncharted land brought a young George Bush to West Texas 150 years later. It is the same sense of freedom, the same restlessness, and same dreams that called settlers in wagon trains as they trudged along the Oregon Trail or the Santa Fe Trail into California and settling all lands in between. They were searching for gold, or land, or independence or opportunity or something for nothing.

The taming of the West would forever change our history and our culture as a nation. The Museum at the George Bush Library is exploring the extraordinary events of our nation's westward expansion through American art, American history, and American cultural artifacts. Legends of the West brings together original fine art, photographs, and popular boot art from across the country

Serious Western classics such as Frederic Remington, Charles Russell, Peter Hurd, Frank Reaugh, Tom Lea, and Thomas Moran are all represented in bronze and oil in this extraordinary exhibit. Modern artists such as Carrie Fell and Larry Pirnie give us their take on West as a state of mind. A 1940 vintage Indian motorcycle will be corralled with its modern cousin against striking 19th century black and white photographs of proud Native Americans.

Eighty pairs of cowboy boots, with a special collection of Texas boots, will populate the display and showcase bootmaking and leather crafting as an art form. Boot makers and craftsman from all over the United States were asked for samples of their very best work. "I think you will be amazed by the dazzling array of boots — from the serious to the sublime. The amount of detail from the decorative beadwork to the detailed painting that was involved in creating some of these walking masterpieces is just incredible," commented Museum Curator Patricia Burchfield.

This exhibit is as wild as when the West was young. An eclectic mix of some of the finest Western art spiced with a playful dash of popular culture. Everyone will find something to his or her liking. Don't miss the magnificent sculpture, paintings, and artifacts of Legends of the West on exhibit February 1 - July 5, 2003.

George Bush Presidential Library and Museum
1000 George Bush Drive West, College Station, Texas 77845
Telephone: (979) 691-4000 | Facsimile: (979) 691-4050 | TTY: (979) 691-4091