Denver gallery event has Western view

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Visitors are welcome at a special event planned by Hilliard Moore’s Great Western Art Gallery in downtown Denver from 5 to 9 p.m. Sept. 20, where art, storytelling, music, poetry and cowboy vittles will be presented. A percentage of sales proceeds will benefit the Buffalo Bill Museum in Golden.

Steve Friesen, historian, director of the Buffalo Bill Museum and author of “Bill: Scout, Showman and Visionary,” and Carolyn Campbell, artist and author of “Soiled Doves of Colorado and the Old West,” will be among the storytellers.

Singer and Western entertainer Liz Masterson will perform at the free event. She has taken her yodeling, singing, humorous stories and guitar-playing skills across the country to the Smithsonian and the Kennedy Center. She has appeared frequently at the Littleton Museum in past years.

Western art will be featured at the gallery through Oct. 25, including works by Albert Micale, who grew up in the East, drawing cowboys and Indians since childhood, and became an established Western illustrator, although it was 1968 before he traveled west of the Mississippi. He studied history, collected books and other materials and painted from his imagination. He said he does not work from photographs.

In his “The Price of Winning,” the stars are positioned as they would be in a winter sky, according to Moore. The painting tells a sad story.

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