Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Donated Painting Raises $2,000 for SRAC!

Charles Durant Painting raised $2,000 for SRAC

Over a year ago, Lillian Warren came to SRAC and donated a painting to us to raise funds. The truth is that I wasn't sure that we could sell it to our demographic and set it on an inconspicuous shelf. ...I think I had $25 on it or something like that...

It wasn't until a good friend of SRAC - and artist in his own right - Albert White came in one day that changed the course of things...Albert took one look at the painting and said, "Deb  you want to take that painting upstairs and research it on some pulp art websites - I think you'll find it."

After researching it - I did in fact find the painting - and not only that - but found out that it had been the cover of the October 1932 issue of the "Ace High Magazine" - !

October 1932 Ace High Magazine
Initially I contacted about 8 auction houses and several pulp and western art dealers acrossed the country  but nobody would go above $1,000 for it and I just thought that I should keep trying...Over the past year there were times that I would hear from someone from Texas or that had interests in the JE Ranch, etc as well and I would ask them to share our painting with interested buyers...But nothing ever came of the efforts...

So last week I just decided that I would post it in eBay for the price I was willing to take for it ($2,000) and see what happened. To my surprise - I got the bid, and yesterday it sold for $2,000.

I cannot stress enough that we are blessed to have the good people that SRAC has around us. First Lillian donated this painting, and second, Albert could have just bought the painting for $25 and sold it himself - but he didn't - he was honest with me and guided me and in fact is the real reason why we ended up with $2,000 yesterday.

I want to thank Lilian and Albert publicly here for being so generous and well just great people - and I want to say that although I think that some people think that SRAC isn't in need of support because we always seem to have good fortune and successful reports - when the truth is that SRAC is truthfully less well off (financially) than any other museum in our region. We have no endowment money to fall back on, we have a mortgage to pay for, and we don't take state or federal funding.....At the same time we are open 5 days a week, give school field trips for free and host incredible events that cannot be seen anywhere else in the region...all with volunteer staffing.

So I want to thank EVERYONE who understands how hard we work to keep things going and supports SRAC and our mission to preserve the Native American archaeology of our region and to share the thousands of artifacts and our knowledge with our community. Without your continued support, we really could not do what we do. And to me - - this feel good story is the launch of the Christmas spirit for SRAC this year...

This Christmas - Help somebody if you can.

Monday, November 28, 2011

RARE 1898 Native American Portraits at SRAC

We have 20 of the "Rinehart Indian Portraits" that were donated to us and are now on sale in the SRAC gift Shop! 

In 1898 Frank A Rinehart set up a photo studio at the Trans-Mississippian Expo where he photographed many Native Americans who had participated in the Battle of Little Big Horn and Wounded Knee. 

More than five hundred American Indians from thirty-five tribes attended the 1898 Trans-Mississippi and International Exposition in Omaha, Nebraska. American ethnographer James Mooney (1868-1921) of the U.S. Bureau of Ethnology hired Omaha native Rinehart to photograph the tribal delegates. The sheer number of Rinehart's exposition portraits ensures that they represent the most comprehensive collection of images of early-twentieth-century Indian leaders. 

These reprints are from the original glass plate negatives. Don't miss your chance to own one of the 20 - some photos which are hyped to be the BEST of the Rinehart collection! At just $24.99 each - they would make a great Christmas gift! Each poster is 19 inches wide by 24.5 inches high, sealed in plastic w/ backing and accompanied by the above information. An example can be seen in the photo below:

Each poster is also etched with the persons name and tribe :

Act quick and get first picks - as we only have one of each of these items !

Thank you for supporting SRAC!

Saturday, November 26, 2011

M.L Gore Painting on Sale by SRAC on Ebay

SRAC just received an original - one-of-a-kind painting by one of the most famous painters in our area - M. L. Gore. It is of the Teton Mountains in Wyoming and we have placed it on eBay - so please help us get the word out to all of the local art collectors who might want to keep it local. It is huge (30 x 48 inches!) and in a beautiful oak frame.

To view and/or bid on the painting on eBay - use the following link:

Thank you for supporting SRAC and our efforts!

Friday, November 25, 2011

Upcoming Events at SRAC!

 There's ALWAYS Something Going on at SRAC!
Buy one - Get One FREE Admission to SRAC's Exhibit Hall until 2012! 
(SRAC members get in free everyday!)