Cowboy Artist Russell Celebrated at Root Beer Reception and Spotlight



Sarah Boehme
Director, Stark Museum of Art
409.886.ARTS (2787)


Cowboy Artist Russell Celebrated at Root Beer Reception and Spotlight


ORANGE, Texas, April 2, 2012 – On April 12, from 5:00 – 7:00 pm., Stark Museum of Art will host a Root Beer Reception and Gallery Spotlight on “cowboy artist” Charles Marion Russell. This event is free and open to the public and will precede the national premier of the one-man, two-act play Charlie Russell’s Recollection of the Old West at Lutcher Theater. The theater performance will begin at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are on sale at Lutcher Theater box office.


The Museum Reception and Spotlight event will include root beer and light refreshments along with Museum Docent Earl Parker’s gallery spotlight highlighting Russell as a writer of illustrated letters. Spotlight times are 5:30, 6:00 and 6:30 p.m. Charles Russell (1864-1926) is known for the many special letters he wrote to friends, characterized by his eccentric spelling and punctuation, wry observations and humor, and personally drawn watercolor illustrations. Parker will focus on the letters on view in the Museum such as two letters that Russell wrote to fellow artist Philip R. Goodwin, in which he discusses projects such as his important mural of Lewis and Clark for the Montana State Capitol.


“The Museum is fortunate to have many of Russell’s works of art. The Root Beer Reception and Spotlight is an opportunity for anyone to learn more about one of the most beloved of American western artists. It will be the perfect evening for those attending the show, who will be able to see original paintings, letters and sculptures and then experience the personality behind them,” says Stark Museum of Art Director Sarah Boehme.


Tickets for Charlie Russell’s Recollection of the Old West are $25 for adults and $15 for students and can be purchased at or by calling the Lutcher Theater box office at 409.886.5535. Lutcher Theater is located at 707 Main in Orange, Texas. 
Located at 712 Green Avenue in Orange, Texas, Stark Museum of Art is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Admission is free for all ages. Group tours are available by appointment. For more information, call 409.886.ARTS (2787) or visit


Charles Marion Russell, Friend Goodwin

Charles Marion Russell (1864-1926), Friend Goodwin [Philip R. Goodwin], January 26, 1912, ink and watercolor on paper, Stark Museum of Art, Orange, Texas, 11.106.22 page 2.


Charles Marion Russell, Richard Jones

Charles Marion Russell (1864-1926), Richard Jones, February 8, 1923, pen and ink, and watercolor on paper, 11 x 8.5 inches, Stark Museum of Art, Orange, Texas, 11.106.7.


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About the Stark Museum of Art
The Stark Museum of Art focuses on the stunning land, the dramatic people and the diverse wildlife of the American West. Paintings, sculpture and prints interpret the West from nineteenth century frontier artists to the twentieth century artistic colonies in New Mexico. Artists include John James Audubon, Frederic Remington, Charles Marion Russell, and Georgia O’Keeffe.


The Museum also features a significant collection of American Indian objects, including baskets, pottery, clothing and weavings. Other permanent collections in the Museum include the complete porcelain American Bird Series by Dorothy Doughty and the only complete series of The United States in Crystal, a collection of crystal urns produced by Steuben Glass to depict the 50 states and the Union.


The Stark Museum of Art is a program of the Nelda C. and H.J. Lutcher Stark Foundation, a private operating foundation, whose other programs include the Frances Ann Lutcher Theater for the Performing Arts, Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center, and The W.H. Stark House.