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Crown of the Continent: Glacier National Park Gallery (Permanent Exhibition) 
& Long-Term Loans 2005

Crown of the Continent:
Glacier National Park Exhibition Room

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The Hockaday Museum is proud to host a permanent exhibition room focused solely on the art and culture of Glacier National Park. This permanent exhibit opened January 15, 2004. The gallery made its debut with works by past and present-day photographers, sculptors, and painters of the Park, as well as collectibles produced for marketing the park in its early years. The art in this exhibition changes from time to time, but always features the art of Glacier National Park. 

Artists include: Leonard Lopp, Ralph Earl DeCamp, Joe Abbrescia, Marshall Noice, Tom Sander, Ace Powell, N.A. Forsyth, J. L. Clarke, Winold Reiss, T.J. Hileman, Sheryl Bodily, Herman Schnitzmeyer, Robert A.M. Stevens, and Thomas English.

Bighorns, Glacier National Park, by Joe Abbrescia
Bighorns, Glacier National Park by Joe Abbrescia 
Oil on Canvas 20 X 16 inches

The exhibit reopened on October 27, 2005 after being closed since June 2005 for the Winold Reiss: Artist for the Great Northern exhibit. The newly installed Crown of the Continent – The Glacier National Park Gallery features works by significant authors, photographers, and painters as well as collectibles of Glacier National Park, including vintage maps and hand-tinted photographs. The new installation exhibits works from the Museum’s Permanent Collection as well as some long-term loans. Artists include Winold Reiss, Ralph Earl DeCamp, Joe Scheurle, Fred Kiser, T.J. Hileman, Roland Reed, John Clarke, Thomas English, Joe Abbrescia, along with James Willard Schultz, George Bird Grinnell, Mary Roberts Rinehart and many others. The focus of the Glacier National Park Gallery is to capture the nostalgia and grandeur of Glacier that today still attracts so many artists seeking to portray its greatness.

Crown of the Continent: Glacier National Park Permanent Exhibition

The Hockaday Museum is proud to host a permanent exhibition room focused solely on the art and culture of Glacier National Park. 

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Native Americans
A Selection of Portraits by
Elizabeth Davey Lochrie (1890 - 1981)

Exhibited in Memory of Carolyn S. Hammer
On loan from Mary Beth and Elizabeth Hammer

Elizabeth Davey was born in Deer Lodge, July 1, 1890. Her life was spent in early Montana settlements with "braid" Indian neighbors. She was educated in Butte and received her art education at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, returning to Montana and marrying afterwards. During 1924-1925 she painted eighteen children's murals for the Montana State Hospital. 
After 1931 she specialized in Native American portraits, particularly of Blackfeet tribal members, having produced more than a thousand water colors, oils, murals and sculptures. Admission to her lectures was frequently a donation of clothing and other necessities for needy families. 
She was adopted by the Blackfeet and given the name Netchitaki which translates as Woman Alone In Her Way. The Blackfeet said, She came to us from over the Western mountains, this white woman. She was friendly and understanding. We brought her into the medicine teepee and made her our sister. 
She later recalled her days at the Great Northern Summer Art School, studying with Winold Reiss: 
I got acquainted with the Indians. I found them so paintable that I've done them ever since. I've done hundreds, maybe thousands. Every summer after (1931) I either took the children or left them home with the maid, and I went to Glacier or the Flathead, or somewhere to paint Crow, Nez Perce, Blackfeet, Assiniboine. I spent all summer chasing Indians. 
From 1937 to 1939, Lochrie painted some historic murals in the post offices at Burley and Saint Anthony, Idaho and in Dillon and Galen, Montana. From 1936 to 1939, she was staff artist for the Great Northern Railroad in Glacier National Park. She and her family lived in Deer Lodge, Helena, Spokane, Washington, and Butte. 

Chief Body, by Elizabeth Lochrie
Chief Body by Elizabeth Davy Lochrie 1936
Oil on Canvas 25 x 20 inches

They lived at 1102 West Granite Street in Helena for forty years - it was her home, gallery and studio. She received letters addressed only "E. Lochrie, Montana." People from all over the world came to see her paintings. Once a Blackfeet family reportedly pitched a tepee in the back yard. When asked, "How did you ever manage to rear a family and find time to paint also?" she said: I never stopped painting for a minute. Even when my hands were busy and I couldn't sketch, I was seeing compositions in my mind, studying colors. It's all part of the painting process.

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Sharpshooters Closing On The Herd
by Howard Terpning

Sharpshooters Closing in on the Herd, by Howard Terpening
Oil on Canvas 66" x 52"

On loan from a private collection.
Come visit the Hockaday's Elevator Gallery and see this full-sized masterpiece by Howard Terpning, a member of the Cowboy Artists of America.

Mr. Terpning had a successful career as a commercial artist, contributing to some of the best-designed movies in history,  like Dr. Zhivago, Guns of Navarone, Sound of Music, Cleopatra, and A Man For All Seasons  before moving to Arizona and turning his hand to painting Western Art in the mid - 1970's.

This painting was inspired by a scene that I witnessed in 1967 when I was in Vietnam acting as a combat artist for the Marine Corps. We were on a patrol crossing through some sand dunes when we were caught in an ambush. Two Marines were crouched on the crest of a dune searching for the enemy positions as I took photos. A painting for the Marine Corps was the result of that experience. 
I always wanted to capture a similar sense of the hunt form that scene and apply it to a painting showing two Blackfoot men crawling up on a rock outcropping on the Northern Plains. It is rewarding to finally bring that vision to fruition. The hunters are downwind of the buffalo herd and are judging the distance from their prey in hopes that they can get off a shot with their sharps 50 caliber buffalo rifle before they are spotted by the herd. 
This is not a specific location. I have seen countless similar rock outcroppings over the years in my travels across Montana, but it was necessary to design this rock formation so that it would work with overall composition. I hope that the mood that was created captures the sense of anticipation of the hunt.

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