-The directors of the Frederic Remington Art Museum have given approval to a Provo-based company to produce a silver edition of Remington's sculpture "The Bronco Buster." Already, Liberty Mint has made two of the projected five museum proofs. One was auctioned Jan. 21 at the 17th Annual Convention of the Safari Club International in Reno, Nev. It was purchased by Minneapolis businessman Lee R. Anderson for $105,000. Liberty Mint is planning to give the other one to President Bush.
Soon to be cast are the three remaining proofs; they will go to the Remington Museum and the edition's sponsors - Liberty Mint of Provo and Silversmith's Group, USA, of Deerfield Beach, Fla.Mike Agrelius, director of public relations for Liberty Mint (373-2002), said that after the museum proofs are made, the company is planning an edition of 100. He said each sculpture will contain 1,000 troy ounces (about 70 pounds) of .999 fine silver and stand 2 feet tall.
The Remington Art Museum has also authorized Liberty Mint and the Silversmith's Group to cast the same sculpture in pure gold. It will be the largest gold art object ever produced in the U.S. and is expected to sell for more than $2 million.
Agrelius said that Liberty Mint was formed four years ago, with Howard Ruff as its major owner. Until now, the company has focused on casting commemorative coins and other collectibles. This is the first time the company has attempted to cast a large gallery piece.
All of the casting for the company is done by a foundry in Portland, Ore., that specializes in precious metal work.
-The Utah Museum of Natural History and the University of Utah Young Alumni Association are co-sponsoring a Science and Creativity Day on Feb. 11 from 1-4 p.m. This day is for children 3 1/2-8 years of age. The kids will view rock art sculptures by Joe Pachak, create their own rock art murals, go on a rock art scavenger hunt, dig in a mini Topaz mine, and much more. Fee is $3.50, plus $5 additional donation to help support museum education programs. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For registration form and information, call the museum, 581-6927.
-"Mountain Wildflowers," a pastel by Colleen Parker of Bountiful, won Second Award in Landscape this month at the International Miniature Art Show in Clearwater, Fla. The exhibit included 795 miniature artworks by artists in 44 states and 11 foreign countries. Other Utah artists participating in the exhibit were Merril Hamilton of West Valley and Lois F. Brown of Salt Lake City.
-Six awards of merit in the form of $50 U.S. savings bonds were presented to winners of the Davis County High School Art Exhibit on Jan. 15. Winners include Jared Sanders of Davis High (two awards), Joel Morrison of Clearfield High, Tiffany Twitchell of Viewmont High, Andy Browning of Woods Cross High and John Gibbs of Bountiful High.
Browning and Twitchell also won art scholarships from Southern Utah State College. Sanders and three runners-up from Woods Cross High - Sharlene Siddoway, Paul Tew and Bonnie Wellisch - won gift certificates for art supplies from Carr Stationery.