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Woolaroc Museum & Wildlife Preserve Featured in National Art Publication
By Tourism Industry Partner
BARTLESVILLE, Okla. (March 3, 2012) – Woolaroc Museum & Wildlife Preserve, which was once the private retreat of Frank Phillips, has been featured in the March issue of Western Art Collector, a monthly art magazine written for collectors, galleries and painters of traditional fine art.
Nestled in the heart of the Osage Nation, the sprawling 3,700-acre slice of rustic paradise is home to a wide variety of wildlife and Indian and Western art museum. Although widely unknown, the collection of Western art accumulated through the years is rivaled by few. Today, efforts are being made to bring Woolaroc out of the shadows of the Osage Hills and into the spotlight where it belongs.
“As we made our way through the galleries, I became overwhelmed by the quality of the collection,” John Geraghty, trustee and special advisor to the Autry National Center’s Masters of the American West Fine Art Exhibition and Sale, said in his article in Western Art Collector, “Woolaroc: An Undiscovered American Treasure.”
Woolaroc was originally built and used by Frank Phillips as an entertainment destination for notable dignitaries, businessmen and political figures in the 1920’s and 1930’s. In 1944, it was officially developed into a wildlife preserve and Indian and Western art museum.
“God has been good to me and I am under great obligation to society,” Phillips said in 1937 when explaining his reasoning for preserving the ranch. “I feel that I can best repay this obligation by dedicating the museum to posterity, which I have already done. The boys and girls of today will be the fathers and mothers of tomorrow, and by so dedicating the museum, I have a feeling of satisfaction that is a pretty good payoff.”
In September, 2012, the Woolaroc Museum will debut a Lewis and Clark “Corps of Discovery” exhibition and sale to the world, which, according to Geraghty, will be a premier event, one of the most important in the art world for 2012.
Bob Fraser, CEO of Woolaroc said, “With the help of great volunteers and enthusiasts such as John Geraghty, Woolaroc will showcase an amazing exhibit featuring works of art by Charles Fritz, Michael Haynes and sculptor Richard V. Greeves.”
In addition to the Lewis & Clark exhibit that will be featured in 2012, Woolaroc is home to a museum full of priceless artifacts and artwork representing such world famous masters as Frederic Remington, Charles M. Russell, William R. Leigh, Frank Tenney Johnson, Thomas Moran, the Taos Founders and many more. The collection amassed by Mr. Phillips in the 30’s and 40’s, like the Museum, is a magical walk through a previous time in our history, perfectly captured in the Osage Hills of Oklahoma.