Estes Park Museum Exhibits Newly Acquired Lyman Byxbe Prints
Art enthusiasts are invited to view three recently acquired original etchings by Lyman Byxbe. Two prints were purchased by the Estes Park Museum Friends & Foundation, Inc. from the private Robert Crump Estate and gifted to the Museum’s permanent collection. The prints “Big Porcupine” (a portrait of an Arapaho man) and “Silvery Colorado” (a dramatic landscape) were selected to compliment the many Byxbe works already in the Museum’s possession. A third piece, “Blackbird” (a portrait of a Native American man), is also on display and was recently donated directly from the Robert Crump Estate. The Museum wishes to thank Wild Spirits Gallery for the beautiful matting. The prints are now on exhibit in the Museum Main Gallery for all to enjoy.
Lyman Byxbe (1886‐1980) was in his forties when he learned the etching process for which he became nationally known. Following a one‐man exhibition of over 60 pieces of his work at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC, Byxbe moved permanently from Omaha, Nebraska to Estes Park in 1938. For many years he operated a studio on Elkhorn Avenue, creating affordable works of art for residents and visitors. Byxbe’s scenes became iconic of the area and are now highly sought after.
Byxbe art lovers will also be happy to obtain a new and revised edition of Robert Crump’s definitive work, retitled, Lyman Byxbe…Omaha to Estes Park: An Artist Legacy & Catalog Raisonné. The book is currently available at the Museum Shop. The new edition, edited by local Byxbe expert David Tanton, contains a foreward by Tanton and a preface by Historian Laureate Jim Pickering. The book has a fresh format with newly discovered prints including two exceptionally rare color prints from Byxbe’s plates which appear on the front and back covers of the new edition. Many of the Byxbe etchings, including popular ones of the Estes Park area, are available for sale at the Museum Shop.
The Museum’s winter hours are Friday and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. and Sunday from 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m.
The mission of the Estes Park Museum is to collect, interpret and preserve local history, as well as to present exhibits, programs and events for the education and benefit of residents and visitors of all ages. For more information call the Estes Park Museum at 970‐586‐6256 or visit the Museum’s website at www.estes.org/museum. Admission is free.