Tuesday, January 13, 2015

My Big Choo Choo and Tommy's Big Caboose Land In Major Museum

January 13, 2015
    Last night I attended the ribbon cutting ceremony at the Western Spirit: Scottsdale's Museum of The West and while perusing my artwork in one of the exhibits (they are featuring a bunch of True West Moments including "Low Pants Vance" which Thomas Charles Bell modeled for, and clearly shows his big Bell behind)

Low Pants Tommy

   And here's the application in the museum:

Just one section of the True West Moments Interactive displays at the new Western Spirit Museum

   When I went looking for a restroom I stumbled across a ten-foot-tall wall blow-up of my choo choo train, which is also a scratchboard used for a True West Moment.

BBB in front of a ten-foot-tall blowup of his choo choo scratchboard

   As the family story goes, when I was about three I would ask my father to draw a train and then I would go copy it. As my dad told the story, I soon outstripped his meager drawing skills and started complaining about his weak perspective skills and correcting his drawings. True or not, it makes this museum blow up all the more meaningful and wonderful.

    Quite an honor, to say the least. The museum opens to the public on Thursday.

"I respect faith, but doubt is what gives you an education."
—Wilson Mizner, one of Wyatt Earp's honorary pall bearers