National Museum of Wildlife Art

Jackson Hole, Wyoming




Museum Presents Visual History of the Art of Fly Fishing


Ogden Pleissner, Hendrickson's Pool


On Thursday, July 31, 1997, the National Museum of Wildlife Art will be opening an exhibit titled "The Art of the Cast."

The subject matter will range from fly fishing for trout and Atlantic Salmon to the relatively new sport of salt water fly fishing, Works will include original paintings, watercolors, drawings and sculptures from the 19th and 20th centuries.

Featured artists include Winslow Homer, Ogden Pleissner, A. F. Tait, Joe Swaluk, Milton Weller, Frank DeVita, Bob Abbett, A. L. Ripley, Adriano Mannochia, Chet Reneson, John Atherton and S. A. Kilbourne. The artist Ogden Pleissner is the most well known to aficionados of fishing art. He was an artist of enormous range, talent and energy. His art is firmly rooted in the nineteenth century classical tradition of Eakins and Homer.

Along with the exhibit opening will be a slide lecture and reception with Art Carter, author of over 40 regional and national magazine articles. Currently he is Executive Editor of Sporting Classics. Mr. Carter will share his insights into fly fishing art and outdoor photography. The slide show will feature many photographs Carter has taken on assignment including Alaska, the Bahamas, Mexico, Canada, Ireland, Honduras and others. In the Cook Auditorium. 6:00p.m. Cost is $5. Free to members.

This exhibit has been organized in conjunction with the World Fly Fishing Championships to be held in Jackson Hole in September of 1947. In its seventeenth year, this "Olympics" of fly fishing has yet to be held in the United States.

The seven day event will bring together over twenty angling teams from around the world to compete for national pride and honor. The famed Snake River area of Jackson Hole, Wyoming and eastern Idaho have been selected as the sites of the 1997 competition.

The exhibit is on display until January 12, 1998.

Winslow Homer

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