Pete Douglas earns NWSS art award
Lewis W. "Pete" Douglas of Denver will receive the 2006 Mary Belle Grant Award from the Coors Western Art Exhibit and Sale. The annual award honors an individual who embodies the spirit of the western way of life and symbolizes the passion of the West through art.
This marks the first time the award has been given to a volunteer, rather than an artist. Through his dedication and devoted efforts towards the Coors Western Art Exhibit and Sale, Douglas has not only increased the show's sponsorship dollars, but also has augmented the exhibit's recognition within the art world, helping to make it one of the premier western art shows in the nation.
Pete Douglas was raised in a ranching community in Arizona. His father, Lewis Douglas, was one of the most important ranchers in the Southwest; he was the namesake for Douglas, AZ, and was inducted into the National Cowboy Hall of Fame in Oklahoma City.
After receiving a degree from Yale, Douglas entered the oil business in Texas. He eventually started his own energy company, which brought production from Louisiana and California to Canada. Along with his involvement in the energy industry, Douglas has served as a director of five schools and two hospitals, and is former governor of HealthONE, a six-hospital system.
Philanthropically, Douglas serves the Denver community as a patron of the arts giving significant financial support to a number of venues such as the Denver Art Museum, of which he is a devoted member and contributor.
The 14th annual Coors Western Art Exhibit and Sale runs Jan. 7 to 22, 2006. The Exhibit opens with the Red Carpet Reception on Jan. 3, from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Tickets are $150 and includes a strolling western dinner, live music and a signed poster by the featured artist.
The exhibit runs concurrent with the 100th anniversary of the National Western Stock Show. Located on the third floor of the National Western Expo Hall, the show presents more than 200 works from 53 artists known for the quality of their work and their portrayal of the West.
Featuring artwork in such mediums as oil, pastel, watercolor, pencil and conte drawing, photography and bronze; and styles, ranging from traditional to contemporary, the Coors Western Art Exhibit and Sale gives viewers a diverse offering of images showcasing the many dimensions of western life.
Proceeds from the Coors Western Art Exhibit and Sale benefit the National Western Scholarship Trust, which awards 61 scholarships to students studying agribusiness and rural family medicine at Colorado and Wyoming colleges. Last year's exhibit contributed more than $155,000 to the Scholarship Trust.
For more information, call the National Western Stock Show office at (303) 299-5561 or visit NationalWestern.com.