Museum features artwork by plein air artist Joe Arnold

Through July 15th, the American Mountaineering Museum will exhibit five breathtaking mountaintop paintings by Wyoming artist Joe Arnold.

Spanning over 6 feet wide, these large-scale pastel and oil panoramas portray the grandeur of each scene, several of which were inspired by Wyoming’s Teton Range. Arnold’s “Upper Saddle View, the Grand Teton” (pictured below) and “Above Middle Teton Glacier” paintings, both measuring 4.5 feet by 6 feet, will frame the Museum’s mezzanine entrance.

As an avid rock and mountain climber, Arnold has used his passion for heights to capture some of the most unique and dramatic landscapes. His many high altitude paintings have earned him a reputation as the "plein air artist of thin air." Arnold uses pastel studies and photographs from his trips as a reference for the larger oils, which are completed in his studio.

The artwork will be on display six days a week during regular Museum hours. Admission is $5 for adults, $1 for children under 12 and $3 for all American Alpine Club and Colorado Mountain Club members.

The Bradford Washburn American Mountaineering Museum is located at 710 10th Street in downtown Golden.

If you would like to be considered for an upcoming art, photography or informational exhibit, send an email to info@mountaineeringmuseum.org.


2011 Hall of Mountaineering Excellence Gala

The 2011 Hall of Mountaineering Excellence Gala on April 9, 2011 was a sold out success! We raised over $15,000 for the Museum's programs, exhibits and educational outreach.

Visit our online album to see pictures from the event:
2011 Gala Photo Album

Five American mountaineers were inducted and more than $15,000 was raised at the the 2011 Hall of Mountaineering Excellence Gala on April 9, 2011. This annual event, hosted by the American Mountaineering Museum, honors individuals who have excelled both on and off the mountain.

This year's Gala celebrated the lives and achievements of Tom Hornbein & Willi Unsoeld of the legendary West Ridge ascent of Everest in 1963; rock climbing pioneer and prolific author, Royal Robbins; leader of "manless climbing," Miriam Underhill; and the unofficial world-record holder for first ascents, Fred Beckey. These five mountaineers joined the 2010 inductees -- Yvon Chouinard, Robert Craig, Robert Bates and Dr. Charles Houston -- in the Hall of Mountaineering Excellence.

Thank you to our title sponsor, Eddie Bauer's First Ascent, and the following organizations who lent their support: Silver Oak Cellars, MillerCoors, Gourmet Fine Catering, Colorado Party Rentals, Alphagraphics, The Golden Hotel, Applejack, the Josh Filley Trio, and Haertlingawards.com.

The 2012 Gala date will be announced late summer. To add your name to our Early Invite list, please send an email to info@mountaineeringmuseum.com with your name and mailing address.


Jesse Crock & Thirsty 3rd Thursday

We are thrilled to announce a new art exhibit at the American Mountaineering Museum, featuring artist Jesse Crock.

Jesse is a Colorado based artist with a love for climbing and the outdoors. His acrylic paintings encompass the lifestyles of the outdoor community with the use of strong, vibrant colors and bold lines. Jesse is an art teacher and finds that he often connects his work with the playfulness of his students and is inspired by the energy they bring to the classroom.

As an outdoor enthusiast, he loves to bring the viewer's eye to places that are not often painted. He attempts to abstract the subject and background so that they become interwoven together and reflect the bond the subject and environment share.

His work has been commissioned for the Ouray Ice Climbing Festival and for the Moonlight Classic Bike Festival in Denver. You can also find his art featured in Rock and Ice Magazine for the Festival, Mountain Flyer Magazine, and Climbing Magazine for their 2009 Gear Guide. (www.jessecrockart.com)

Check out Jesse's art at this month's Thirsty 3rd Thursday, February 17th at 5:30pm. Enjoy $2 brews, live music and giveaways, along with free admission to the museum. This Thirsty 3rd Thursday will also celebrate the 3rd Anniversary of the American Mountaineering Museum, which opened on February 16th, 2008.

We are thrilled to have Jesse's eye-catching work on display. Drop by and check it out for yourself. And if you fall in love with a piece (which you probably will), all pieces are for sale and a portion of the proceeds go to benefit the Museum.

Visit www.mountaineeringmuseum.org for up-to-date information on hours, events, and exhibits.