Acclaimed Western artist Joe Netherwood has been invited by the prestigious Pearce Collections Museum to conduct its spring Artist-in-Residence program at the Cook Education Center at Navarro College, 3100 West Collin Ave., Corsicana.

The two-day painting workshop will take place from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 4-5, 2008.

The program is designed for all skill levels and includes a morning demonstration with Netherwood and an afternoon hands-on workshop.

The fee is $60 for one day and $108 for both days. Space is limited to 30 participants per class and early registration is encouraged.

“Joe Netherwood truly captures the spirit of the West and brilliantly brings it alive on canvas,” said Amanda Morrison, western art curator for the Pearce Collections Museum. “Artists will learn how to skillfully combine impressionistic and realistic elements in order to tell a story. Color and detail will also be addressed.”

About Joe Netherwood

Growing up in Richmond, Va., in the 1950s, Joe Netherwood’s parents taught him all about truth, justice and the American way.

Roy, Hoppy and Gene’s adventures on TV and the Saturday afternoon westerns he attended with his father were his first powerful impressions of the great West, where the good guys always won. These bigger-than-life images set the stage and influenced his early art.

Netherwood was stationed in Texas during his enlistment in the Air Force. After leaving the service, he worked as a designer and an illustrator in Philadelphia where he studied with several faculty members of the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts.

He also spent five years working as a professional stand-up comedian, performing throughout the Mid-Atlantic and the Midwest States.

After a visit to the Brandywine River Museum and seeing N.C. Wyeth’s classic western illustrations, his “head exploded.”

This trip was the catalyst that started him on his career as a fine artist and influenced him to portray his love of the West that lay dormant in him since childhood.

In 1997, he and his wife Stephanie relocated to Arizona where he is able to experience the West firsthand by visiting and working on ranches, cattle drives and roundups.

Through this, he authentically portrays the working cowboy and cowgirl of today; in addition, his ongoing historical research enables him to bring alive the vivid scenes from the Old West.

The Pearce Western Art Collection Museum is home to his original oil painting, “Locked and Loaded.”

In addition, his work has been acquired for permanent collections or on display for special exhibits at the Phippen Western Art Museum in Prescott, Ariz.; the Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa, Okla.; the Briscoe Western Art Museum in San Antonio; and the Black American West Museum and Heritage Center in Denver, Colo.

Netherwood’s original paintings were juried into the Gilcrease Museum’s “American Art in Miniature 2007” show and Scottsdale Artists’ School’s “Best and Brightest 2007” show, where he recently won second place for his painting, “Man With a Past.”

He is represented by LBar Western Art Gallery in Kerrville, Texas, and has been featured in numerous publications, including Southwest Art, Cowboys & Indians, Western Horseman, Phoenix Magazine, Wild West and True West.

He has also appeared on television and his original piece, “Western Finale” appears in the Golden Globe Award-winning movie “Sideways.”

About the Pearce Collections Museum

Pearce Collections Museum has received many accolades for chronicling two epic events of the 1800s which forged the country’s national identity: the American Civil War and the westward expansion that followed.

As a Civil War Museum, research and educational facility, the museum is dedicated to preserving and interpreting as fully as possible the history of the war and the people involved – Northern and Southern, men and women, children and adults, its leaders, soldiers and common citizens.

As a Western Art Museum, the museum strives to preserve and interpret contemporary Western Art, depicting the historic and the modern West.

And, as the institutional memory of Navarro College, the Navarro College Archives’ mission is to preserve records and papers of enduring value that document the development of Navarro College from its inception in 1946 to the present.

Early registration encouraged

Space is limited to 30 participants per class. To register, contact Amanda Morrison at 903-875-7437 or e-mail amanda.morrison@navarrocollege.edu.

For more information about Joe Netherwood, visit www.JoeNetherwood.com or call 602-404-2118.