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Artists with Western Pa. ties a hit at Los Angeles art show

| Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014, 6:16 p.m.
Robert Griffing, 'The Introduction,' oil, 40 inches by 60 in inches ($110,000)
Robert Griffing, 'The Introduction,' oil, 40 inches by 60 in inches ($110,000)

Artists with ties to Pennsylvania have experienced success at the country's premier Western art show.

The Masters of the American West Fine Art Exhibition and Sale at the Autry National Center of the American West in Los Angeles features 79 nationally recognized artists whose works were commissioned specifically for show and sale.

John Fawcett of Abbottstown, Adams County, won the Autry National Center Award for Watercolor for his piece “The Horse Chasers.” Fawcett sold “The Horse Chasers” for $9,500 and another piece, “Night Watch” for $3,000.

Robert Griffing of Gibsonia sold his “The Introduction” for $110,000. The 40-inch-by-60-inch piece is based on a letter written by Miss Anne Powell during her visit to Fort Niagara in May 1785, which details her experience meeting “a chief of distinction.”

Griffing set the introduction in a dinner scene with dramatic lighting, the chief standing and taking the hand of the seated woman as others look on.

Griffing also sold his “Defined by His Ancestors” for $6,000. John Buxton of Allison Park sold his piece “Libation Time” for $4,500. Dean Mitchell, who was born in Pittsburgh, sold “Rainbow” for $3,500.

The show is on view through March 16.

Rachel Weaver is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at

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