Bucking broncos and dazzling deserts, Native Americans decorated in paint and feathers, and chapped cowboys wheeling their smoking guns. All can be found in “The Great American West: Featured Works from the Booth Western Art Museum” as well as “Artistic Reality: Booth Photography Guild” exhibits, which opens Jan. 14 at Marietta Cobb Museum of Art at 6 p.m. GO!

“The Great American West: Featured Works from the Booth Western Art Museum” is a thrilling exhibit on loan from the collection of the Booth Western Art Museum, in downtown Cartersville just across the Cobb County line. The exhibit showcases more than 175 years of Western history and culture.

Artistic Reality captures the world through the lenses of eighteen Booth Photography Guild members. “The fine art displayed, will challenge your idea of photography in this modern era of technological and photographic innovation,” said Kennesaw resident Kelsey Moran, curator of MCMA.

“The Great American West” is a unique opportunity for the community to experience. “The Booth Western Art Museum is an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution and houses the largest permanent exhibition space for Western art in the country. The MCMA is honored to feature a part of their permanent collection for Marietta to view,” Moran added.

“Artistic Reality” is, likewise, a special chance to see one-of-a-kind photography.

“Artistic Reality brings a unique opportunity for the community to view photography in a modern way, with a new perspective of what photography can include,” she said.

The exhibit is meaningful to America.

“Western American art is such a huge part of American history, documenting the travels and explorations that took place in our country,” Moran said. “This exhibition is an exciting survey of the Western American landscape and sculpture through the fine art of painting and sculpture.”

The Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art is at 30 Atlanta St. SE, Marietta, 30060. The opening reception is Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m. The reception is open to the public and free for members. The exhibits will be on display through March 25.

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Sally Litchfield is a longtime Marietta resident. She has written for the MDJ since October 2000. Send Sally news at sallylit@bellsouth.net. Call Sally at 770-425-8106.

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