The entire collection of the Leanin’ Tree Museum of Western Art will be auctioned in Scottsdale, Ariz., on Jan. 19 and 20.
For many – maybe most – the Leanin’ Tree brand conjures images of greeting cards.
While serving during World War II, young Ed Trumble witnessed the power of a greeting card. He saw and felt how hearing his name at mail call could lift the spirits of a soldier far from home. After the war, Trumble met Bob Lorenz, also a young veteran, and they decided to make a life and career out of the heartfelt and humorous images and messages family and friends send one another. In 1949, the pair founded Leanin’ Tree in Boulder, Colo., where it still thrives as a family business.
Trumble pursued his interest in art as well, collecting American western art. His collection grew, and in 1974 he built a museum to house it. Now he is ready to help the more than 500 pieces of art find new homes with the next generation of families, collectors and museums.
The collection includes works by Gerard Curtis Delano, Frank McCarthy, G. Harvey, Kenneth Riley and Martin Grelle. Western life is represented by Cowboy Artists of America painters Charlie Dye, Joe Beeler and Melvin Warren. Sculptures by Allan Houser and George Carlson are offered as are masterworks by Bob Kuhn and John Clymer. Original paintings that became Leanin’ Tree greeting cards will also be for sale.
The event will be hosted by Scottsdale Art Auction in its state-of-the-art 10,000-square-foot gallery in downtown Scottsdale.
PHOTOS COURTESY SCOTTSDALE ART AUCTION
Leanin’ Tree Art Auction
Jan. 19 – 20, 2018
Scottsdale Art Auction, 7176 Main St., Scottsdale
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