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Original Lewis & Clark paintings on display for limited time

Posted on 6/18/2012

Lewis at Packer Meadow
Packer Meadow by Michael Haynes
Washburn, N.D. - Original paintings by world-renowned artist Michael Haynes will be on display at the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center in Washburn until the end of July. The exhibit features works commissioned by the Lewis & Clark Fort Mandan Foundation, including six new watercolors created for Clay Jenkinson's latest book, "The Character of Meriwether Lewis."

Haynes is well known for his depictions of scenes and people from western American history, including the journey of Lewis & Clark and the Corps of Discovery. Before starting a new piece, he spends a month or more researching environments, clothing, equipment, etc., to make sure every detail is historically accurate. He blends his research with technique to create breathtaking pieces that capture the people, places and events of the American West.

"Thanks to the research skills and talent of artist Michael Haynes, we now have a way to see the members of the expedition during many of the significant moments and places along their journey," said Foundation President David Borlaug.

The six original Michael Haynes paintings were funded by a gift from Marvin and Luella Snyder, two Underwood, N.D., natives now living in California. The new paintings are part of the Foundation's permanent collection and will be on display periodically at the Interpretive Center. When not on display in Washburn, the exhibit will be made available to other museums and galleries in North Dakota and across the country.

Along with the Michael Haynes Exhibit, visitors to the Interpretive Center will also experience brand new, state-of-the-art interactive exhibits that tell Lewis & Clark's story with new depth. Fort Mandan and the Headwaters Visitor Center are also open.

The Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $7.50 for adults, $5 for students and free for members of the Lewis & Clark Fort Mandan Foundation.


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