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Historian returns to library with new story of art in the American West

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Bud Werner Memorial Library and Tread of Pioneers Museum present “Who Was the Sculptor in Buckskin?” with historian Dave Lively at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 28 in Library Hall. Lively shares the story of Alexander Phimister Proctor, who was deeply revered as both America’s premier animal sculptor and an unfailingly warm and enthusiastic human being. 

If you go

What: Who Was the Sculptor in Buckskin? with historian Dave Lively
When: 6:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 28
Where: Library Hall at Bud Werner Memorial Library

Proctor dedicated his life to creating monumental statues throughout the United States, including the “Bronco Buster” and “On the War Trail” in Denver, which embody the untamed frontier spirit. Lively introduces a man who was so much more than a sculptor and artist. He was a devoted husband, loving father and grandfather, incurable wanderer and confidant of many prominent figures in his day.

After spending much of his youth hunting and sketching in the Colorado mountain wilderness in the 1870s, Proctor’s talents took him throughout the U.S. and on to Paris and Rome, a life remarkably overflowing with places, personalities and experiences. Proctor was a genuine Westerner whose love of the American wilderness — its social and natural history — never left him. Although he dubbed himself the “sculptor in buckskin,” Proctor’s academic training made him as comfortable in international artistic circles as he was hunting grizzlies in the Rocky Mountains.

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