Best of Friends Building a Southwestern Art Collection
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Best of Friends Building a Southwestern Art Collection

January 23, 2021- April 3, 2021

Harrington Gallery

Friendships across the United States built the Panhandle-Plains Historical Society’s Southwestern art collection over its 100-year history (1921-2021) Beginning in 1933, when the Society’s museum opened, fine art objects entered the collection through the friendship of Clarendon, Texas, artist H. D. Bugbee and New Jersey collector Susan Janney Allen when their paths crossed in New Mexico. In 1942 James D. Hamlin of Farwell, Texas, gave his extensive art collection followed by Wichita Falls, Texas, rancher Johnie Powelson Griffin who gave her collection in 1962 largely because of her friendship with Bugbee. Subsequent “friendings” by patrons over the next decades culminated in the Georgia O’Keeffe Foundation’s gift of O’Keeffe’s Red Landscape in 1994. The Museum created the Friends of Southwestern Art in 1996 (25 years old in 2021) to maintain and cultivate old and new friendships. More recent friends include Dr. Charles K. and Phyllis Hendrick of Amarillo, Jay Matsler of Lubbock, Nancy and Bob Josserand of Hereford, Carol and David Farmer of Dallas, and Charlene and Bill Wallace of Amarillo, who have helped build one of the finest Southwestern art collections in the country.

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