Gateway to the West

Published 5:44 pm Tuesday, July 24, 2018

For those interested in observing stunning art that depicts America’s frontier period, the Arthur Allen Museum on Cumberland Avenue is just the spot.

The mission of The Boone Society is to preserve frontier history and educate people about that period of the nation’s history.

The Boone Society Inc. recently brought a painting from artist David Wright to be on display at the Arthur Museum. Wright’s paintings depict vivid, realistic views of Native American and frontier life — and that includes art of Daniel Boone and the Boone Trace.

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Wright was professionally trained as an artist in Europe. His passion is painting American frontier settlers, hunters, soldiers and Native Americans.

Wright’s work has appeared everywhere from on the covers of and in various book and magazines as well as television documentaries. He is also a historian, which has enabled him to appear on TV in that role as well as allowed him to pen articles.

Wright’s ties to Cumberland Gap became stronger in 2002 when he was commissioned by the national park to do a painting called “Gateway to the West – Daniel Boone Leading the Settlers Through the Cumberland Gap National Historic Park, 1775.”

The work is a wall-sized mural and is currently on display at the visitors’ center at the Cumberland Gap National Park.

Wright’s work is also known to be part of private collections.

Currently, the Arthur Museum is hosting numerous prints from Wright that include a smaller version of “Gateway to the West” and also “The Captives” and “At the French Post.”

If you want to view these pieces for yourself, simply visit the Arthur Museum.