The maquette of a statue to honor “Wyoming's western artist”, E.W. “Bill” Gollings, was unveiled this week at the Sheridan County Museum.
The museum and the artist, MaryLee Moreland, hope to sell 17 of the miniatures in order to raise the money for the 8.5-foot tall Gollings statue to be placed in front of the museum.
Moreland was born and went to high school in Sheridan while growing up on a ranch in Kirby, Montana. Now owner of the Meadowlark Gallery and Frame shop in Billings with her husband Gary Temple, the two have written several books about Wyoming artists, and are working on their third about Gollings. Besides her extensive literary memorial, she believes the man deserves the statute.
Moreland said she has started preliminary work on the larger piece, but is focused on marketing and selling these maquettes to finance the project.
Temple explains further the motivation behind bringing more of Gollings to Sheridan's museum.
The miniature statues that will be used to raise the money are on sale for $4,000 and can be viewed at the museum. The statue is based on a May 2, 1926 photo of Gollings on Pass Creek. Gollings died in 1932.