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An independent oil producer, rancher, sculptor, and philanthropist of of Roswell, New Mexico (1918-1999), Aston developed a keen interest in the West during time spent on his family’s various ranches. When nearly forty, Aston began casting bronzes, using his collection as prop material for the creation of sculptures portraying poignant moments in the history of the American West. Noted western artist Tom Lovell, a mentor to Aston, commented, “Devotion to detail and fidelity to character are his hallmarks. One may be certain that if a weapon or costume is portrayed, it is correct.” In 1999, Rogers and Mary Ellen Aston bequeathed their collection to the Roswell Museum and Art Center, and in that year the Museum embarked on a $676,000 project that would provide an interpretive framework for these objects. On October 27, 2006 the Museum opened its installation of this expansive collection, West of Beyond. West of Beyond explores the West as a site of intercultural exchange, and reveals stories, both ordinary and extraordinary, spanning a vast terrain of time and space. Containing over 2,000 artifacts and works of art, the exhibit is arranged into five topical thematic clusters that stress cultural change and interaction over time: Family and Community, Spirit, Farming and Ranching, Trade and Exchange, and War and Conquest. Source - Askart.com

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