The Garis Gallery is located at the Chisholm Trail Heritage Center whose mission is "To celebrate and perpetuate the history, art and culture of the Chisholm Trail, the American Cowboy and the American West." As soon as you step onto the Chisholm Trail walkway, you realize you are walking into history of the old west through the eyes of artists and visionaries. The oval bronze and rock monument gives you a quick story of the Chisholm Trail, 1867-1875, and the artistic path leads you to the “On the Chisholm Trail” life size bronze, by Oklahoma artist Paul Moore. The Garis Gallery of the American West houses some of the finest western art created in the world – George Catlin, Frederic Remington, Charlie Russell and Allan Houser pieces have a permanent home. You’ll also find more contemporary art, like that of Ramona Swift, a Canadian artist, who is also with the Artists for Conservation and continues to pursue her passion for art. The Garis Gallery is also home to two early works by John Coleman, who has been a member of the Cowboy Artists of America since 2001. A leading western artist and award-winning bronze sculptor, he lives and works in Arizona. Pictured above, right, is a resin, Song for the Spirit. Once inside the facility, you can get a closer look at the “On the Chisholm Trail” tabletop bronze replica on display to the left entrance of the Garis Gallery of the American West. Pick up one of the self-guided audio tours if you want to learn more about each of the pieces. When the gallery first opened, Ken Davenport, owner of Arkansas Art Gallery in Little Rock, Arkansas, said it was the most concise snapshot of western art as seen from an Oklahoma perspective that exists anywhere. “This should be the first stop of a student of western art in the exploration of the Chisholm Trail, Western and Native American Art. From Duncan, you can go on to Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Fort Worth, Denver and Santa Fe,” Ken Davenport said.