National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
Oklahoma City, OK, October 11-January 5
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Collectors of western art and fine cowboy paraphernalia won’t want to miss Cowboy Crossings, two shows that open at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum this month. The Cowboy Artists of America and the Traditional Cowboy Arts Association combine their efforts to offer viewers about 150 artworks, from oil paintings to expertly crafted functional pieces such as leather saddles. “Many people look to the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum as a leader in offering the very best in western-based artistic expression in a variety of media. We take that responsibility seriously,” says museum president Chuck Schroeder. “Cowboy Crossings is perhaps the most unique combination of exquisite works in painting and sculpture, as well as leather, rawhide, silver, and steel, anywhere in the world. We are very proud to play host to these fine artists and to show off their best current work.”
The 48th annual CAA exhibition features more than 100 works by 21 artist members. The presentation spotlights the land and the people of the West, both in the 21st century and in bygone eras. This year’s show kicks off with a preview from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, October 11. Festivities continue on Saturday, October 12, with an autograph party at 10 a.m. and a luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Later that day, a cocktail reception and intent-to-purchase sale unfolds at 5 p.m., and the evening is capped off with a banquet celebrating the 2013 award-winning painters and sculptors.
The show spotlights a variety of subject matter. Among many other pieces, viewers can expect to see a sensitive portrait of a young Native American woman; a bronze sculpture depicting a Native American hunter chasing two buffalo; and a cowboy on horseback riding through a field of wildflowers. Among this year’s participating artists are Tim Cox, R.S. Riddick, John Coleman, Bill Nebeker, and Bruce Greene.
The 15th annual TCAA show and sale also opens on October 11. On display are about 50 works of functional art by 15 artisans who demonstrate their skills at saddle making, bit and spur making, silversmithing, and rawhide braiding. —Bonnie Gangelhoff
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