Show preview | Night of Artists

San Antonio, TX
Briscoe Western Art Museum, March 29-April 26

Billy Schenck, Burning Daylight, oil, 30 x 36.

Billy Schenck, Burning Daylight, oil, 30 x 36.

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The Night of Artists Art Sale and Exhibition at the Briscoe Western Art Museum is a festive event along the San Antonio River Walk that brings together more than 250 paintings and sculptures by 70 of the country’s top western artists. Subject matter ranges from rugged frontier cowboys and historic missions to landscapes and Native American peoples.

“We’ve invited artists from throughout the United States, and a few international ones as well, to bring up to five pieces to the show,” explains Night of Artists committee chair Jessica Erin Elliott. “This is the Briscoe Western Art Museum’s largest annual fundraiser. Last year we raised more than $1 million for the museum and the artists. The first Night of Artists took place in 2002 and was presented by the National Western Art Foundation to raise funds to build the museum, which is named in honor of the late Texas governor Dolph Briscoe Jr. and his wife, Janey Slaughter Briscoe.”

The exhibition opens on March 29 and runs through April 26. The public is invited to the ticketed sale and reception on Saturday, March 28, which is attended by most of the participating artists. Among those with work in the show are Billy Schenck, Doug Hyde, Jerry Jordan, Sandy Scott, and T.D. Kelsey.

Southern New Mexico painter Kim Wiggins is excited about bringing four paintings to this year’s event, including SANDIA AUTUMN, which depicts a cowboy and a Native American side by side on horseback with the Sandia Mountains looming behind them. “My work speaks to the merging of cultures in the Southwest,” says Wiggins, who grew up in a ranching family.

Noe Perez, Blooming Cactus Pasture, oil, 30 x 40.

Noe Perez, Blooming Cactus Pasture, oil, 30 x 40.

Noe Perez’s joy is painting the south Texas landscape where he lives. Among his five works in the show is BLOOMING CACTUS PASTURE. “I’m particularly passionate about cactus, which ties down the feel of south Texas,” he says.

Guests attending the sale and reception receive a bid book and purchase their favorite pieces through a lottery drawing held early in the evening. “It’s an exciting and hectic time when names are drawn from among the bids for a particular piece,” says Elliott. “Any works that don’t receive bids right away can be purchased throughout the evening, online on the museum’s website, or at any time during the show.” The reception includes cocktails and hors d’oeuvres; a gourmet buffet dinner that can be enjoyed indoors, on the courtyard, or by the river; and live entertainment by a classic country band, which sets up under a pergola in the courtyard. —Emily Van Cleve

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