Cowboy Crossings rode into Oklahoma City in mid-October, right where you would expect to find today’s finest in visual and functional art born of cowboy roots. The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum presents Cowboy Crossings as two great exhibitions and one exceptional event. The Cowboy Artists of America (CAA) 47th Annual Sale & Exhibition has returned to the Museum where it was established in 1966. That’s not all! Sharing top billing is the Museum’s longstanding Traditional Cowboy Arts Association (TCAA) 14th Annual Exhibition & Sale.
The CAA show returned to its roots in 2011. Held at what was the National Cowboy Hall of Fame from 1966 through 1972, the CAA Sale & Exhibition is home after 36 years at the Phoenix Art Museum. Today, the organization represents some of the most regarded Western artists, including 20 Active and four Emeritus members exhibiting more than 100 works of art.
The TCAA is dedicated to preserving and promoting saddlemaking, bit and spur making, silversmithing and rawhide braiding, traditional crafts evolved from the cowboy culture of the American West. TCAA members are master craftsmen who have elevated their work to an artistic level, and in 2012, 15 members offer more than 40 works of functional art for purchase and exhibition.
The CAA Sale and Exhibition continue through November 25, while the TCAA fine art will be on display and available for purchase through January 6, 2013. Both exhibitions are expected to be highly popular during major equestrian events held throughout the autumn in the Horse Show Capital of the World.
Visitors can expect to see several CAA Award winning pieces including the Anne Marion Best of Show winner, R.S. Riddick’s gouache Leaves that Listen. The Ray Swanson Memorial Award is Bruce R. Greene’s painting In the Brazos de Dios. Paintings by Bill Owen, the Stetson CAA Award for best overall exhibition, are also displayed.
Nationally accredited, the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum is located in Oklahoma City’s Adventure District at the junction of I-44 and I-35. For more information about the Museum or for a calendar of events, visit www.nationalcowboymuseum.org or call (405) 478-2250.
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