Three years ago, a new Western art happening rose up in Oklahoma City, offering an unparalleled opportunity to explore diverse Western fine art in one location. The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum presents Cowboy Crossings, showcasing the Cowboy Artists of America (CAA) 48th Annual Sale & Exhibition alongside the Traditional Cowboy Arts Association (TCAA) 15th Annual Exhibition & Sale.
The CAA show has returned to its roots. Held at what was the National Cowboy Hall of Fame from 1966 through 1972, the CAA Sale & Exhibition is home after 37 years at the Phoenix Art Museum. Today, the organization represents some of the most regarded Western artists, including 21 Active and four Emeritus members exhibiting 122 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 2013, 15 members are offering 47 works of functional art for purchase and exhibition.
Both exhibitions and sales continue through January 5, 2014. These exhibitions are expected to be highly popular during major equestrian events held throughout the autumn in the Horse Show Capital of the World. Holiday visitors also can take advantage of the special opportunity to see the artwork.
Visitors can expect to see several CAA Award winning pieces including the Anne Marion Best of Show winner, Paul Moore’s bronze sculpture “Offering to the Sun.” It also was selected for the Ray Swanson Memorial Award and is the Gold Medal winner for sculpture. The oil on canvas “Managing Men, Land and Cattle” by Wayne Baize of Texas was selected by the TCAA members for the TCAA Award for the Best Portrayal of a Cowboy Subject.
Some works from both the Cowboy Artists of America and the Traditional Cowboy Arts Association remain available for purchase. Check the online catalog for art available for purchase. Updates will be made throughout the exhibitions. For purchasing information, call The Museum Store at (405) 478-2250, Ext. 228, or visit the 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.
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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