No trip to Oklahoma City during the summer is complete without a stop at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum to experience the Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibition and Sale.
Beginning June 10, the exhibition features more than 300 works by 108 living artists. Works range from historical pieces that reflect the early days of the West, to more contemporary and impressionist works of art. Landscapes, wildlife and illustrative scenes always are included.
The opening of the exhibition is itself a happening in the art world. Art collectors and enthusiasts travel to the Museum to experience seminars, receptions, art demonstrations, an awards banquet and the fast-paced, exciting sale. Opening events take place June 10-12. Reservations are required for most opening weekend activities and may be made by calling (405) 478-2250. Proxy bidding is available for any interested buyer unable to attend the sale.
Friday and Saturday jewelry designer Bill Derrevere will be on hand for a trunk show at The Museum Store. On Saturday, Museum goers can enjoy art demonstrations by Prix de West painters William Whitaker and Howard Post and sculptor John Coleman beginning at 12:30 p.m. The Museum does have an early closing time of 4:00 p.m. on June 10 and 11, but opens an hour early at 9 a.m., Sunday, June 12.
Visitors can enjoy a Sunday morning pick-me-up at the Museum's Prix de West Perk. Stroll through the galleries and view the Prix de West art in a relaxed atmosphere and see works still available for purchase. There will be complimentary coffee, bagels and admission until 10:30 a.m.
The Museum publishes a commemorative Prix de West catalog with orders being accepted now. In addition, an online catalog is available.
It is important to note the exhibition will have a shorter run than normal in 2011, with its final day being August 7. Prix de West is just one of the many signature events the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum hosts each year. For information about Prix de West or to make reservations or order a catalog of art, call (405) 478-2250 or visit www.nationalcowboymuseum.org.
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