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The Cowboy Presents New Art Pairing

There is a new Western art show and sale riding into Oklahoma City, and it is offering an unparalleled opportunity to explore Western fine art in one location. The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum presents Cowboy Crossings marking the return of the Cowboy Artists of America (CAA) 46th Annual Sale & Exhibition to where it began in 1966. That’s not all! Sharing top billing at the venue is the Museum’s longstanding Traditional Cowboy Arts Association (TCAA) 13th Annual Exhibition & Sale.

The CAA show is returning 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 22 Active and four Emeritus members anticipated to exhibit 135 works of art.

“The Cowboy Artists of America are tremendously excited about the association with the National Cowboy Museum. We hope our followers will join us in the kickoff celebration,” said Tim Cox, president of the Cowboy Artists of America.

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 2011, 16 members are expected to offer 45 works of functional art for purchase and exhibition.

“The TCAA is anxious to share the stage already set at the Museum,” said Scott Hardy, TCAA president. “Our members believe these exhibitions and sale may well make history this year and in the years to come.”

The Museum is hosting a full complement of activities as part of Cowboy Crossings. All inclusive reservations packages are available for purchase, as well as ala carte event pricing. Reservations are required for the Banquet and Dance on October 15, but most other activities have at least limited tickets available at the door.

The general public is encouraged to attend the first Cowboy Crossings Autograph Party from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., Saturday, October 15. Purchase the commemorative event poster and collector’s catalogs from The Museum Store and meet the artists as you get them signed. Educational sessions about bridle bits and the evolution of sculpture are offered on a space available basis at 1:00 p.m.

Ticketed events include Friday’s Grand Opening Preview and Reception and Saturday’s Cowboy Crossings Luncheon, the Sale, and the Banquet and Dance on Saturday. The Banquet and Dance feature the CAA awards ceremony, a TCAA presentation and the Western swing music of the A-Bar Bunkhouse Band.

A special feature for the inaugural Cowboy Crossings is the submission of a painting by Tom Ryan, one of America’s best-known Western artists. Ryan is an Emeritus member of the CAA and in 1996 was presented the National Cowboy Museum’s Prix de West Lifetime Achievement Award. His 350-foot bas relief panel The Remuda graces the west façade of the Museum, and he has won numerous CAA awards. In 2011, Ryan and his family make available Flat Top Country, a framed pastel drawing offered at minimum bid.

The CAA exhibition and sale continue through November 27, while the TCAA fine art will be on display and available for purchase through January 8, 2012. Both exhibitions are expected to be highly popular during major equestrian events held throughout the autumn in the Horse Show Capital of the World.

The Museum Store presents Trunk Shows featuring jewelry designer Rocki Gorman and apparel designer Rhonda Stark from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., October 14-15. The Museum Store is Oklahoma City’s exclusive source for Rocki Gorman Native American made creations. Her designs, crafted by Navajo silversmiths, continue a longstanding tradition of quality, handmade, American-made jewelry with sterling silver and assorted gemstones. Rhonda Stark Designs specializes in wearable, attractive women's wear. With Western textures and styles, they have proven popular with clients of The Museum Store.

“We constantly strive to serve as America’s premier institution preserving and interpreting the history of the American West,” said Museum President Chuck Schroeder. “We believe that bringing the Cowboy Artists of America home to the National Cowboy Museum is one of the most exciting and historic events to take place in the art world in a very long time.

“We especially appreciate of all the sponsors who are making Cowboy Crossings possible, including Presenting Sponsor Burnett Ranches, Anne and John Marion and Major Sponsor Mr. and Mrs. Robert C. Norris and the Lester J. Norris Foundation. The Museum is truly in a leadership position in the world of Western art thanks to them along with our Museum Partners—Devon Energy Corporation, Chesapeake Energy Corporation and the E.L. Thelma Gaylord Foundation—and a host of other supporters.”

Reservations can be made online at www.nationalcowboymuseum.org or by contacting the Museum at (405) 478-2250. The exhibitions may be viewed via online catalogs. Proxy bidding service is available for patrons wishing to purchase art but unable to attend. Visit or contact The Museum Store online for the 2011 commemorative poster and collector’s catalogs.





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