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diningThe National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum is just the place you would expect to find today’s finest in visual and functional art born of cowboy roots. In October, Cowboy Crossings returns to showcase the 48th Annual Cowboy Artists of America (CAA) Sale & Exhibition and the 15th Annual Traditional Cowboy Arts Association (TCAA) Exhibition & Sale.

The curtain rises on the third annual Cowboy Crossings October 11-12. The event provides Western art fans and collectors from around the world opportunity to see and acquire top quality work. The CAA represents some of the most regarded Cowboy artists, including 21 Active and six Emeritus members anticipated to exhibit more than 100 works of art.

“This Cowboy Crossings event is built on traditions that are at the very core of Western American art and craftsmanship,” said Bruce R. Greene, 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. In 2013, 15 members are expected to offer 47 works of functional art for purchase and exhibition.

“The TCAA creates a unique opportunity for guests to view, firsthand, works of the finest quality of functional and traditional art that are representative of the cowboy and our Western culture,” said Ernie Marsh, TCAA president.

The Museum hosts 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 on October 13, but most other activities have at least limited tickets available at the door.

The general public is encouraged to attend the Cowboy Crossings Autograph Party from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Saturday, Oct.12. Museum goers can purchase a commemorative event poster and collector’s catalogs from The Museum Store and meet the artists.

“We especially appreciate of all the sponsors who make Cowboy Crossings possible, including Presenting Sponsor Burnett Ranches, Anne and John Marion, and Supporting Sponsors Mike and Sheila Ingram, Alan and Nadine Levin, OKC Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Dobson Family Foundation,” said Museum President Chuck Schroeder.

Reservations can be made online at www.nationalcowboymuseum.org or by contacting the Museum at (405) 478-2250, Ext. 219. The exhibitions may be viewed via online catalogs. Proxy bidding service is available for patrons wishing to purchase art but unable to attend. Contact The Museum Store onsite or online to purchase the 2013 commemorative poster and collector’s catalogs.





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