A new Western art show and sale rode into Oklahoma City in mid-October, 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 exhibiting 129 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 2011, 16 members are offering 45 works of functional art for purchase and exhibition.
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.
Visitors can expect to see several CAA Award winning pieces including the Anne Marion Best of Show winner, John Coleman’s sculpture “1876, Gall—Sitting Bull—Crazy Horse.” The Ray Swanson Memorial Award is Loren Entz’s painting “The Gift from Grandpa’s Heart,” and he earned the Stetson Cowboy Award for best overall exhibition.
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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