The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City is just the place you would expect to find today’s finest in visual and functional art born of cowboy roots. Through January 4, 2015, the Museum showcases the 49th Annual Cowboy Artists of America (CAA) Sale & Exhibition and the 16th Annual Traditional Cowboy Arts Association (TCAA) Exhibition & Sale.
These exhibitions opened under the banner of Cowboy Crossings, October 10-11. The annual event provides Western art fans and collectors from around the world an unparalleled opportunity to see and acquire top quality work from distinct genres. Opening weekend attendance set a record for the fourth edition of Cowboy Crossings.
The CAA represents some of the most regarded Cowboy artists, including 19 Active and five Emeritus members exhibiting 99 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. In 2014, 14 TCAA members are offering 48 works of functional art for purchase and exhibition.
Opening weekend sales were robust with $1.4 million in total sales. At press time all but two works of art from the Traditional Cowboy Arts Association had sold. Art that remains available for purchase, as well as all works in both exhibitions, can be viewed at cc.nationalcowboymuseum.org.
The CAA and TCAA exhibitions should be especially of interest to Western lifestyle enthusiasts visiting Oklahoma City for various equestrian competitions throughout the fall and winter. The Museum welcomes guests visiting the “horse show capital of the world.”
A group of local and national sponsors make Cowboy Crossings possible, including Presenting Sponsors Chaparral Energy and Burnett Ranches/Anne and John Marion. Major Sponsors include Mr. and Mrs. Robert C. Norris and the Dellora A. and Lester J. Norris Foundation. Supporting Sponsors are the Dobson Family Foundation, Sheila and Mike Ingram, Cowboys & Indians, Alan and Nadine Levin and the OKC Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Contact The Museum Store to purchase art, the commemorative 2014 poster and collector’s catalogs at store.nationalcowboymuseum.org or (405) 478-2250. The Museum is located in Oklahoma City’s Adventure District at the crossroads of I-44 and I-35. It is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with the exception of Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.
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