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41st Anniversary Prix de West Opening Weekend Features Top Artists, Speakers and Demonstrations

May 12, 2014

OKLAHOMA CITY, May 12 -- The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum issued the following news release

The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum announces the 41st Anniversary Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibition and Sale featuring more than 100 artists, including four guest artists, Logan Maxwell Hagege, T.D. Kelsey, T. Allen Lawson and Susan Lyon. The exhibition and sale will include in excess of 300 Western paintings and sculptures by the finest contemporary Western artists in the nation. Art seminars, receptions and an awards banquet round out the exhibition's opening events June 13-14, 2014. Reservations are required for most opening weekend activities.

The exhibiting artists bring a diversity of styles to this prestigious art exhibition. Works range from historical pieces reflecting the early days of the West, to more contemporary and impressionist works of art. Landscapes, wildlife and illustrative scenes are always highlighted in the exhibition. The annual event kicks off with two days of art-related seminars and art demonstrations, a sale of all the art pieces on Saturday and concludes with the Prix de West 41st Anniversary Gala and Awards with Special Live Auction.

On Friday, June 13, presentations include the McCasland Chair of Cowboy Culture at the National Cowboy Museum Don Reeves, who will discuss "Western Skies: Our Unique Wild Weather." Dr. W. Jackson Rushing, III from the University of Oklahoma will give a presentation on Allan Houser. A talk titled "Donald Teague, His Life in Color" presented by Teague's daughter Linda Biro, will follow lunch. Susan Hallsten McGarry will conclude with "Contemporary Interpretations of the National Parks." During the lunch break (noon-1 p.m.), authors and artists will participate in a book signing. The preview and reception begins at 6 p.m. in the Prix de West Galleries.

The seminars Saturday, June 14, feature a Western artist panel discussion with Prix de West artists Bill Anton, Tim Shinabarger and Matt Smith, moderated by Edna Mae Holden. Steve Kestrel, Prix de West Artist, will give a talk following the panel. At noon the much anticipated Prix de West Purchase Award winner will be announced and after lunch Scott Christensen and Paul Moore will give art demonstrations simultaneously.

Saturday evening events include the traditional fixed-price drawing for sale of art. Any patron with a registered ballot book may participate in the purchase of art. In addition, a live auction of art will be offered during the awards banquet.

Package or a la carte pricing is available for opening weekend, which includes substantial discounts for Museum members. Guests are encouraged to become Museum members now or when making Prix de West reservations. In addition to Prix de West savings, members enjoy regular communication from the Museum to keep abreast of all events throughout the year. Additionally, the Museum publishes a commemorative Prix de West catalog and offers a collectors bolo, this year created by Prix de West Artist Doug Hyde.

Sponsors include Eskridge Lexus of Oklahoma City, Republic National Distributing Company, Oklahoma City Convention and Visitors Bureau, Grapevine Gallery, Panera Bread, and Art of the West. Additional support is provided by Museum Partners: Devon Energy Corporation, Chesapeake Energy Corporation and the E.L. and Thelma Gaylord Foundation. The Oklahoman also is a major contributor. Sponsorships are still available.

The exhibition runs through Aug. 3. It is just one of the many signature events the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum hosts each year. For information about Prix de West opening weekend, to make reservations, order a catalog of art or make arrangements for proxy bidding call (405) 478-2250, Ext. 233 or visit

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