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Premier Western Artists Gear Up for Cowboy Crossings

July 23, 2014



OKLAHOMA CITY, July 23 -- The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum issued the following news release:

The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum is once again proud to host Cowboy Crossings, a major fine art exhibition and sale, Oct. 10-11, 2014. The Museum will present the Cowboy Artists of America (CAA) 49th Annual Sale & Exhibition alongside the Traditional Cowboy Arts Association (TCAA) Exhibition and Sale, now in its 16thyear. The combination offers collectors of Western fine art an unparalleled opportunity in one location.

The CAA works to authentically preserve and perpetuate the culture of Western and cowboy life through fine art. The organization represents some of the most highly regarded Cowboy artists today, including 21 active members, exhibiting more than 100 works to include paintings, drawings and sculptures.

The TCAA is dedicated to preserving and promoting saddle making, bit and spurmaking, silver smithing and rawhide braiding, all traditional crafts evolving from the cowboy culture of the American West. TCAA members are master craftsmen who have elevated their work to an artistic level. This year 14 artists will offer approximately45 works of functional art for purchase and exhibition.

The Museum is hosting a full slate of activities surrounding the opening of the two exhibitions. Buyers are encouraged to come in early on Thursday, Oct. 9. As bid book holders they have exclusive opportunities to participate in special activities around Oklahoma City including golf, shooting range and a special dinner at the Petroleum Club of Oklahoma City.

On Friday, Oct. 10, bid book holders have the opportunity to join the artists on a tour of Oklahoma City to include the Oklahoma City National Memorial, the Centennial Land Run Sculpture by CAA member Paul Moore and lunch on your own in Bricktown. That evening, guests can enjoy cocktails and heavy hors d'oeuvres during a private look at the works by the Cowboy Artists of America and the Traditional Cowboy Arts Association.

On Saturday, Oct. 11 attendees can look forward to an autograph party with the artists beginning at 10 a.m. with free admission into the Museum until noon. A luncheon and panel discussion will be held at 11:30 a.m. in the Sam Noble Special Events Center. The same evening beginning at 5 p.m. patrons have the opportunity to submit ballot slips for works they wish to purchase. New this year, after the sale, a celebration concert and buffet dinner on the Museum's plaza will cap the evening's activities. CAA awards will take place during that time, in a more casual, energetic atmosphere.

Cowboy Crossings exhibition and remaining works for sale will continue through Jan. 4, 2015. Reservations can be made online at www.nationalcowboymuseum.org or by contacting the Museum at (405) 478-2250, Ext. 219. An online catalog will be available for viewing mid-September and commemorative printed catalogs will be available for purchase.

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