Hon­or­ing the Founder

The Moun­tain Oys­ter Club hon­ors its late founder at its 49th an­nual show in Tucson on Novem­ber 18.

Western Art Collector - - WESTERN ART NEWS -

The 49th an­nual Moun­tain Oys­ter Club Con­tem­po­rary Western Art Show and Sale re­turns to Tucson, Ari­zona, on Novem­ber 18, when more than 200 lo­cal and na­tion­ally known Western artists will ex­hibit work at the his­toric Pond Man­sion, home of the Moun­tain Oys­ter Club.

This year’s sale will honor the show’s founder, John K. Good­man, who died on April

16 at the age of 97. Not only was Good­man re­spon­si­ble for or­ga­niz­ing and pro­mot­ing the show, he also helped se­lect many of the artists, in­clud­ing oil and wa­ter­color painter John Fawcett, who got his start at a Moun­tain Oys­ter show.

This year’s ex­hi­bi­tion will take place Novem­ber 18, from 3 to 5:30 p.m. Tick­ets are $50 and must be pur­chased in ad­vance. Ad­mis­sion is lim­ited and the show of­ten sells out, so early ticket pur­chases are en­cour­aged.

Moun­tain oys­ters is an­other name for bull tes­ti­cles, a Western del­i­cacy de­pend­ing on who you talk to. The name, like the group it­self, has a rich and col­or­ful his­tory. “There are many col­or­ful sto­ries of how the Moun­tain Oys­ter Club came to be,” the group’s web­site says. “There is prob­a­bly a thread of truth in most of them. The most com­mon ver­sions say that it was be­gun by a group of cow­boys, play­boys, ranch­ers, polo play­ers, race­horse types, and oth­ers whose un­ac­cept­able be­hav­ior had got­ten them thrown out of all of the re­spectable es­tab­lish­ments in Tucson. Whether the real rea­son for its cre­ation was to give ranch­ers and their wives a place in town where they could feel at home in their boots and Levi’s and shoot out the lights with­out of­fend­ing the rest of the mem­ber­ship or some other less in­ter­est­ing pur­pose, we know it be­gan in 1948.”

Artists in this year’s sale in­clude Fawcett, Tim Cox, Wil­liam Suys, Fred­er­ick Ham­bly, Bar­bara Hill, Lawrence Lee and many oth­ers. More than 350 works will be avail­able for pur­chase. For more in­for­ma­tion and to buy tick­ets, visit www.moun­tain­oys­ter­club.com.

Wil­liam Suys, Late Light Longhorn, oil on panel, 8 x 16"

John Fawcett, Head­ing for Home, oil, 10 x 12"

Tim Cox, Can’t Help You Kid, oil, 18 x 24"

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