The CAA and TCAA return to show paintings, sculpture and cowboy gear at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum.
Oklahoma City, OK
Two of Western art’s most prestigious arts groups, the Cowboy Artists of America and the Traditional Cowboy Arts Association, teamed up once again October 6 for the annual Cowboy Crossings at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City.
The event, which generated more than $875,000 in sales on opening weekend, marked the 53rd annual show for the CAA and the 20th anniversary show for the TCAA, which marked the milestone with a new coffee table book featuring work from every member.
Opening weekend events included several receptions and preview events, lunch with the artists, an awards banquet and lively art demonstrations that featured three artists from each group. Two noteworthy demos were by Oreland Joe, who hammered and chiseled into a block of stone to show how his sculptures come to life, and Phil Epp, who brought a printing press to show guests how he creates an etching. Epp even brought a completed metal plate cut with a cowboy image that he let guests ink over and run through the press, creating special paper keepsakes in front of a live audience.
CAA award winners (TCAA does not present awards) included Martin Grelle who won the gold medal in the drawing category, Wayne Baize in mixed media, Grant Redden in oil and acrylic painting, Teal Blake for watercolor, and Paul Moore, who won the sculpture gold medal as well as the Best of Show Award for his work The Rawhide Sun Visor. Moore also won the Ray Swanson Memorial Award for a double-sided piece called Navajo Country. The Stetson Award for the best overall presentation of work was given to Redden, while the buyer’s choice award went to an oil painting by Grelle. “It’s amazing to see how popular those works of art rooted in the Western lifestyle remain today,” says museum president and CEO Natalie Shirley. “Every year, artists from both the CAA and TCAA expand the definition of what Western art is and can be. To see the audience react with such enthusiasm reaffirms the notion that the values of the West are alive and well today!”
Cowboy Crossings featured the announcement of a new CAA member, wildlife and cowboy painter Chad Poppleton, and the auctioning of a TCAA saddle that was worked on by every single current member of the group. The saddle sold for $55,000 to a live audience.
A saddle made by every member of the TCAA. It sold during a live auction for$55,000.
Paul Moore,The Rawhide Sun Visor, bronze, 22 x 13½ x 21”. Winner of the Anne Marion Best of Show Award and Gold Medal for Sculpture.
1. Brian and Melissa Lebel. 2. CAA members Dustin Payne, left, and new member Chad Poppleton. 3. TCAA silversmith Beau Compton and family. 4. Tom and Joyce Browning5. Grant Redden with his award-winning piece. 6. Mike and Sheila Ingram with painter C. Michael Dudash. 7. Bo Joe, left, Lorelei Cloud and Oreland Joe. 8. TCAA silversmith Wilson Capron and family. 9. Bill Nebeker, left, Harold Holden, Paul Moore and Stephen Jones. 10. CAA youth art contest winner Dusti Rose Bistline. 11. Bruce Greene does a live painting demo. 12. CAA scultpor Dustin Payne and family. 2 3 1 4 5 6 9 8 7 12 11 10 12