Cow­boy Cross­ings

The CAA and TCAA re­turn to show paint­ings, sculp­ture and cow­boy gear at the Na­tional Cow­boy & West­ern Her­itage Mu­seum.

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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

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