Gear Up for Cowboy Crossings

OKLAHOMA CITY, (National Cowboy Museum) —The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum is once again
proud to host Cowboy Crossings, a major lineup of fine art exhibitions and sales, Oct. 12-13, 2012.
The Museum is presenting the Cowboy Artists of America (CAA) 47th Annual Sale & Exhibition
alongside the Traditional Cowboy Arts Association (TCAA) Exhibition and Sale, now in its 14th
year. The combination offers collectors of Western fine art an unparalleled opportunity in one
location.
“Many people look to the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum as a leader in offering the
very best in Western-based artistic expression in a variety of media. We take that responsibility
seriously,” said Chuck Schroeder, president of the Museum. “Cowboy Crossings is perhaps the most
unique combination of exquisite works in painting and sculpture, as well as leather, rawhide, silver
and steel anywhere in the world. We are very proud to play host to these fine artists and to show off
their best current work.”
The CAA works to authentically preserve and perpetuate the culture of Western life through fine art.
The group’s inaugural exhibition was held at what was at the time the National Cowboy Hall of
Fame in 1966. Since that time the CAA Sale & Exhibition moved to the Phoenix Art Museum until
2011 when the group returned to the Museum. Today, the organization represents some of the most
regarded Cowboy artists, including 20 active members, exhibiting more than 100 works of art during
the exhibition.
The TCAA is dedicated to preserving and promoting saddle making, bit and spur making, 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 15 artists will offer approximately 50 works of functional art for purchase and
exhibition.
The Museum is hosting a full slate of activities around the opening of the two exhibits. Art
enthusiasts can attend the preview party Oct. 12 and on Oct. 13 attendees can look forward to an
autograph party 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, followed by a marquee
fixed-price sale that evening.
A cocktail reception at 5 p.m. allows patrons the opportunity to submit ballot slips for works they
wish to purchase, and the energy of the event kicks into high gear when the air horn is blown
signaling the first draw of buyers’ names. The following hour is a lively period filled with excitement
as buyers make purchases. A celebratory banquet will cap the evening’s activities.
The CAA exhibition and sale will continue through Nov. 25, while the TCAA will be on display and
available for purchase through Jan. 6, 2013. Last year the show and sale played host to 42 artists and
more than 400 guests totaling art sales of more than $2.2 million with a portion going to fund
Museum programs and operations. Additionally, because of the success of the event in 2011, the
Museum was presented a Hometown Hero’s Award by the Oklahoma City Convention and Visitors
Bureau.
Reservations can still 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 early
September and commemorative printed catalogs will be available for purchase.