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July 2020

Drop-In Drawing

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On the second Sunday of the month, explore your creative side, practice different techniques and skills and be inspired by the artwork in the galleries and gardens. Borrow drawing materials from the Visitor Services desk in the Museum Lobby (while supplies last) or bring your own! Gather with art lovers to enjoy an afternoon of drawing and learning with other artists. Free to Museum members or with Museum admission.

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Read the West Book Club: Dreams of El Dorado: A History of the American West

H.W. Brands tells the thrilling, panoramic story of the American West's settling from John Jacob Astor's fur trading outpost in Oregon to the Texas Revolution, from the California gold rush to the Oklahoma land run. The West was where riches rewarded the miner's persistence, the cattleman's courage and the railroad man's enterprise; but El Dorado was at least as elusive in the West as it ever was in the East. Read the West Book Club meets in July, August and…

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Date with the Duke: She Wore a Yellow Ribbon

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The second in John Ford’s “Cavalry trilogy” boasts what might be the greatest use ever made by Ford of Monument Valley. Captain Brittles (John Wayne), rankling from the defeat at Little Bighorn, faces retirement at the same time as a new Indian war threatens. Matters come to a head when he leads a mission against a nearby Cheyenne encampment at the same time as he must escort his superior officer’s wife and daughter to the stagecoach. After both his missions…

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August 2020

Academy of Western Art – Becoming a Better Painter: Guidance from a Lifelong Painter

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August 4 - 7 9:00 am - 4:00 pm Artist Andrew Peters will explain his process in preparing his canvas and setting up his equipment to begin a painting. Each student will then begin painting a subject of their own choosing. Through daily presentations and demonstrations, Peters will describe how to truly see the subject and provide individual instruction to assist students with their painting through each stage to completion. Students will work on one or two paintings throughout the…

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Drop-In Drawing

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On the second Sunday of the month, explore your creative side, practice different techniques and skills and be inspired by the artwork in the galleries and gardens. Borrow drawing materials from the Visitor Services desk in the Museum Lobby (while supplies last) or bring your own! Gather with art lovers to enjoy an afternoon of drawing and learning with other artists. Free to Museum members or with Museum admission.

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Read the West Book Club: Cherokee America

Inspired by Margaret Verble’s family history and told from a Native American point of view, Cherokee America is a different kind of Western. In the Civil War's aftermath, complex alliances and simmering race and culture clashes unite and divide the people living on Cherokee lands. Tensions mount and violence escalates, and the long arm of white law encroaches further into Indian Territory. Determined to survive and thrive on her own terms, Cherokee America Singer must come together with family and friends…

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September 2020

Brown Bag Lunch Series: Girls of the Golden West

Drawing on the Museum’s vast photographic and art collections, Michael Grauer, McCasland Chair of Cowboy Culture/Curator of Cowboy Collections and Western Art will describe life for women in the American West. It will feature the depth and breadth of the Museum’s ability to show women of different cultures and lifeways. Bring your lunch or purchase one at The Museum Grill. Reservations are not required. Free admission to the Board Room and The Museum Grill.

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Academy of Western Art: Landscape Painting: Simplifying with a Purpose

September 7 - 10 Designed for those interested in honing their outdoor/field skills and gathering information essential to creating more developed works. Join Prix de West artist Skip Whitcomb in various visual and intellectual exercises to illustrate key elements of the picture making process. These fundamental “truths” are based in classical traditional training — the same principles the great painters have historically utilized. Demonstrations and teaching will be conducted in oils; however, watercolor, pastel and acrylics are welcome. Suitable for…

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Brown Bag Lunch Series: West: The American Cowboy

The American cowboy/cowgirl and rodeo communities, the horse and cattle ranches and the remarkable landscape of America's Wild West are celebrated by award-winning photographer Anouk Masson Krantz. Born and raised in France, Krantz read many Western books set in Montana, Wyoming and Texas, envisioning the Wild West full of adventure, danger and intrigue. After marrying a Kansas rancher, she determined she would see the West for herself and capture on camera what she experienced during her 20,000-mile trek. Krantz shares…

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Prix de West Sale Weekend

Invitational Art Exhibition & Sale Sale Weekend Events Friday, September 11, through Saturday, September 12, 2020 The Museum hosts its annual exhibition of more than 300 paintings and sculpture by the finest contemporary Western artists in the nation. The premier art exhibition features works ranging from historical pieces that reflect the early days of the West, to more contemporary and impressionistic works of art. Landscapes, wildlife art, and illustrative scenes are always highlighted in the exhibition. 2020 Prix de West…

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Prix de West Art Moments

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1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Enjoy a variety of 10-minute spotlight talks throughout the galleries to introduce different works by contemporary artists associated with the current Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibition & Sale, as well as works by Prix de West artists in the Museum’s permanent collection. Browse the galleries and hold casual conversations with Museum docents. Art Moments focusing on Prix de West artists are held September 11, 12 and 13. Free to Museum members and Prix de West…

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Brown Bag Lunch Series: Texas Women and Ranching, 1850-1870

Retracing women's history is often a problem due to challenges including name changes, allocating their property to their husbands, omission of occupations in census records, and clerical errors. While it is unequivocally true that men have always been the main characters in the livestock industry, many women participated in the livestock industry and supported their families as they accumulated vast wealth. Join Deborah Liles, Ph.D., Assistant Professor and W. K. Gordon Chair of Texas History at Tarleton State University as…

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Read the West Book Club: Follow the River

Based on a true story, James Alexander Thom tells the story of Mary Ingles. She was 23 years old, married and pregnant when Shawnee Indians invaded her peaceful Virginia settlement, killed the men and women and then took her captive. For months she lived with them, unbroken, until she escaped, and followed a thousand-mile trail to freedom — an extraordinary story of a pioneer woman who risked her life to return to her people. Read the West Book Club meets in…

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Brown Bag Lunch Series: Women’s Creative and Political Work in Santa Fe during the 1920s

During the early 1920s, journalist Elizabeth Shepley Sergeant participated as one of four founders of the Indian Arts Fund in Santa Fe, today’s Indian Arts Research Center’s collection at the School for Advanced Research. Sergeant’s network of reformers included Willa Cather, John Collier, Mary Austin, and Mabel Dodge Luhan. Join Patricia Loughlin, Ph.D., Professor of History in the Department of History and Geography at the University of Central Oklahoma, as she deepens our understanding of the network of writers, artists, and anthropologists…

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Pumpkin Basket Workshop

Led by Basketweavers Guild of Oklahoma, participants will create their own Pumpkin Basket. Basket dimensions measuring approximately 10 inches in diameter and 7 inches high. Perfect for holding Halloween candy! Suitable for beginners with at least one previous class to advanced, all supplies provided; lunch is on your own. $35, $30 for Museum members. Register by September 22. Register Here.

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Traditional Cowboy Arts Association Workshop – Quirts: The How and Why

September 29 - October 1, 2020 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. In conjunction with the Traditional Cowboy Arts Association (TCAA), this hands-on workshop will address the construction of quirts, their different styles and regional differences. Function, balance and decoration will also be addressed. Skill level required: Intermediate to advanced, participants should have some experience braiding bodies over cores and basic long and short buttons. Register Here.

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October 2020

Traditional Cowboy Arts Exhibition & Sale

Showcasing the best in Western bits, spurs, rawhide braiding, saddlery and silverwork. October 2, 2020 Traditional Cowboy Arts Exhibition & Sale Exclusive Preview 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. October 3, 2020 Traditional Cowboy Arts Exhibition & Sale Opening Weekend Sale & Celebration 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. View the 2019 Online Catalog For sponsorship opportunities, contact Trent Riley at triley@nationalcowboymuseum.org or (405) 478-2250 ext 251

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November 2020

Small Works, Great Wonders

Small Works, Great Wonders® features a fusion of traditional and contemporary paintings and sculpture at affordable prices. Enjoy cocktails with more than 100 of the nation’s finest artists, including many from the prestigious Prix de West. Cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and live music paired with beautiful works of art make for a truly special evening. For sponsorship information, please contact Trent Riley at (405) 478-2250 ext. 251 or triley@nationalcowboymuseum.org. 

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April 2021

Living History Performance: York: Explorer

York: Explorer is the story of the enslaved man who traveled west with the Lewis and Clark expedition in 1803. As a Corps of Discovery member, York found his spirit of freedom and was an important team member. That new spirit nearly got him killed when he returned to “civilization” at the expedition’s conclusion. York was never permitted to tell his story, but the expedition journals, William Clark’s letters and other accounts provide a sketch of the man and his…

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June 2021

Prix de West Workshop: Painting the Portrait and Costumed Figure

June 7 - 10, 2021   Prix de West artists Sherrie McGraw and David A. Leffel team up to teach how painting works in relationship to the human figure. Learn how to make beautiful brushwork that will bring portraits to life. Break through the confining aspect of “drawing with paint” to what it means to “sculpt” with paint. Learn from two experienced and engaging artists who have mastered both painting and teaching and revolutionize how you think about painting. Suitable…

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