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The cowboys, the Native Americans, the settlers, the mountain men and others who tamed the West...share their adventure through the rotating exhibits on display at the Museum of Western Art where the legend of the American West lives on. The Museum of Western Art is dedicated to the appreciation, presentation and promotion of Western American heritage as expressed through art and artifacts. It is a showcase for Western art and artists, past and present, and provides art and history education for all ages, focusing on the American West.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: 15 November 2017
Contact: Stephanie Turnham
Phone: 830.895.2553

MUSEUM OF WESTERN ART GEARS UP FOR CHRISTMAS ACTIVITIES

The Museum of Western Art is holding several events during December that celebrate both the holiday and creative spirits.

On Saturday, December 2, the Museum will host a holiday cookie exchange with a workshop on how to make Christmas gift boxes and baskets. The event is open to the public; please call the museum if you would like to attend. Also, please bring your favorite homemade cookies to exchange with someone else. The event will be held from 2-4 p.m.

On Thursday, December 7th, the Museum hosts its annual Christmas Open House with choirs from area schools with punch and cookies for all. The free event is open to the public and will be held from 4 – 6:30 p.m. Executive Director Stephanie Turnham said, “This is one of our favorite events of the year. It is so fun to see and hear our wonderful youth choirs and family members celebrate the season at the Museum.”

On Thursday, December 14, the Museum’s Artist of the Month will actually be two artists – John and Edith Maskey. The Maskeys have been painting together since 1977. The two paint from opposite ends in their studio in Comfort. “We enjoy painting together and have been able to make a living doing what we love. Each of us has a message to convey and we say it with watercolors. Each painting gives us the opportunity to share a feeling, an impression of life,” the couple stated.

As the Maskeys progressed through various painting media, both preferred the freedom, the challenge and the versatility of watercolor. They are inspired by the culture and color of the Southwest and Old Mexico. Their uncanny knack for brightening their paintings as though the sun itself had entered them gives them a special luminosity. “We try to capture memorable scenes of people and places that preserve the unique character and traditions of the Southwest.”

The couple has won numerous awards in many prestigious exhibits and their paintings are prized by a large following of collectors. They are represented by leading galleries in the Southwest. The exhibition will be up from December 1st through December 30th, 2017. The reception will begin at 5:30. It is free for members and open to the public with a suggested donation of $10.

Finally, the Museum has a special exhibition, “Tiny Treasures: A Holiday Miniature Show and Sale.” All of the pieces in the exhibit do not exceed $500 and are 14 inches by 14 inches or smaller. “This allows someone to buy a unique work of art at a price that will fit their budget,” Turnham said. The exhibition is up through December 30, 2017.

The award-winning Museum of Western Art is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Guided tours are available. For more information, please call 896.2553.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: 1 November 2017
Contact: Stephanie Turnham
Phone: 830.895.2553

CLIFF CAVIN IS ARTIST OF THE MONTH AT MUSEUM OF WESTERN ART

The Museum of Western Art will host artist Cliff Cavin for the month of November. A wine and cheese reception will be held with Cavin as guest speaker on Thursday, November 16th, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public with a suggested donation of $10. Museum members attend at no charge.

Cavin, a native of San Antonio, is a landscape artist who has been painting for over 35 years. His focus is on the views of the American West, especially Texas and New Mexico. He has participated in shows such as the C.M. Russell Invitational Sale and Benefit, the American Plains Artist Museum Show, and the Oil Painters of America National Exhibition. He has also had exhibitions at the Southwest School of Art and at the San Antonio Art League. This is the 12th year that Cavin has been invited to participate in the annual Briscoe Western Art Museum Night of Artists Sale and Exhibition. His paintings have won numerous awards and are collected both nationally and internationally in private and corporate collections, including Valero Oil, M.D. Anderson Hospital, Jefferson State Bank, Baylor Scott & White Health, and Cibolo Creek Ranch.

The award-winning Museum of Western Art is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Guided tours are available. For more information, please call 896.2553.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: 21 October 2017
Contact: Stephanie Turnham
Phone: 830.895.2553

Museum Announces Gifts of the Season: A Holiday Miniature Show & Sale

Gifts of the Season: A Holiday Miniature Show & Sale opens November 4 and continues through December 30, 2017. All artwork on view will be available for purchase during this time, and the maximum price per piece will not exceed $500.00

“We have 20 different artists who will be submitting works for this show and sale,” said Executive Director Stephanie Turnham. “The artwork will also not be larger than 14 inches. We think this sale should have great appeal for those searching for a unique, affordable Christmas gift for those who have everything.”

For more information or questions, please contact the Museum at 830.896.2553.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: 3 October 2017
Contact: Stephanie Turnham
Phone: 830.377.6443

MUSEUM OF WESTERN ART HONORS FOUNDING DIRECTOR GRIFF C. CARNES

The Board of Directors of The Museum of Western Art is pleased to dedicate its outstanding library to the founding director of the Museum, Griff C. Carnes. Griff has donated to the Museum his personal papers related to the founding of the Museum, then the Cowboy Artists of America Museum. The dedication will take place on Thursday, October 26, 2017, at 5:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public, although any monetary donations can be made that will go toward conservation supplies to care for the collection.

Griff Carnes, a Brady native and graduate of Southern Methodist University, worked in the banking field for 35 years. A Korean War veteran in the Air Force, he began his work with the Museum in about 1980. “I had always had a love for Western art and history,” he said. “In a meeting with Bill Burford at Texas Art Gallery in Dallas, he told me about a new cowboy art museum starting up in Kerrville, and I was hooked. John Duncan, the first Chairman of the Board, hired me.”

Griff is an honorary member of the Cowboy Artists of America and a founding board member of the Former Texas Rangers Foundation. He retired from the Museum in 1989 and still resides in Kerrville.

Griff kept all correspondence and records related to the Museum’s beginnings. These include hand-written thank-you letters from artists such as Martin Grelle, Bill Nebeker, Gary Niblett, Howard Terpning, and many other notables of Western art. Griff has donated all of these materials to the Permanent Collection of the Museum.

Stephanie Turnham, Executive Director of the Museum, said, “We are so honored to have this important collection, which will eventually be available for research. And while our wine and cheese dedication is free and open to the public, we welcome any monetary contributions which will go into a restricted fund to provide for acid-free tissue, folders and boxes to adequately care for the collection.”

For more information about the event, please contact the Museum at 830.896.2553.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: 22 August 2017
Contact: Stephanie Turnham
Contact: 830.896.2553

MUSEUM OF WESTERN ART RECEIVES GRANT FROM COMMUNITY FOUNDATION

The Museum of Western Art has received a grant from The Community Foundation of the Texas Hill Country. The grant will go toward children’s educational programs.

Each year, the Museum hosts numerous educational programs for area youth. These include Second Saturday Craft Days, Western Art Camp in the summer, and field trips throughout the school year.

Stephanie Turnham, executive director for the Museum, added, “We appreciate the support of The Community Foundation to help the museum better serve our area schoolchildren.”

For more information about The Museum of Western Art, please visit the museum’s website at www.museumofwesternart.com, or call 896.2553.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: 22 June 2017
Contact: Stephanie Turnham
Contact: 830.896.2553

MUSEUM OF WESTERN ART ISSUED CHALLENGE GRANT

The award-winning Museum of Western Art has been issued a Challenge Grant from an anonymous donor. From July 1 until October 31, 2017, the donor will match any monies contributed up to $50,000.

“We want all of our supporters to be aware of this terrific opportunity for the Museum,” said Executive Director Stephanie Turnham. “The Museum provides our community with so much more than fine art and educational programs. It is a resource for curriculum enhancement for our area schools, helps keep our taxes low through the out-of-town visitors from around the world who stay in our hotels and RV parks, and contributes to the unique quality of life in the Texas Hill Country.”

The Museum of Western Art is a non-profit organization that receives no government support. As such it relies on grants, memberships and earned income to operate and to continue serving as the region’s premier cultural attraction. “The Museum is dedicated to the collection, preservation and interpretation of our nation’s rich Western heritage through art and artifacts, which has helped shape who we are as a nation.”

All contributions are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law.

For more information about the museum, please call 896.2553, or visit the museum’s website at www.mowatx.com.


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