The 2nd Annual Cowboy True Art Exhibit and Auction presented by the Bryant Edwards Foundation is about to stampede back into town. Last March, the Kemp at the Forum held its first round-up of cowboy artists who shared the essence of the cowboy life through various media and trappings of the Old West that are still in use today. To honor this heritage, Cowboy True will be hosted again by the Kemp at the Forum on April 5and 6, 2013. Because of the tremendous response from those who attended last year, we are expanding our exhibit area to the Bridwell Ag Center to accommodate more artists. From the buzz that was generated by this event, we anticipate a greater attendance.
Last year, this exhibit attracted patrons from all of North Texas and Southern Oklahoma who appreciate this genre, but it also educated and won over those who had not been exposed to this type of art. Spurs, buckles, saddles, boots, and trappings are all a part of the cowboy life, but each cowboy has his own saddle and boots made just to fit his style; from this daily work true cowboy art was born.
The cowboy artists will gather for a reception on Friday, April 5th at 6:00 pm and you are invited to come and meet them and to see the exhibit. On this evening, the admission will be free and will include hor d' oeuvres, music, a western movie, a silent auction, and a ranch raffle. There will also be a cash bar available. Strolling fiddles will be provided by Marty and Randy Elmore with Valerie Ryals all from Joshua, Texas. This trio has won many contests and awards including being selected to play with many of the top names in country music. Valerie has the high distinction of being selected to the Fiddlers Hall of Fame.
The silent auction will give you a chance to bid on everything from a patio table from Woodco to propane from Haigood & Campbell and even jewelry from Debbie Maloney to father son lap quilts with a western motif. It will be everything you need to have a proper home on the range. The ranch raffle, on Friday, will be a dinner on the JC Ranch in Archer County. They claim to have the best sunset while you enjoy the ranch way of life for an evening.
On Saturday, April 6th, the exhibit will be open from 10:00 to 5:00 and admission will be free. The artists, with their exquisite artwork, will be anxious to visit with you so that you may find that one piece that will bring the west into your life. Be sure and enter the raffle for a chance to win a weekend at the Apache Casino Hotel. The weekend includes hotel accommodations, two free meals, coupons for the casino floor, and clothes. The movie presentation will take you back to the time of cowboy heroes. During the day there will be a variety of musicians to enhance your enjoyment of the art.
Saturday evening really kicks in with great artists,true cowboy music, a delicious dinner, and a live auction. To join the fun the admission will $50 per person or a table of 8 for $300.
A cash bar will be available for the cocktail hour which will begin 5:30 with an opportunity to again visit with the artists and to make that special purchase of perhaps spurs, a bit, or the perfect painting for your home on the range. Prairie Moon will open the evening singing those special harmonies that are so unique to cowboy music. They wowed the crowd last year and are back by request.
The dinner, will of course,betypical range fare with steak and potatoes provided by that true connoisseur of beef, Texas Best Meats. Then, the evening really gets lively with auctioneer Carla Harrison of Soper, Oklahoma. She has been an auctioneer since 1992 and works with her husband John, who is an award winning rodeo clown. You will want to join in all of the excitement and be a top bidder for the artwork that will bring Cowboy True to you. To finish up the evening and to help you celebrate getting all of your treasured cowboy art, the Lone Star Troubadours will provide the music so that you can dance the night away.