Fifty years ago, four prominent Arizona artists who shared a fervent desire to authentically preserve and perpetuate the culture of Western life in fine art formed the Cowboy Artists of America (CAA). Since that time, CAA’s distinguished artists have become recognized as the leaders in the field of Western representational art.
To celebrate CAA’s golden anniversary and the contributions of its 77 artists, Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West is presenting “A Salute to Cowboy Artists of America and a Patron, the Late Eddie Basha: 50 Years of Amazing Contributions to the American West.”
The exhibition opens to the public at 9:30 a.m., Saturday, November 7 and will remain on view through Tuesday, May 31, 2016. Admission to the CAA exhibition is included with museum admission and is free to museum members.
In addition to showcasing one painting or sculpture by each of the 77 artists who have ever been a member of CAA, the exhibition will pay tribute to the late Eddie Basha.
The well-known grocer and community leader was a passionate art collector who took as much joy in getting to know the artists as in acquiring their artworks. His legacy includes the largest privately owned collection of contemporary Western American and American Indian art in the country.
The 50th anniversary exhibition will include numerous pieces on loan from the Eddie Basha Collection, as well as loaned works from CAA artists and private and public collections.
An exhibition preview and reception for museum members and special guests of the museum will take place Friday evening, November 6. Those wishing to become museum members so that they may attend the November 6 event are encouraged to join by Tuesday, October 20. (Click here for membership information or call the museum at 480-686-9539.) We hope to see you then!
Photo: Curtis W. Callaway