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2016-09-15

Bandera artists participate in ‘The Party’ at Kerrville’s Museum of Western Art

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Administrators with the Museum of Western Art in Kerrville announce that the annual art sale and exhibition, “The Party,” will take place Saturday, Sept. 17. Throughout the day, featured events will include a chuck wagon breakfast at 8:30 am, presentation by a prominent national park ranger at 9:30 am, art sale and silent auction at 5 pm and a Hill Country dinner at 7 pm, followed by dancing.
Bandera artists who will participate in the 33rd Annual Art Sale & Exhibition include Anita Smith and Edward Peters.
“The Party” serves as the major fundraiser for the award-winning Museum of Western Art, which has been designated as the number one tourist destination in Kerrville, according to TripAdvisor. Proceeds from the event go to support the museum’s educational programs and operating expenses, as well as funding preservation and conservation projects.
This year’s event begins with an authentic chuck wagon breakfast and a program by Michael Donahue, “Death on a Hillside: the Anatomy of an American Myth.” An award-winning artist, author and art professor, Donahue is also a park ranger at the Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument. In 2010, he led a two-day staff ride on the battlefield for North Dakota National Guard officers deploying to Afghanistan.
His keynote speech showed 47 similarities between the Sioux Campaign of 1876 and the Middle East wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. In 2013, National Public Radio chose him as one of the top historical interpreters in the country and broadcast a national interview with him.
After the presentation, guests will enjoy a preview of the art and refreshments.
The art sale and silent auction begins at 5 pm. The show includes over 40 artists and almost 120 works of fine art in oil, watercolor, bronze and more. A delicious Hill Country dinner will be served at 7 pm, with dancing afterward to The Almost Patsy Cline Band.
Bart Jones, museum board member and chairman of the event, said, “We are really looking forward to this fun day. We have been planning ‘The Party’ since last year, and want everyone to take advantage of this unique opportunity to purchase original fine art.
“Our museum is a great resource for the city and state. Since its inception in 1983, people from all over the world, who are drawn to the mystique of cowboy culture and the great American West, have visited the museum. My wife Karen and I look forward to seeing everyone here at ‘The Party’.”
The Museum of Western Art is located at 1550 Bandera Highway. For more information, call the museum at 830-896-2553, or visit www.museumofwesternart.com.