Stamford Art Foundation Celebrates Western Art

The Stamford Art Foundation celebrates its 42nd annual Art Show and Sale July 1st through the 4th, coinciding with the 85th Texas Cowboy Reunion. The Preview Party on Tuesday evening, June 30, at the John Selmon Memorial Gallery kicks off the art show’s visual celebration of western heritage with an art auction, dining, dancing, and the mesmerizing Quick Draw Event where artists create masterpieces before patrons’ eyes.

The art show features scenes of the American West and of West Texas, in particular.  Original oil, watercolor, and acrylic paintings; sculptures; mixed media pieces; and pastel and pencil drawings are for sale to the public during the extent of the show, benefitting the West Texas Rehabilitation Center.

The 42nd Art Show features works of 29 artists from all over Texas and beyond, including Barry Arthur of Abilene; Gary Bailey of Abilene; Wayne Baize of Ft. Davis; Bill Barrick of Florence; Lyndy Benson of Cleburne; George Boutwell of Clifton; Anthony Brown of Abilene; Lynn Brown of Bluff Dale; R. Russell Brown of Canyon; Pam Bunch of Del Rio; Garnet Buster of New Braunfels; Hugh Campbell, III of San Angelo; Paul Friske of Abilene; Mary Haan of Abilene; M.S. Hollis of Cheyenne, Wyoming; Maxie Kohout of Stamford; Melissa Kohout of Ft. Worth; Daniel Maldonado of Austin; Jack Moss of Llano; Steve Napper of Odessa; Tom Paulson of Clifton; Doug Prine of Nemo; Pete Quaid of Celina; Linda Rust of Del Rio; Paul Cameron Smith of Weatherford; Paul Tadlock of New Braunfels; Herman Walker of Kerrville; Gary Ward of Canyon; and Roy Lee Ward of Hunt.

This year’s featured artist, Herman Walker, donated a painting, valued at $1,200.00, for raffle.  “Dusty, Dry, and Tired” features a saddled horse and depicts the dignity and grace inherent in hard-working animals of West Texas. Raffle tickets sell for $5.00 each or 5 for $20.00 and can be purchased at the John Selmon Memorial Gallery until the drawing, which takes place during the last rodeo performance. Herman Walker grew up on West Texas ranches. After graduating with a degree in Animal Science from Texas Tech University, he began to paint scenes of the West. Walker was the featured artist of the Museum of Western Art in February 2012, and the Stamford Art Foundation is proud to feature his work at its 42nd Annual Stamford Art Show.

Patrons can view the artwork in this year’s show for the first time at the June 30 Preview Party, beginning at 6:30 P.M., an exceptional experience as attendees mingle with the artists. Two lucky patrons will receive $100 gift certificates to be used toward the purchase of any artwork in the show. Joe Allen’s Catering will serve a steak dinner on the rodeo grounds as artists have one hour to create original works of art to be auctioned in the Quick Draw Event. Wayne Baize has generously donated a western print to be auctioned off during the Quick Draw Auction. Throughout the evening, patrons can dance to the music of Gary Miller and the Key West Band. 
Preview Party tickets are $45.00 and available for purchase by contacting Connie Decker at 325.773.3231 or the West Texas Rehabilitation Center at 325.793.3512.

The Stamford Art Foundation, a non-profit organization with 18 directors and approximately 130 volunteers whose efforts make the art show one of a kind, was founded in 1974. The proceeds from the Stamford Art Show benefit the West Texas Rehabilitation Center, whose mission is to “improve the quality of life of those [they] serve regardless of financial circumstance” through physical and occupational therapy, hospice care, speech and language pathology, and pediatric services, among others.


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