In 1964, three artists, Joe Beeler, Charlie Dye, and Johnny Hampton, who shared a love of the cowboy life, went to a Mexico ranch to work cattle. The men hit it off so well that they returned to the United States with a bond which they sealed at an Oak Creek Tavern meeting with George Phippen in June 1965. They resolved to have a cowboy art show together, and, with 10 more like minded men, they did.
Fifty years later, those men would be astounded that not only had their group, the Cowboy Artists of America, as it had come to be known, still survives; its 74 or so members have generated well in excess of $100,000,000 in western art related sales as individuals.
In a time when abstract and pop were the rage, the Cowboy Artists’ inspiration and leadership nurtured a realistic art market; including galleries, art shows, auctions, western museums, and whole communities, helping to launch a BILLION dollar industry!
As the CAA’s commemorate their 50th year, major art museums from coast to coast, galleries and schools, nationwide, are honoring their legacy with exhibits and celebrations and accolades.
We would like to invite you to join us for the 50th Anniversary of the Cowboy Artists of America Art Show! Once again, the CAA’s are showing in conjunction with the Traditional Cowboy Arts Association (TCAA’s) to celebrate the Cowboy Crossings Show.
We wanted to let you preview a selection of NEW original paintings and sculptures for the show at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City October 8th-10th, 2015.