Exhibition openings, artist lectures, books signings and more take place throughout the year at Booth Western Art Museum. See the schedule below for a full list of all upcoming events and exhibitions.

February

Boots ‘N’ Saddles Pre-Gala Party
February 24, 6:30 pm
Join friends of the Booth for cocktails and heavy hors d’oeuvres, entertainment, surprises, and just a darn good time! The evening will also be a celebration of the career of Howard Terpning honoring his work on some of the most famous movie posters of all time and his mature career as one of the greatest Western artists of all times. Dress casual and wear your Western attire. For more information click here.

SOLD OUT! Brunch with Artists
February 25, 10:00 am – Hilton Garden Inn
To provide more of a well-rounded weekend experience for guests coming from out of town, Gala patrons will have the opportunity to attend a Brunch with Artists at the host hotel, the Hilton Garden Inn – Cartersville. This is an informal opportunity to mix and mingle with artists attending the Gala, including Booth Western Art Museum Lifetime Achievement Award honoree Robert McGinnis. For more information click here.

The Art of Movie Posters Symposium
February 25, 2:00 pm – Bergman Theatre
Honoring the evolution of two great artists, Robert McGinnis and Howard Terpning – whom both are recognized for their contributions to the movie poster art industry, Booth Museum Executive Director will lead an informative panel discussion on the artwork created for classic movie posters.  For more information click here.

SOLD OUT! For the Love of Art Gala & Art Auction
February 25, 5:30 pm
The Booth’s annual fundraising gala will begin with a cocktail reception and silent auction, followed by a gourmet dinner, live art auction, and live entertainment.  The highlight of the evening will be the presentation of the Booth Western Art Museum Lifetime Achievement Award to great illustrator and artist Robert McGinnis.  For more information click here.

March

Art for Lunch: The First Photographic Images of Yellowstone
March 1, 12:15 pm – Booth Ballroom
Dr. Matthew E. Hermes takes an in-depth look at an extremely rare and highly important album of Albertypes from photographs by William Henry Jackson, containing the first photographic views of the Yellowstone, which were instrumental in its establishment as the first U.S. National Park. Hermes, a Research Associate Professor in the Department of Bioengineering at Clemson University and a 2015–2016 Resident Fellow at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, gained access to the largest collection of these prints in 2015 and successfully mounted the exhibition Yellowstone Discovered at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West and a second exhibition Yellowstone: Let Wonderland Tell its Story. Lunch will be available for $10.00 plus tax. No outside food or beverages. Attendees are encouraged to arrive early. Program included with admission.

14th Annual Southeastern Cowboy Gathering
March 9 – 11
Join us for a three-day celebration of the West including art related events with Featured Artist Chris Navarro, Cowboy Concert with Featured Entertainers Belinda Gail and R.W. Hampton, children’s art activities; chuck wagon cooking demonstrations, and much more! For a full schedule of events, click here.

Gallery Walk, Exhibition Opening Reception and Featured Artist Evening Lecture
March 9, 4:30 pm – 8:00 pm 
Be among the first to see Embrace the Struggle: The Art of Chris Navarro in the Temporary Exhibition Gallery. This display of over 30 sculpture and large scale photographs of monumental projects around the country shows how Navarro overcame the struggles of evolving from bull rider to professional bronze artist. Navarro will lead a Gallery Walk discussing the process in which the sculptures were created and how this exhibition became a reality. At 5:30 pm an exhibition opening reception will be held in the Museum’s Atrium where attendees can meet Featured Artist Chris Navarro. Refreshments will be served. At 7:00 pm in Bergman Theatre hear from Navarro as he explains how he transitioned from professional bull rider to professional sculptor. Following his presentation, Navarro will be available to sign his book Chasing the Wind: The Art of Chris Navarro in the Booth Museum Store. For a full schedule of weekend events, click here.

Sculpting Demonstration and Conversation with Featured Artist Chris Navarro
March 10, 10:00 am – 12:30 pm
Presented by the Booth Artists’ Guild in Bergman Theatre, this event provides a unique opportunity to witness and learn from one of Western art’s great sculptors. Tickets are $30 for Booth Museum Members and $40 for not-yet-members. To register for the artist demonstration, call 770-387-3849. For a full schedule of weekend events, click here.

Family Fun Day
March 10, 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Families are invited to enjoy an activity-packed afternoon. Explore current exhibits Howard Terpning: 70 Years of Art and Embrace the Struggle: The Art of Chris Navarro for inspiration and participate in a variety of art-related activities to create your own masterpieces. Reservations are suggested. Cost is $5 per student and $3 plus tax per adult. Call 770-387-3849 to schedule your group of 10 or more students. For a full schedule of weekend events, click here.

Southeastern Chuck Wagon Invitational
March 11, 8:00 am – Noon
Referred to as “the original food truck” by Georgia Eats, the Southeastern Chuck Wagon Invitational is the largest chuck wagon gathering east of the Mississippi River. Teams of cooks will be provided the same basic ingredients and are instructed to prepare their own versions of beef stew, mashed potatoes, beans, cobbler, and their choice of biscuit or cornbread. The teams are encouraged to interact with attendees and educate the public on the importance of the chuck wagon during the cattle drives of the 1800s. Lunch from the chuck wagons will be served at High Noon. Those interested are encouraged to purchase meal tickets in advance for $15 plus tax by calling 770-387-1300. For a full schedule of weekend events, click here.

Southeastern Cowboy Gathering
March 11, 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Throughout the day there will be a variety of events for the entire family. Inside the Museum, the art will come to life with characters from artwork in the Booth Collection available for interaction, questions, and photographs. Other activities include Cowboy Church, announcement of winners for the High School Writing Through Art Literary Competition, Cowboy Poetry and Western music, and a performance by innovative bluegrass band Old Mill Road Band. Entertainment to be held in Bergman Theatre. For a full schedule of weekend events, click here.

Gathering Concert
March 11, 7:00 pm
Held in the historic Grand Theatre, enjoy an evening of Western music with two of America’s leading Western entertainers, R.W. Hampton and Belinda Gail. Tickets are $20 plus tax for Booth Museum Members and $25 plus tax for not-yet-members. Ticket sales are non-refundable. Seating in the Grand Theatre is limited, so purchase your tickets online at www.grandtheatre.org. For a full schedule of weekend events, click here.

April

Art for Lunch: The Art of Plein Air
April 5, 12:15 pm – Booth Ballroom
Award-winning landscape painter T. Allen Lawson has painted around the world, but is best known for his works along the Maine coast and throughout his native Wyoming. Join us as he shares the secrets to his success and his approach to creating effective, moody landscape paintings. As a bonus, Lillian Ansley from the Olmstead Plein Air Invitational will preview the exciting Plein Air painting events taking place in Atlanta during the month of April. Lunch will be available for $10.00 plus tax. No outside food or beverages. Attendees are encouraged to arrive early. Program included with admission.

Gallery Walk, Exhibition Opening and Evening Lecture: Creating Camelot: The Kennedy Photography of Jacques Lowe
April 22, 4:30 pm – 8:00 pm – Bergman Theatre

May

Art for Lunch: 40 Years of Buying & Selling the West
May 3, 12:15 pm – Booth Ballroom
Bob Kapoun, owner of the Shop of  the Rainbow Man in Old Santa Fe, has bought and sold Native American and Hispanic arts, crafts, jewelry, and the photography of Edward S. Curtis for more than 40 years. Open since 1945, The Rainbow Man is a leading store carrying old and contemporary items making Kapoun a leading historian on buying and selling the West. Program to be determined. Lunch will be available for $10.00 plus tax. No outside food or beverages. Attendees are encouraged to arrive early. Program included with admission.

Booth Artists’ Guild Exhibition Opening Reception
May 18, 5:00 pm – Borderlands Gallery
See the exhibition and meet the artists featured in the Booth Artists’ Guild Annual Exhibition. Light refreshments will be available in Borderlands Meeting Room. Following the opening reception, Booth Museum Members and guests are invited to attend a lively presentation at 7:00 pm in Bergman Theatre with Roger Reed, president of Illustration House.

Evening Lecture: Western Illustrators within American Art
May 18, 7:00 pm – Bergman Theatre
For over thirty years, Illustration House has been America’s foremost gallery devoted to the art and history of illustration. President Roger Reed has followed in his father’s footsteps to become one of the leading authorities on illustration art in America. His father, Walt Reed, authored the definitive book on the subject, covering artists from 1860 to 2000. Join us for a lively presentation as Roger places some of the great Western illustrators within the larger context of American art.

June

Summer Entertainment Series Kickoff Concert with Tom Russell
June 2, 6:00 pm – Booth Ballroom
Singer songwriter, painter, essayist – Tom Russell has published five books, recorded 35 highly acclaimed records and had songs recorded be Johnny Cash, Nanci Griffith, K.D. Lang, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, and a hundred others. Doors open at 6:00 pm for a delicious dinner prepared by the Booth Café with a cash bar. Entertainment will begin at 7:00 pm. Tickets are $25 plus tax for Booth Museum Members and $30 plus tax for not-yet-members. Show appropriate for ages 18+. For more information on Tom Russell, click here. To purchase tickets, click here.

Art for Lunch: Chasing Lewis & Clark Across America
June 7, 12:15 pm – Booth Ballroom
This is the story of Lewis & Clark’s boundless determination as they floated, trudged and portaged their way to the Pacific Ocean. Photographer/Pilot Ron Lowery captures the courage of the Corps of Discovery and the rugged majesty of the land through which they traveled through his aerial artistry. Following the program, Lowery will be available for a book signing of Chasing Lewis & Clark Across America: A 21st Century Aviation Adventure. Books will be available for purchase. Lunch will be available for $10.00 plus tax. No outside food or beverages. Attendees are encouraged to arrive early. Program included with admission.

Summer Entertainment Series: The Humor of Mark Twain
June 15, 6:00 pm – Booth Ballroom
Booth Museum Historian Jim Dunham will present humorous material the author used during his many speaking engagements around the world; giving the audience an idea of what it might have been like to attend one of Twain’s sold out lectures. Later in the evening, Dunham will step out of character and discuss some of Twain’s real-life Western adventures and the books he created from these experiences. Doors open at 6:00 pm for a delicious dinner prepared by the Booth Café with a cash bar. Entertainment will begin at 7:00 pm. Tickets are $25 plus tax for Booth Museum Members and $30 plus tax for not-yet-members. To purchase tickets, click here.

July

Gallery Walk, Opening Reception and Panel Discussion: Painting Red Rocks Country, Past and Present
July 20, 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Members and guests are invited to the formal exhibition opening of Painting Red Rocks Country, Past and Present. At 4:o0 pm, artists G. Russell Case and Matt Smith will lead a gallery walk through the exhibition and discuss their works. Refreshments will be served in the Atrium from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm. At 6:00 pm in Bergman Theatre, Case and Smith will discuss why artists have been drawn to the red rocks region in the American Southwest for well over 100 years, the influence of great Western artists Maynard Dixon and Edgar A. Payne, and how these have helped develop their artistic careers. These activities are free for Booth Museum Members and included with general admission for not-yet-members. Following the panel discussion, a dinner theatre-style concert with Kenny Hall will be held in the Booth Ballroom.

Summer Entertainment Series: Music from Red Rock Country with Kenny Hall
July 20, 7:00 pm – Booth Ballroom
Kenny Hall is a fifth-generation horseman from the beautiful red rock country of southern Utah, where he raises horses, mules and cattle, and has been building saddles for 20 years. He works full-time at Bryce Canyon National Park, spending many of his days horseback. A singer of western ballads and songs ranging from traditional to modern, Kenny has performed at cowboy gatherings across the country. Well-known for his sincere performances of true cowboy songs, Kenny voices a deep personal connection to his own rich cowboy heritage. Doors open at 7:00 pm for a delicious dinner prepared by the Booth Café with a cash bar. Entertainment will begin at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $25 plus tax for Booth Museum Members and $30 plus tax for not-yet-members. To purchase tickets, click here.

August

Art for Lunch: Native Hands: A New Look
August 2, 12:15 pm – Booth Ballroom
After several years, major changes have taken place in the Native Hands Exhibit. The cases continue to display the best examples of artistic expression by tribal artists, however in a fresh new format – presenting items that represent the many diverse styles of decorated Native objects. Join Booth Museum Director of Special Projects Jim Dunham as he discusses the new look of the Native Hands Exhibit. Lunch will be available for $10.00 plus tax. No outside food or beverages. Attendees are encouraged to arrive early. Program included with admission.

Evening Lecture: Painting Red Rocks Country, Past and Present with Ray Roberts
August 17, 7:00 pm – Bergman Theatre
Award winning artist Ray Roberts is one of four contemporaries featured in Painting Red Rocks Country, Past and Present. Born and raised in Southern California, Ray attended the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, where he studied under John Asaro, Dan McCaw, Len Chmiel, Ned Jacob, and Mark Daily. It was there that Ray also met his wife, impressionist painter Peggi Kroll. Like many successful artists before him, Ray first pursued a career as an illustrator, establishing a studio in Los Angeles and then Scottsdale, Arizona. He got up the courage to switch to fine art in 1992 and has never looked back. Program is free for Booth Museum Members and included with general admission for not-yet-members.

September

Art for Lunch: Seth’s Summer Travels & New Art in the Booth
September 6, 12:15 pm – Booth Ballroom
Join Booth Western Art Museum Executive Director Seth Hopkins for his annual review of interesting people and places he has recently visited. He will also discuss the new art hanging in the Booth Museum galleries. Lunch will be available for $10.00 plus tax. No outside food or beverages. Attendees are encouraged to arrive early. Program included with admission.

Evening Lecture: TDB
September 21, 7:00 pm – Bergman Theatre

October

Art for Lunch: Painting Red Rocks Country, Past and Present with Denise LaRue Mahlke
October 4, 12:15 pm – Booth Ballroom
Denise LaRue Mahlke is one of four contemporaries featured in the Painting Red Rocks Country, Past and Present exhibition. Drawing for the better part of her life, Denise was encouraged by her family to take art lessons and later study with artists whom she admired and respected through workshops. Her paintings convey a sense of restfulness and peace that reflect the spiritual connection she feels for the landscape. As an award winning artist, she continues to gain national recognition for her pastel paintings, which have been featured in numerous publications and exhibitions. Lunch will be available for $10.00 plus tax. No outside food or beverages. Attendees are encouraged to arrive early. Program included with admission.

15th Annual Southeastern Cowboy Festival & Symposium
October 26-29
As the largest Western themed event in the South, thousands of participants are expected to visit the four-day Festival & Symposium, which is packed with events such as gunfight re-enactments, Native American dancing, art-related events with a Featured Artist, concert by Featured Entertainer Sons of the Pioneers, children’s activities, Cowboy Church, and so much more! For a full schedule of events, click here.

Passport to the West
October 26 & 27, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm – Museum Festival Grounds
Enjoy riveting performances of “From East to West” by Native Americans, Laura Alcorn and Little Big Mountain. View full encampments of Southern Plains Comanche and Eastern Woodland Indians and learn the differences between tribes. Discover what Native American life was like from both the male and female perspective. Additional demonstrations of pottery making, blacksmithing, spinning, chuck wagon cooking, flint knapping, bee keeping, and life at a trading post will fascinate students as they take this educational journey to the West. This program is appropriate for grades 2 – 12. Admission is $5 for students; $3 plus tax for adults; classroom teachers are free; includes Museum admission. Call 770-387-3849 to schedule your school group. Passport to the West is available for scheduling on Friday, October 27 from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm. For a full schedule of events during the Festival & Symposium, click here.

Exhibition Opening and Featured Artist Evening Lecture
October 26, 4:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Booth Museum Members and guests are invited to attend an exhibition opening by our Featured Artist. The artist will conduct a gallery walk at 4:30 pm in the Temporary Exhibition Gallery. Refreshments will be served in the Atrium beginning at 5:30 pm. At 7:00 pm in Bergman Theatre, Booth Museum Members and guests are invited to hear the Featured Artist discuss his/her career as an artist. For a full schedule of events during the Festival & Symposium, click here.

Western Art History Symposium
October 27, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm – Bergman Theatre
A series of four lecture-style presentations lasting 45 minutes with time for questions and answers at the end and a break for lunch. The Western Art History Symposium is included with general admission to the Museum. For a full schedule of events during the Festival & Symposium, click here.

Southeastern Cowboy Festival
October 28, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm – Museum Festival Grounds
Enjoy three stages of entertainment! Re-enactments of the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral, Western music, Native American dancing, living history encampments, and more! Shop for Western art, jewelry, clothing, food, pottery, and more! Cowpoke Corner includes free children’s art projects, hay bale calf roping, Western Bouncy House, Little Red Barn Petting Zoo and Chalk Art Demonstrations! For a full schedule of events during the Festival & Symposium, click here.

Cowboy Festival Concert with Featured Entertainer Sons of the Pioneers
October 28, 7:00 pm – Grand Theatre
For more than 75 years, the Sons of the Pioneers have performed the music of the American West – the landscape, people, and culture. Signature songs such as Tumbling Tumbleweed, Cool Water and Ghost Riders in the Sky, have become forever entwined into the very fabric of the West. Their songs are unabashed love songs to the West, one of the things that makes them different. Tickets will be available at a later date. Presented by South 93.5. For a full schedule of events during the Festival & Symposium, click here.

Southeastern Cowboy Festival
October 29, 11:00 am – 5:00 pm – Museum Festival Grounds
The final day of the Festival & Symposium will begin with Cowboy Church, a non-denominational service featuring cowboy prayers and Western spiritual music. The Cowboy Festival & Symposium will then continue with another full day of entertainment, children’s activities and the Western marketplace from noon to 5:00 pm on the Festival Grounds. For a full schedule of events during the Festival & Symposium, click here.

November

Art for Lunch: TBD
November 1, 12:15 pm – Booth Ballroom
Program to be determined. Lunch will be available for $10.00 plus tax. No outside food or beverages. Attendees are encouraged to arrive early. Program included with admission.

Evening Lecture: TDB
September 16, 7:00 pm – Bergman Theatre

December

Art for Lunch: TBD
December 6, 12:15 pm – Booth Ballroom
Program to be determined. Lunch will be available for $10.00 plus tax. No outside food or beverages. Attendees are encouraged to arrive early. Program included with admission.