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.

September

SWAPtember Savings
September 1 – 30
Being a member matters! 17 metro-Atlanta attractions have banded together to create an extravaganza of savings opportunities for their members during SWAPtember, an event that encourages members to explore the other organizations throughout September. Here’s how it works: show your Booth Museum Membership card when you visit any of these participating Atlanta attractions between September 1–30, 2016 and receive great discounts. Discounts may be on the purchase of a membership or admission. Please check the website of the organization you are visiting for specific details and restrictions. The 17 metro-Atlanta attractions are: Atlanta Botanical Garden, Atlanta History Center | Margaret Mitchell House, Booth Western Art Museum, The Breman Museum, Callanwolde Fine Arts Center, Chattahoochee Nature Center, Center for Puppetry Arts, Fernbank Museum of Natural History, Historic Oakland Foundation, Michael C. Carlos Museum at Emory University, Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia, Museum of Modern Design Atlanta, Oglethorpe University Museum of Art, Piedmont Park Conservancy, Tellus Science Museum, and Zoo Atlanta. For more information, click here.

 

October

Art for Lunch: The Art and Sport of Rodeo 
October 5, 12:15 pm – Booth Ballroom
Hang on for more than 8 seconds as we take an in-depth look into the sport of rodeo and the associated artwork within the Booth Museum Permanent Collection. Lunch will be available for $8.00 plus tax. No outside food or beverages. Attendees are encouraged to arrive early. Program included with admission.

14th Annual Southeastern Cowboy Festival & Symposium
October 20-23
Enjoy entertainment throughout the four day event, including Western music, Gunfight re-enactments, demonstrations of Native American dances, and so much more! The Kids Corner of the Festival & Symposium will feature a petting zoo, inflatables, mechanical bull rides, and a variety of free activities for children. For a full schedule of events, click here.

Passport to the West
October 20 & 21, 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 21 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 20, 4:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Booth Museum Members and guests are invited to attend the opening of the exhibition 65 Years of Chasing Sunlight: The Art of Merrill Mahaffey. Merrill Mahaffey completed his first painting in 1950. He says he has been on a quest ever since, “chasing the sunlight across the land trying to capture the exact luminosity that makes ordinary places magical.” Known for his highly detailed paintings of rock formations, canyon walls and mines, Mahaffey contrasts light and shadow to great effect. Through 30 paintings, this exhibition highlights the best of his work over the last 20 years. Mahaffey 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 Mahaffey discuss his life as an avid outdoorsman and artist who has redefined the great western landscape with his brush. For a full schedule of events during the Festival & Symposium, click here.

Featured Artist Painting Workshop
October 21, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm – The Resource Center
This event provides a rare opportunity to learn from Merrill Mahaffey, one of the leading Western landscape artists, through his high standards of craftsmanship, exploration, and invention. The workshop is open for beginners to the advanced. Registration is $150 for Booth Museum Members and $185 for not-yet-members. Register by calling 770-387-3849 or by clicking here. For a full schedule of events during the Festival & Symposium, click here.

Western Art History Symposium
October 21, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm – Bergman Theatre
A series of four lecture/panel-style presentations lasting roughly 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 22, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm – Museum Festival Grounds
Enjoy three stages of continuous entertainment, children’s activities and a Western marketplace. New this year, the Cowpoke Corner Children’s Stage will feature short interactive skits geared toward children including Jessica’s Wild West Magic Show, a Mary Musgrove and James Oglethorpe skit, and the Refuge Puppet Show. The Music Stage will feature William Harjo performing the Native American Flute, Natalie Goodwin singing folk & family songs, Banjolicious pickin’ bluegrass/folk/country, all-star Western band Back in the Saddle, and Western singer/songwriter Phil Helton keeping it traditional. Throughout the day attendees will also be entertained by living history demonstrations and skits on the Wild West Festival Stage. Performances include “East Meets West: Native American Life and Culture” with Native Americans Laura Alcorn and Little Big Mountain, re-enactments of the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral, trick and fancy roping with cowboy Bruce Brannen, plus traditional Native American dancing, The Art of the Bullwhip demonstration with cowboy Potshot Parker, plus the “Reel West” and a Quick Draw (gun) Skit with Booth Museum Director of Special Projects Jim Dunham. Rounding out the Festival Grounds activities, the Cowpoke Children’s Corner will include fun and free activities such as art projects, hay bale calf roping, yard art, Western Town Bouncy House, and the Little Red Barn Petting Zoo featuring chickens, sheep, goats, ponies, cows, pigs, rabbits, and more! For a small charge, children of all ages (2 – 92) can take a spin on Uncle Buck’s Mechanical Bull. Marketplace vendors will be selling Western art and collectibles, jewelry and clothing, food, pottery, and much more. And, don’t forget to stroll through the festival grounds and interact with Western entertainers and characters! For a full schedule of events during the Festival & Symposium, click here.

Cowboy Festival Concert with Featured Entertainer Marty Haggard
October 22, 7:00 pm – Grand Theatre
With one of the most famous father’s in music, Marty Haggard shares the behind-the-scenes life of what it was like growing up with his world-famous dad, Merle Haggard. Only a handful of musicians have had an impact on the music industry as Merle, having influenced everything from bluegrass to rock ‘n roll prior to his passing in April 2016. With an intimate acoustic duo set, Marty’s remarkable similarity to his father’s voice will entertain audiences in a concert covering the lengthy career of The Hag. His love for his Dad and his music inspired him to begin a project which he titled A Tribute To Merle Haggard, “My Dad”. With two tribute CD’s under his belt (and another one in the works), Marty delivers the songs and stories about his legendary father’s music – as only a member of the family could! Tickets are $25 plus tax for Booth Museum Members and are available for pre-purchase August 1-31. Tickets are $30 plus tax for not-yet-members and will be available for purchase beginning September 1. Ticket sales are non-refundable. To purchase tickets call 770-387-1300 or visit the Museum. Presented by South 93.5. For a full schedule of events during the Festival & Symposium, click here.

Southeastern Cowboy Festival
October 23, 11:00 am – 5:00 pm – Museum Festival Grounds
The final day of the Festival & Symposium will begin with Cowboy Church led by Pastor Jason Lyle. Cowboy Church is 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. The Sunday schedule for the Music Stage will feature Montie Esworthy performing original Hank Williams songs and smooth ballads, Western singer/songwriter Phil Helton, innovative bluegrass band the Old Mill Road Band, William Harjo performing the Native American Flute, and an Open Mic session of Cowboy Music and Poetry. Entertainment on the Wild West Stage will include demonstrations and performances of re-enactments of the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral, traditional Native American dancing, trick and fancy roping with cowboy Bruce Brannen, the “Reel West” and a Quick Draw (gun) Skit with Booth Museum Director of Special Projects Jim Dunham, and The Art of the Bullwhip demonstration with cowboy Potshot Parker. For a full schedule of events during the Festival & Symposium, click here.

November

Art for Lunch: Presidential Trivia! 
November 2, 12:15 pm – Booth Ballroom
Has this election season left you feeling perplexed? Join us as we lighten the mood with some fun Presidential Trivia! Host Tom Shinall will lead this game themed program as members of the audience answer questions based on our Nation’s leaders. Lunch will be available for $8.00 plus tax. No outside food or beverages. Attendees are encouraged to arrive early. Program included with admission.

Exhibition Opening Reception: 13th Annual Kids Cowboy Up!
November 17, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm – Borderlands Gallery
Members and guests are invited to view the 13th Annual Kids Cowboy Up! exhibition featuring artwork by members of the Cartersville Boys & Girls Club and the Hands of Christ After School Program. Refreshments will be served in Borderlands Meeting Room from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm.

Evening Lecture: 40 Years of Buying & Selling Edward S. Curtis
November 17, 7:00 pm – Bergman Theatre
Bob Kapoun, owner of the Shop of the Rainbow Man in Old Santa Fe, has bought and sold collections of Edward S. Curtis for over 40 years. Booth Museum Members and guests are invited to hear from a leading historian in authentic Native American artifacts and the gold tones of Curtis. Program included with admission.

December

Pictures with Cowboy Santa, Children’s Saturday & Store Open House
December 3, 10:30 am – 2:00 pm
Members and guests are invited to visit Cowboy Santa and Mrs. Claus in the Store from 10:30 am – 2:00 pm and have their picture made.  From 10:30 am to Noon, an ornament decorating activity will be held in the Booth Sculpture Court; and throughout the day, special sales will be offered in the Museum Store.

Art for Lunch: F.D.R. and Pearl Harbor Day
December 7, 12:15 pm – Booth Ballroom
Join Booth Western Art Museum Director of Special Projects Jim Dunham as he portrays former U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt. “December 7th, 1941 — a date which will live in infamy…” Jim will recite portions of F.D.R.’s historical Pearl Harbor speech and discuss his fireside chat radio programs between 1933 and 1944. Lunch will be available for $8.00 plus tax. No outside food or beverages. With lunch being served, attendees are encouraged to arrive early. The program is included with admission to the Museum.

January

Art for Lunch: TBD
January 4, 12:15 pm – Booth Ballroom

Evening Lecture: TBD
January 19, 7:00 pm – Bergman Theatre

February

Art for Lunch: TBD
February 1, 12:15 pm – Booth Ballroom

Presidents’ Day at Booth Museum
February 20, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Special day for Home School students in grades 2-12. Celebrate Presidents’ Day at Booth Western Art Museum and Bartow History Museum! Explore the Presidential Gallery, participate in art activities and make discoveries about the Presidents at both museums.

Boots N’ Saddles Pre-Gala Party
February 24, 7:00 pm
Join friends of the Booth for cocktails and heavy hors d’oeuvres, entertainment, surprises, and just a darn good time! Dress casual and wear your Western attire. For more information click here.

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: TBD
March 1, 12:15 pm – Booth Ballroom

14th Annual Southeastern Cowboy Gathering
March 9 – 11
Join us for a three-day celebration of the West including art exhibitions; Featured Artist; Featured Entertainer concert; finals of the Writing Through Art Literary Contest; children’s activities; the largest chuck wagon cook-off east of the Mississippi; and much more! For a full schedule of events, click here.

April

Art for Lunch: TBD
April 5, 12:15 pm – Booth Ballroom

Evening Lecture: TDB
April 20, 7:00 pm – Bergman Theatre

May

Art for Lunch: TBD
May 3, 12:15 pm – Booth Ballroom

Evening Lecture: TDB
May 18, 7:00 pm – Bergman Theatre

June

Art for Lunch: TBD
June 7, 12:15 pm – Booth Ballroom

Summer Entertainment Series: TDB
June 15, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm – Booth Ballroom

July

Summer Entertainment Series: TDB
July 20, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm – Booth Ballroom

August

Art for Lunch: TBD
August 2, 12:15 pm – Booth Ballroom

Evening Lecture: TDB
August 17, 7:00 pm – Bergman Theatre