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.

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. The April Art for Lunch menu will feature BBQ sandwich, baked beans, cole slaw, assorted cookies, with tea and water and will be available for $10.00 plus tax. No outside food or beverages. Attendees are encouraged to arrive early. Program included with admission.

LECTURE and CONVERSATION with CLYDE ASPEVIG
April 7, 10:00 am – 11:30 am – The Paideia School
Booth Western Art Museum and the Olmsted Plein Air Invitational are excited to present a Lecture and Conversation with Artist Clyde Aspevig! When asked about his lecture in Atlanta, Clyde said “One of the biggest challenges artists have is to remain relevant to the times in which we paint. Holding the attention of the viewer long enough for them to become involved in the work should stimulate new ideas, and augment existing artistic beliefs. It is not always easy to balance the two in this age of acceleration. I will use examples of my own work to help formulate ideas that will enable painters to think about different presentations that may make their work more unique. In a new world of digital imagery constantly bombarding the senses, the artist has to find ways of separating themselves from all the competing noise to remain relevant. You might be surprised where this challenge might take you. We will discuss some possible solutions, and look forward to a robust audience discussion.” The Lecture and Conversation will take place in the Main Auditorium of The Paideia School located at 1509 Ponce De Leon Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30307. Parking is free. Tickets for the event are $35.00 and can be purchased online by clicking here.

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
Booth Museum Members and guests are invited to the formal opening of Creating Camelot: The Kennedy Photography of Jacque Lowe. Joining us will be Dr. Randall Patton, Co-Director of the Center for Regional History and Culture Professor of History at Kennesaw State University. He regularly teaches a course called “Recent America: US History Since 1939” and his research specialization is 20th century U.S. business, economic, and labor history. At 4:30 pm in the Special Exhibition Gallery, Dr. Patton will aid in the Gallery Walk of the exhibition, answering history related questions and providing context for the images. At 5:30 pm in the Atrium, refreshments will be served and attendees will have the opportunity to meet Dr. Patton. At 7:00 pm in Bergman Theatre, Dr. Patton will discuss the Kennedy administration, connecting history with the images of Jacques Lowe.

What’s the Rush? Georgia, California and the Economics of the Gold that Connected Them
April 28, 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Students will explore the history of both the Georgia Gold Rush and California Gold Rush on the Museum Festival Grounds and inside both Bartow History Museum and Booth Museum. This year will have an ECONOMICS focus for grades K-8! Enjoy living history presentations, pan for gold with both wet panning and dry panning stations, trade for goods at the expanded Trading Post, discover where gold was found, visit a boom town, and so much more! Cost: $5.00 for students, $3.00 plus tax for adults. This program is presented in partnership with Bartow History Museum and includes admission to both museums. This program is appropriate for Grades K-8. To schedule your group of 10 or more call 770-387-3849.

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 the Summer Entertainment Series: The Humor of Mark Twain in the Booth Ballroom.

Summer Entertainment Series: The Humor of Mark Twain
May 18, 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.

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.

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.

Member Appreciation: Family & Children’s Day
August 19, 11:00 am – 2:30 pm
Member Appreciation: Family & Children’s Day is a special way for the Museum to say thank you to our members who have children and/or grandchildren. Bring the kids for an activity-packed afternoon featuring children’s art activities throughout the Museum, our famous hotdog lunch with all the fixings in the Booth Ballroom from 11:30 am – 1:30 pm, a double-discount in the Booth Store (on most items), and so much more!

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.

Member Appreciation: An Evening for Adults (age 21+)
September 16, 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Members and guests are invited to view Western American Art South of the Sweet Tea Line V. At 4:00 pm participate in a gallery walk through the exhibition and discussions about selected works. At 5:00 pm, head to the Atrium for the opening reception, refreshments, and entertainment. At 7:00 pm in Bergman Theatre we will take an in-depth look into the creation of this exhibition. Following the presentation indulge in a coffee and dessert bar. Wear your Western wear, meet Booth Museum Executive Director Seth Hopkins, and take advantage of a double-discount in the Booth Store (on most items)! An Evening for Adults is free for Booth Museum Members. Tickets for not-yet-members are $25 plus tax. Tickets can be purchased by calling 770-387-1300, or visiting the Museum.

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.