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.
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 – children’s art activities throughout the Museum, cowgirl music by Catherine Thompson, face painting and photo booth fun, Scott Douglas‘ interactive American Indian music show, our famous hot dog lunch with all the fixings in the Booth Ballroom from noon – 1:30 pm, a double-discount in the Booth Store (on most items), showing of the movie The Indian in the Cupboard in Bergman Theatre, and so much more! To see a promo video, click here. The event and lunch are free for Booth Museum Members – please RSVP by clicking here.
Booth Photography Guild Exhibition Opening Reception & Awards Presentation
August 26, 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Join members of the Booth Photography Guild for the official exhibition opening of their Annual Exhibition in Borderlands Gallery. Beginning at 3:00 pm, enjoy light refreshments and meet the artists in attendance. At 4:00 pm, the exhibition awards will be presented in Bergman Theatre. For additional information on the Booth Photography Guild, click here.
Art for Lunch: They Were from Georgia
September 6, 12:15 pm – Booth Ballroom
Join Booth Museum Director of Special Projects Jim Dunham as he provides another installment of his They Were from Georgia Series. Dunham will look into the life and times of Green Russell, a prospector and miner, who followed the discoveries of gold, from Georgia to California to Colorado. 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 with Executive Director Seth Hopkins and Curator Lisa Wheeler. At 5:00 pm, head to the Atrium for the opening reception with a Southern grits bar, craft beer and wine. Musical entertainment will be provided by Swing South. 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 peach cobbler for dessert. Wear your Western wear and take advantage of a double-discount in the Booth Store (on most items)! To view an event promo video, click here. An Evening for Adults is free for Booth Museum Members. Tickets for guests of members are $25 plus tax. To RSVP or purchase tickets click here.
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
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.
Painting Demonstration and Conversation with Featured Artist Howard Post
October 28, 10:00 am – 12:30 pm – Bergman Theatre
In third grade Howard Post decided to become an artist. When he was told he couldn’t make a living as an artist he became an illustrator. That career exposed him to many different approaches and subjects and taught him discipline. “You can’t sit around waiting for inspiration,” he says. Today, this native Arizonan is considered a master impressionist who shows the contemporary West in a modern fashion. This event will be moderated by Booth Executive Director Seth Hopkins. Presented by the Booth Art Academy. Registration is $30 for Booth Museum Members and $40 for not-yet-members. For additional information click here. 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. Booth Museum Members get exclusive presale rights August 1-31 at $25 (plus tax) per ticket. To purchase tickets call 770-387-1300 or visit the Museum. Ticket sales are non-refundable. Ticket sales open to the general public on September 1 at $30 (plus tax) per ticket. 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.
Art for Lunch: Stacking of Arms: The Civil War Surrender Ceremonies”
November 1, 12:15 pm – Booth Ballroom
General Robert E. Lee surrendered the Army of Northern Virginia to Lieutenant General U.S. Grant at Appomattox Court House on April 9, 1865. The terms Grant extended served as a template for negotiations with the various Confederate forces continuing to offer resistance. After four years of fighting, the American Civil War – unlike similar conflicts in other nations – ended with the victor focusing on reunification instead of annihilation. This is a special lecture from Civil War historian Michael K. Shaffer. Lunch will be available for $10.00 plus tax. No outside food or beverages. Attendees are encouraged to arrive early. Program included with admission.
Exhibition Opening Reception: 14th Annual Kids Cowboy Up!
November 16, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm – Borderlands Gallery
Members and guests are invited to view the 14th Annual Kids Cowboy Up! exhibition featuring artwork by members of the Boys & Girls Club of Bartow County and the Hands of Christ After School Program. Refreshments will be served in Borderlands Meeting Room.
Evening Lecture: TDB
November 16, 7:00 pm – Bergman Theatre
Art for Lunch: Western Therapy with Kevin Kehoe
December 6, 12:15 pm – Booth Ballroom
Self-described as a “New American Painter”, Kevin Kehoe is just that. Four years ago Kehoe left a successful career as an advertising Creative Director to follow his heart and pursue a lifelong dream of becoming a painter. In this time, he has created a series of paintings called Western Therapy that he describes as “The West, and all its grandeur is that spiritual, reverent place that feeds the soul and inspires the heart like no other. The Wide Open West is open wide to possibility. Western Therapy is a celebration of that.” Just in time for the holidays, join Kevin as he presents a special “gift” to the Booth. Lunch will be available for $10.00 plus tax. No outside food or beverages. Attendees are encouraged to arrive early. Program included with admission.