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On Saturday, February 20, 2016, Booth Western Art Museum will host the seventh annual For the Love of Art Gala & Art Auction.  As the largest annual fundraiser for the Museum, the Gala will feature a variety of art, trips, jewelry and more offered in both live and silent auction formats. The highlight of the evening will be the presentation of the Booth Western Art Museum Lifetime Achievement Award to artist Tom Hill.


To view items in the 2016 auction, click here.

Unable to attend but interested in the auction items? View our Proxy Bid Form for more information!

Beginning at 5:30 pm on February 20, which happens to be Ansel Adams’ birthday, guests can tour the galleries and view current exhibits Ansel Adams: Before & After and Three Point Perspective: Dean, Elliott & Hagege, enjoy cocktails and light hors d’oeuvres and a silent auction. Guests will then adjourn to the Booth Ballroom to enjoy a gourmet meal of either a Spice Rubbed Beef Tenderloin or Jumbo Lump Crab Cake entrée, musical performance by Granville Automatic, and live art auction. Premium wine by the bottle is available for $30 – to be opened and placed at your table during dinner – featuring Chateau Ste. Michelle Indian Wells (Cabernet, Chardonnay, Merlot) or Le Crema Sonoma (Pinot Noir or Chardonnay). For the Love of Art Gala & Art Auction tickets are $150 per person.

“Every year we select an important artist in the Museum’s permanent collection to be honored with our Lifetime Achievement Award,” said Booth Executive Director Seth Hopkins.  “We are pleased to add Tom Hill to the group that includes past winners Howard Terpning, G. Harvey, Glenna Goodacre and Kenneth Riley. Hill was an important illustrator in both New York and Chicago before heading West and attracting attention with his vibrant watercolors,” says Hopkins.

TomHillGreat watercolorist, teacher, and author, Tom Hill was born in Texas and raised in Southern California. Hill studied art at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, and later at the Art Institute of Chicago. Tom Hill has had a varied career serving as a U.S. Navy artist, storyboard and set design artist for Universal Studios, artist-reporter with the Chicago Tribune, and a freelance illustrator and graphic designer in New York City. Tom is married to artist Barbara Luebke Hill, who also has work in the Booth Museum permanent collection. Hill paints in both oil and watercolor mediums but is recognized by his peers as a master in the art of transparent watercolor. With his noted accomplishments, Hill has traveled the world leading workshops and demonstrations, championing watercolor as a medium. These opportunities have provided Hill with the experience and expertise to write several books about color and watercolor painting, including The Watercolorist’s Complete Guide to Color, and his newest book Travels With My Paintbox, highlighting his world travels.

In addition to the events and auctions, patrons have an opportunity to purchase raffle tickets to win two paintings. Artist Michael Untiedt’s piece To Ride the Pale Horse portrays a lone cowboy and his horse underneath the starry Western sky. This 12 x 16” oil painting is valued at $2,800 and a winner will be drawn during Boots ‘N’ Saddles. The second raffle will be for a 21 x 29” watercolor of Tom Hill’s entitled Buying Ollas, Tlacolula. It is valued at $3,500 and will be drawn during the For the Love of Art Gala & Art Auction. Raffle tickets are $100 each or three for $250. Winners need not be present to win and are responsible for shipping.

Hill_Pale Horse_large© Mike Untiedt, To Ride the Pale Horse Hill_Buying Ollas_large© Tom Hill, Buying Ollas, Tlacolula





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