14th ANNUAL SOUTHEASTERN COWBOY GATHERING
MARCH 9 – 11
Round up the children and mosey on down to the 14th Annual Southeastern Cowboy Gathering, an event designed to celebrate our rich Western heritage and provide an unique opportunity to explore the West without leaving the South! Scheduled events include a gallery walk, exhibition opening reception, lecture, and sculpting demonstration with Featured Artist Chris Navarro; a concert by Featured Entertainers R.W. Hampton and Belinda Gail; the Southeastern Chuck Wagon Invitational; a Family Fun Day of art activities; announcement of winners for the High School Writing Through Art Literary Competition; live entertainment; cowboy church; and so much more!
Thursday, March 9
10:00 am – 8:00 pm: Museum open
4:30 pm: Gallery Walk and Exhibition Opening
Be among the first to see Embrace the Struggle: The Bronze 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.
5:30 pm: Exhibition Opening Reception
An exhibition opening reception will be held in the Museum’s Atrium where attendees can meet Featured Artist Chris Navarro. Refreshments will be served from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm.
7:00 pm: Featured Artist Evening Lecture
Join Booth Museum Members and guests in Bergman Theatre and 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.
Friday, March 10
9:30 am – 5:00 pm: Museum open
10:00 am – 12:30 pm: Sculpting Demonstration and Conversation with Featured Artist Chris Navarro
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.
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm: Family Fun Day
Families are invited to enjoy an activity-packed afternoon. Explore current exhibits Howard Terpning: 70 Years of Art and Embrace the Struggle: The Bronze 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.
Saturday, March 11
8:00 am – Noon: Southeastern Chuck Wagon Invitational
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.
9:00 am – 6:30 pm: Museum open
10:00 am: Cowboy Church
Led by Pastor Jason Lyle of The Open Range Church, Cowboy Church is a non-denominational service featuring cowboy prayers and Western spiritual music. Held in Bergman Theatre.
11:00 am – 3:00 pm: The Art Comes to Life
Throughout the Museum, images and characters from the Booth Museum Permanent Collection comes to life! We encourage interaction, questions, and photographs!
Noon: Chuck Wagon Lunch
Considered one of Georgia’s tastiest food festivals, Chuck Wagon Meal Ticket holders will be served lunch straight off the wagon, just as the cattle drives of the 1800s.
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm: Cowboy Poetry Rodeo/Open Mic
The art of cowboy poetry. Recite your own works in Bergman Theatre. Call 770-387-3849 to sign up.
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm: Singer/Songwriter Open Mic
Calling all performers! Take the stage in Bergman Theatre to perform your music! Call 770-387-3849 to sign up.
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm: Western Movie Trivia
Do you consider yourself a Western movie buff? Join Jim Dunham in Bergman Theatre to test your knowledge of Western movies with trivia!
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm: Old Mill Road Band
Back by popular demand! Enjoy the sounds of this innovative bluegrass band in Bergman Theatre.
7:00 pm: Gathering Concert
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 today by calling the Museum at 770-387-1300, the Grand Theatre Box Office at 770-386-7343, or online at www.thegrandtheatre.org.
Chris Navarro was raised in an Air Force family, spending his childhood moving across the United States and Europe. At the age of 16, Chris experienced the sport of rodeo and the pursuit of competing throughout college led Chris to become a professional bull rider. Having retired professionally from the sport, Chris still competes in team roping events while splitting his time between Casper, Wyoming, and Sedona, Arizona. Today, Navarro is best known for his large monumental sculptures, with more than 30 placed throughout the country since he began sculpting professionally in 1986. Behind his self-proclaimed driving passions of his family, horses, rodeo, and art, Chris Navarro was honored with the 2015 Wyoming Arts Council Governor’s Art Award.
R.W. Hampton was born to be a cowboy. After more than a decade as a dedicated cowboy enjoying the hard-working western ranch lifestyle, Hampton decided to explore his other passion, music. Since 1984, he has released 16 albums, performed at The Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee, and the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., and has appeared in more than a dozen movies including Wild Horses, The Tracker, and Gambler III. Hampton is a four-time Male Vocalist of the Year recipient by the Academy of Western Artists and was inducted in the Western Music Association Hall of Fame in 2011. Today, R.W. Hampton is regarded as the voice of Cowboy Music.
Belinda Gail is known as “America’s Western Sweetheart.” Raised on ranches in Nevada’s Carson Valley and in the California Sierra Nevada foothills near Sequoia National Park, Belinda’s rich ranching heritage and love of the West runs deep in her music. In 2012 she was named to the top 50 Country and Western Entertainers of all time by American Cowboy Magazine. As a seven-time Female Performer of the Year by the Western Music Association, Belinda is a vibrant and natural entertainer, and one of the most sought after women performing Western music today.
Adults – $10 plus tax
Seniors (65 and over) – $8 plus tax
Students – $7 plus tax
Children 12 & Under – FREE
Booth Museum Members – FREE
Active Military with I.D. – FREE
Chuck Wagon Meal Ticket – $15 plus tax
Featured Artist Sculpting Demo – $30 for Booth Museum Members and $40 for not-yet-members
Gathering Concert – $20 for Booth Museum Members and $25 for not-yet-members
Sponsorships are available. Please contact the Development Department at 770-387-1538.