October 23, 2014 through January 4, 2015 – Special Exhibition Gallery

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Featuring approximately 70 works of art from more than 50 women artists across North America, Prevailing Winds: American Women Artists represents some of the very best painters and sculptors working today. Opening Thursday, October 23rd as part of the 12th Annual Southeastern Cowboy Festival & Symposium, this exhibition will remain on view at Booth Western Art Museum through January 4, 2015.

Established in 1990 in Santa Fe, New Mexico, American Women Artists (AWA) is dedicated to the inspiration, celebration, and encouragement of women in the visual fine arts. As an organization, AWA strives to highlight the work of women artists through yearly juried competitions, member shows, museum exhibits and educational opportunities. AWA membership is open to women artists from the United States, Canada and Mexico, supporting representational artists who work in the fields of drawing, painting and sculpture.

“Since our founding in 2000, the Booth has been committed to collecting, researching and exhibiting the work of women artists,” says Booth Museum Executive Director Seth Hopkins. “Prevailing Winds, showcasing the talents of AWA Master and Signature members, is a natural continuation of these efforts.”

On Thursday, October 23rd at 4:30 pm Krystii Melaine, Featured Artist of the Cowboy Festival & Symposium and Prevailing Winds guest artist, along with AWA member artists will lead a gallery walk through the exhibition. At 5:30 pm in the Atrium, Booth Museum Members and guests are invited to an opening reception for the Prevailing Winds exhibition. During this time, works from the exhibition will be available for purchase in the gallery. At 7:00 pm in Bergman Theatre, Krystii Melaine will present her Featured Artist lecture and discuss her artistic career. The gallery walk, opening reception, and evening lecture are free for Booth Museum Members and included in the cost of admission for not-yet-members.

On Friday, October 24th a series of art history lectures focus mainly on women in the arts, will be held in Bergman Theatre from 10:30 am to 4:00 pm. At 10:30 am Aaron Jones, Interpretation Manager at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas, will describe The Inspiring Women Tour: a tour he created to look at strong women in the art world, both as artists and subjects, as well as the museum’s founder, Alice Walton. At 11:30 am gallery owners Maryvonne Leshe of Trailside Galleries, John Marzolf of Biltmore Galleries, and Adam Warner of Mountain Trails Gallery will discuss Tough Love for Artists: how artists get into major galleries, what they need to do to stay, and the major stumbling blocks to success, particularly for women. At 2:00 pm, Scott Rogers, Starr York and Nancy Dunlop Cawdrey, three artists having very different working relationships with a spouse or manager will discuss Artful Working Relationships: the value of having someone to handle their business, travel logistics, and correspondence.  These partners may sometimes also serve as a model or critic. At 3:00 pm Robert Szabo, one of three artists in the exhibition Modern Masters – Antiquated Process, will describe Wet Collodion Photography: how photographers between 1850 and 1880 used equal parts chemistry, skill, perseverance, and luck to make glass plate and tintype images. Symposium lectures are free for Booth Museum Members and included in the cost of admission for not-yet-members.

On Saturday, October 25th Featured Artist Krystii Melaine will host a one-day oil painting workshop from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm at Booth Art Academy based on Native Americans, Cowboys, and their Horses. Space is limited. To register, call 770-387-3849.

Booth Museum Members and guests are encouraged to enjoy Prevailing Winds and also take note of the number of women artists in the permanent collection galleries and the concurrent temporary exhibition, Western American Art South of the Sweet Tea Line IV, a survey of Western art in collections across the South.

For additional information on the American Women Artists, click here.

Prevailing Winds: American Women Artists is sponsored in part by:

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