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The Desert Caballeros Western Museum is proud to present the 15th annual Cowgirl Up! Art from the Other Half of the West Invitational Exhibition and Sale from March 27 - May 10, 2020.
In 2006, the Desert Caballeros Western Museum embraced a revolutionary idea: an annual exhibition and sale, showcasing the brightest contemporary female artists depicting the Western lifestyle. In the male-dominated world of Western art, Cowgirl Up! turned the spotlight squarely on women's voices and perspectives, serving up a new, deeper understanding of the American West. Fourteen years later, CU! remains one of the major national events for Western women and artists.
Cowgirl Up! is a crossroads where artists, collectors and art enthusiasts come together to explore what it means to be a Western artist. CU! artists ride the range of techniques, styles, and mediums, altogether contributing more than 200 paintings, drawings, and sculptural works each year. More than 50 of the 56 featured artists are in attendance for opening weekend. After opening weekend, art is available for purchase at the Museum and online at westernmuseum.org. Proceeds benefit the creative endeavors of the Cowgirl Up! artists and of the Desert Caballeros Western Museum.
During three days of opening festivities, Frontier Street in front of the Museum transforms into a tented venue for catered dinners, dancing, live auctions, and an artists' quick draw. The weekend kicks off with an opening gala reception, miniatures sale, and dancing under the tent. Saturday includes a session with a keynote speaker and a bid and bash sale with bidding on main gallery pieces, a sit-down dinner, and an artists' awards ceremony. Sunday a chuckwagon breakfast and a 90-minute quick draw with the artists. A spirited live auction of the quick draw pieces closes out the weekend.
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