Masters of the American West Showcased at Pearce Museum

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Why Western Art Still Speaks to Americans’ Souls. The Pearce Museum in Corsicana, Texas hosts the Western Artists of America Seventh Annual Show and Sale. Forty master artists and sculptors will participate in the auction that benefits the museum and features cowboys and cowgirls, Native American children, elders and warriors, mountain men, western landscapes, rodeo and more.

Master Artist Ed Copley's Stage Stop - oil on canvas -

Western Art continues to be a popular investment

Western art is riding high in the saddle as Texas welcomes the master artists of Western Artists of America (WAA) for their Seventh Annual Show and Sale at The Pearce Museum. Forty of the world’s best artists and sculptors feature our Western heroes with the integrity, strength of spirit, and moral character that is an integral part of our Western heritage. Art lovers and art collectors will view the American West, in all its splendor: cowboys and cowgirls, Native American children, elders and warriors, rodeo, western landscapes, mountain men, buffalo, stagecoaches and more. If those rugged images excite you, then this is just the spot for you on January 28 through January 29, 2011 in Corsicana, Texas (just south of Dallas/Fort Worth).

“We are delighted to host the seventh annual Western Artists of America (WAA) Show and Sale here at the Pearce Museum, on the campus of Navarro College,” said Holly Beasley, curator of the Pearce Museum. “It is a wonderful opportunity, not only for the museum, but also for the community. While the museum is just south of Dallas/Fort Worth, an event of this caliber will surely put Corsicana on the cultural map and bring a higher level of prestige to the Pearce Museum.”

Prices for the most desirable works by contemporary artists are set to surge as much as 30 percent as collectors spend again, dealers and advisers predicted in a recent Bloomberg News 2010 survey.

“Western Art continues to be a popular investment,” said Ed Holmes, president of Western Artists of America. “Many of our WAA artists have long resumes and price points that are attractive to collectors of fine art.”

The WAA Show & Sale has two days of events that include a Friday (Jan. 28) lecture with master painter Jay Hester on oil painting and also a lecture with master sculptor Keith McMasters on bronze sculpture. Friday night is the exciting Art Auction from 6 – 8 PM. On Saturday (Jan. 29) the WAA offers a great autograph party to meet the artists followed by an Artists’ Quick Draw Competition where WAA artists mentor college art students with all proceeds going to the Pearce Museum. The WAA event wraps up on Saturday night with the gala Western Artists of America Awards Dinner hosted by Bob Boze Bell of True West Magazine.

“Several members of WAA have artwork within the Pearce Museum permanent collection. This event will give us the chance to meet other western artists through whom we can expand our collection,” added Beasley.

About Western Artists of America
Headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona, Western Artists of America is an organization formed in 2000 for the purpose of promoting the talents of professional fine artists specializing in the genre of cowboy, Native American, pioneer, cattle and horse subjects with backgrounds appropriate to the subject matter. Formed to showcase the talents of the many qualified fine western artists of today irrespective of gender, the more seasoned members seek out up and coming talent who exhibit a high interest in the western genre for mentoring. These artists’ works are showcased in an annual event sponsored by a national art museum. The Pearce Museum on the Navarro College campus in Corsicana, Texas will host the 2011 show and sale for the WAA. Website:
About The Pearce Museum at Navarro College
Our mission is to preserve, collect, and interpret the history of the American Civil War and the art of the American West.

The Pearce Museum at Navarro College is divided into two distinct exhibit areas. The Civil War Gallery is an interactive experience designed to give the visitor a humanistic overview of the Civil War, including issues, causes, battles, leaders, plight of the common soldier, the home front, and the aftermath. There are currently more than 15,000 items in the Civil War collection, while less than five percent are on display at any one time. The Western Art Gallery features two- and three-dimensional works of art depicting many aspects of the historical and contemporary Western experience including cowboys, Indians, settlers, and pioneers. There are 228 works in the Western Art collection with not quite fifty percent of those pieces on exhibit at any one time. The Pearce Museum - Navarro College - 3100 W. Collin Street - Corsicana, TX 75110 - 903-875-7642 Website:


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