Briscoe Western Art Museum Presents 18TH Annual Sale And Exhibition

By Jake Gaines          Photography by Super Q Photography

 THE SETTING: Each year the Briscoe Western Art Museum draws art enthusiasts, collectors and visitors for an opportunity to view and purchase nearly 300 works of painting, sculpture and mixed media from 80 of the country’s top western artists. This year was no different as the weekend of festivities was hosted on the banks of the iconic San Antonio River Walk. Attendees were able to enjoy an exciting live auction on Friday night, a panel discussion exploring the emerging western art market and trends on both Friday and Saturday, and a wall sale complete with live music on Saturday evening.

THE STYLE: The wide range of artworks and artist genres reflects the vastness of the great American West. From scenic landscapes, inspired Native Americans, and classic cowboys to stunning wildlife and detailed portraiture, there is something for every attendee and art enthusiast to enjoy. Some of the featured artists include John Coleman, John DeMott, C. Michael Dudash, Martin Grelle, George Hallmark, Z.S. Liang, Mark Maggiori, Jan Mapes, Billy Schenck, Kim Wiggins and Xiang Zhang.

 The opening weekend included a VIP preview, Artist Awards banquet and live auction on Friday with the second annual Briscoe Collectors Summit at the Hotel Contessa. The grand exhibition opening, art sale and reception then happened on Saturday where the memorable evening included the Luck of the Draw art sale, where all works of art are available for purchase. Delicious food stations, libations and live music under the stars from Mickey and The Motorcars rounded out the night. The museum’s public exhibition continued with all unsold artwork available for purchase.

THE PURPOSE: The Night of Artists, chaired this year by Nicole and Rob McLane, is the largest fundraiser for the Briscoe Western Art Museum with all the proceeds benefitting the museum’s programming and mission. The Briscoe Western Art Museum is a collections-based institution building upon art and artifacts that tell the vast and multifaceted story of the American West.