Briscoe Western Art Museum Presents Annual Sale And Exhibition
By Jake Gaines Photography by Mark Humphries Photography and Sun Gold 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 75 of the country’s leading contemporary western artists. This year was no different as The Night of Artists event and weekend of festivities were hosted on the banks of the iconic San Antonio River Walk. Attendees were also able to enjoy panel discussions exploring the emerging western art market and trends.
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 included Martin Grelle, George Hallmark, Z.S. Liang, Kenny McKenna, Jan Mapes, Don Oelze, Gladys Rolden de Moras, Paul Rhymer, Stefan Savides, Billy Schenck, Michael Ome Untiedt, Kim Wiggins, and Xiang Zhang.
The opening weekend included a Collectors Summit panel discussion, a VIP preview and a live auction on Friday. The live auction drew art sales of more than $551,000. Then, on Saturday, the fun continued with the Collectors Summit, a trunk show with Clint Orms, the Artists Awards Luncheon, and the opening of the Night of Artists Exhibition and “Luck of the Draw” sale. Delicious food stations, libations, and live music under the stars rounded out the night. The museum’s public exhibition continued with all unsold artwork available for purchase.
THE PURPOSE: The Night of Artists is the largest fundraiser for the Briscoe Western Art Museum, and this year raised $1.9 million, with the proceeds benefitting the museum. 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.