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Non-Profit Org. Permit #402 U.S. Postage Phoenix, AZ PA I D REST NOthe Weary for Mike Cassel begins SPRING 06 preparations for 41st Sale weekend M Splendid SAGUARO ike Cassel takes the reigns as chairman of the 41st Annual Cowboy Artists of America Sale & Exhibition, which will take place on Oct. 20, Men ’ s Arts Council 2006. By day, Cassel, a CPA, works as chief operating officer for Wick Pilcher Insurance. Mike and Connie Cassel make their home in Q: How did you come to lead the show for Moyers oil selected for 2006 poster Cave Creek, Ariz. the CA’s 41st year? Phoenix, Arizona 85004-1685 A: I have been actively involved with the CA J 1625 North Central Avenue ohn Moyers’ award- Find out just what led Cassel Sale for six years, and it just seems to be a winning oil, Caught in to leave the comfort of his natural progression to chair the event. the Open, will be the poster office for the chaos of I consider the opportunity to chair the CA image for the Cowboy www.caashow.org Sale a privilege and feel honored that the organizing one of the largest Men’s Arts Council asked me to take on Artists of America’s 41st Annual Sale & Exhibition. Western art shows around. this role. Moyers, who currently serves as president of the 48” x 34”. Courtesy of the artist. Q: How long have you been interested in Q: What do you like best about the Sale Buffalo Pony Prize, R.S. Riddick, 2005. Gouache on archival Arches museum mount, Western art? organization, won both the weekend? Gold in the oil category and A: I have always preferred Western art over A: I really enjoy the entire weekend and being the Western Art Associates’ other subject matter, but my involvement able to spend time with the CAs, patrons, Kieckhefer Award for Best with the CAA Sale has given me a much buyers and fellow MAC members. However, in Show for this painting deeper appreciation of Western art and the the couple of hours that surround the actual last year. artists who create it. I am fascinated by the Sale on Friday night is probably my favorite For Moyers, this piece history of the American West, and each part. You can feel the excitement in the air developed differently from piece of Western art provides a glimpse and the anticipation as we open the doors to Caught in the Open, John Moyers, 2005. Oil on linen, 36" x 72". Courtesy of the artist. how he usually works. He of that history. the exhibit and progress through the final was inspired by the majestic saguaros in the choice. Linen is just one material from which Q: How long have you served on the CA sounding of the horn. Saguaro National Park in Southern Arizona. artists’ canvases are made. committee? Q: Looking ahead, what do you envision for “I lean toward the thicker canvas,” he A: I have been involved for six years, and this “I started wanting to paint all the reveals. “I just like the rougher texture. your Sale weekend? coming Sale will mark my seventh. vertical lines of the cactus and then Moyers, who has been with the CAA for A: I envision another great CA Sale in 2006. developed a story out of that,” he more than 10 years, is delighted to have his Q: Do you and Connie collect? If so, whose Our committee will work hard to make enhancements to our current activities that says. “It’s backwards from the way I first poster. pieces do you own? usually do it – I built the painting “It’s an honor to even be considered,” he will improve the overall experience for A: No, my wife and I would not be considered around the cactus.” - John Moyers says. “It’s great.” everyone involved. We feel the CA Sale at collectors. We have picked up a few pieces Phoenix Art Museum is one of the premier over the years and recently acquired bronzes The painting depicts a lone horseman who To purchase this poster, western art sales in the world, and we by John Coleman and Bill Nebeker. This art spots some Apache on the horizon and starts call Call Kelly Whitton at strive towards having all who attend feel collecting can become infectious, and we his getaway. plan to add pieces gradually over the next the same way. Caught in the Open is painted on a linen 602.307.2207 or Ruth Kaspar few years. You can reach Mike Cassel at canvas, which is often Moyers’ material of at 602.252.8382. email@example.com. The Brand of Distinction The Brand of Distinction cowboyartistsofamerica.com Collecting CA News ART I Not just a pastime of the wealthy f you’ve ever roamed the halls of a gallery, museum or art sale and thought that owning those treasures It also helps to work with reputable galleries and dealers. Their role is to filter out the inferior art and provide a selection of high- Mike and Sheila Ingram with CA Martin Grelle at the Overland Gallery INTERVIEW WITH A COLLECTOR Mike Ingram of El Dorado Jackson shows. We do really enjoy the CA show and the artists and learning Herb Mignery Wins NSS Honor Herb Mignery was awarded the National Sculpture Society’s Gold Medal and Maurice B. Hexter Prize at the 72nd Annual Exhibition Awards in New York last December. The NSS is the oldest organization for professional sculptors in the United States. Mignery is a fellow of the NSS. Mignery’s winning bronze, Arapaho Dancer, measures 28 by 12 inches and depicts an Arapaho man in native dress was for someone else – someone quality pieces, which simplifies the process for Holdings, a long-time more about them. performing a “crazy dance” with the with a much larger bank account – think again. first-timers and seasoned collectors alike. And supporter of the Cowboy Crazy Society of the Arapaho.“The Crazy “Absolutely anyone can start their own many galleries will let you trade in pieces down Artists of America and Q: Which CAs are your favorites? Society was made up of older warriors, and collection,” insists Christine Mollring, art the road should your tastes change as your consultant and former owner of Trailside collection grows. collector of their artwork, A: Oh boy, oh boy. It really is hard to pick. they performed crazy, wild dances,” says We have eight or 10 of Martin Grelle’s Mignery. “You might call them entertainers Galleries. “You just have to buy things within Mollring also suggests developing a well- shares how he began pieces, as well as work by Bruce more than anything – they were comedians your budget.” rounded collection over time. “Try to collect the building his own collection Greene and Bill Owen. We have more essentially.” But how do you shake off the intimidation of best examples within your budget of what you decades ago into the 200- than 200 pieces in all, which includes glaringly white walls and echoing galleries? like,” she says. Education is the key. The first step in making Three-dimensional art always complements plus piece showstopper work by CAs and other artists. Upcoming Trail Ride yourself the proud owner of fine art is to learn paintings, and coupling pieces by living artists it is today. The CAs soon will be dusting off their hats Herb Mignery’s bronze, Arapaho Dancer, won the NSS’s Q: What does your collection contain? and shining their boots in preparation for Gold Medal and Maurice B. Hexter Prize last December. about what you like. Mollring recommends with those by deceased ones further improves a A: Most of the work is by CAs. We have reading as much as you can about whatever has collection. Q: How long have you been collecting the 2006 Trail Ride in June. Watch for photos and stories from some pieces by deceased artists, but Once you have made the commitment to Western art? The host ranch is the Double RL in the Trail Ride in the Summer issue of most are by contemporary artists. We the newsletter. “Absolutely ANYONE can begin a collection, make sure to do your due A: Well, I’ve been collecting for 30 years – Western Colorado, which belongs to none have paintings and bronzes, including diligence before you make a purchase. The most I bought prints in the 1960s and 1970s other than fashion magnate Ralph Lauren. some Colemans. We keep a lot of our start their own collection” common mistake that people make when purchasing art is going into it too quickly and before I could afford originals, and I have bought originals for the past 10 to collection scattered around in our This 16,000-acre ranch in the San Juan SPONSORSHIP homes in Phoenix, Prescott, Montana Mountains near Ridgeway will be the insists Christine Mollring, buying something without proper education. 15 years. I have really gotten into it in and New Mexico. We are not as setting for the CA’s annual trek. AVAILABLE Another pitfall is just collecting stuff, without the past 15 years. ART CONSULTANT considering the collection as a whole and fortunate as Eddie Basha to have a gallery. The Trail Ride has special significance for the CA family because it is the It’s not too late to be a sponsor for and former owner of thinking through a potential purchase. Mollring says that is where art consultants, like her, Q: Why does Western art appeal to you? A: Well, the West is part of my time each year when they come together to the 41st Annual Sale & Exhibition Q: Was anyone key in inspiring you to reconnect as a group, renew their creativity and help keep Western TRAILSIDE GALLERIES. come in. Especially if you are planning to spend a lot of money on a collection, it helps to have a background. That’s where my heart is. A lot of Americans like to identify with the start your collection? and have some fun, cowboy style. representational art alive for A: I was probably inspired by Eddie “You just have to BUY little guidance. history of the West. You find a lot of that Basha’s collection. He said that you future generations. Call Kelly THINGS within your “I firmly believe that people should buy in Western art, as well as the current West and the lifestyle of the ranch just have to get started. I don’t know SAVE the DATE Whitton at 602.307.2207 or Ruth what they love,” concludes Mollring. “It should exactly how he said it, but he told me Mark your calendar now for the Kaspar at 602.252.8382 to BUDGET.” give you a buzz.” that you just start with a piece and an 41st Annual find out more about 06 Q: How long have you been attending the artist you really like. You start slowly, Cowboy Artists of America sponsorship opportunities. Cowboy Artists of America sale? and then as you go on collecting, it caught your eye. If you have Internet access, A: I’d say I’ve been going for probably the Sale & Exhibition becomes something you get caught up at Phoenix Art Museum. you can search for biographies of artists and past eight or 10 years. in and enjoy. Some say it is a disease, auction records to give you a frame of reference Sale Weekend: Oct. 20 - 21, 2006 Keeping Current but I wouldn’t say that. Eddie inspired Exhibition: Oct. 21 – Nov. 19, 2006 for pricing. Q: How many CAA pieces do you own? me as much as anything. We saw his If you have a change of address or know Host Hotel: The Ritz-Carlton, Phoenix someone who would like to be added to the Mollring advises visiting art centers, like A: Oh golly, probably 15 or 20 that we For more information, collection in his home before he those in Santa Fe and Jackson Hole, going to bought at the CA show. We have Call Kelly Whitton at 602.307.2207 or mailing list, Call Kelly Whitton at 602.307.2207 opened his gallery, and that really or Ruth Kaspar at 602.252.8382. art auctions and attending shows, such as the bought others because we also go to Ruth Kaspar at 602.252.8382. motivated me. Cowboy Artists of America Sale. This will help the Prix de West, Autry, Russell and educate the eye for those wishing to expand Longtime CA supporter Eddie Basha houses his art collection in the Zelma Basha Salmeri Gallery of Western American and Native their collections. American Art.
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