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Mike Cassel begins                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                SPRING 06
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41st Sale weekend

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             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
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                                                                                                                                                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.
                                                      mcassel@wickpilcherins.com.

                        The Brand of Distinction                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The Brand of Distinction

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                   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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