Western & Heritage Art Show And Sale’s Artful Endeavors
By Shannon Miller Turner
Photography By Paul Garcia
THE SCENE: Oils, watercolors, etchings and sculptures beckoned western art aficionados to Western & Heritage Art Show and Sale held this past January in the aptly-named Lonesome Dove room of San Antonio’s Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center. Over 300 pieces of original Southwestern art were available for purchase for one night only. This year’s event also marked the first time that a group of featured artists was selected to showcase a limited number of works prior to the sale. Nationally-recognized notables such as San Antonio native son Raul Gutierrez and Clay McGaughy participated as well as additional favorites Lee Alban, Beth Eidelberg, Becky Rogers and Kraig Kiedrowsky to name a few.
THE VIBE: Delectable Texas culinary delights courtesy of the RK Group ensured a perfect evening as guests dined and danced to the boot-scootin’ tunes of The Countrymen. The cascading fountains of the convention center courtyard drew guests outside to further enhance a night already overflowing with artistry and beauty. Guests choosing to stay indoors were treated to a “Hill Country Casino” in the Lonesome Dove Grotto and a raffle complete with various sports and destination packages.
THE CAUSE: Since the inaugural Alamo Kiwanis Club’s Western & Heritage Art Show and Sale held in 1964, which featured nine Remington bronzes on loan from the Amon Carter Museum in Fort Worth, over $2.5 million has been raised for local children’s charities and this year’s sale raised over $140,000.