SAA’s 58th Annual At The James Museum of Western & Wildlife Art!
|The beautiful James Museum of Western & Wildlife Art|
|Artists and guest hanging out and having fun|
A favorite of the meal was the potato bar, where one filled a large martini glass with mashed potatoes and topped them from an assortment of delicious toppings, and it was as much fun to look at and make, as it was to eat!
|Sharon and John are quite pleased with their creations!|
Artists love to create, even when it comes to making a spuds martini!
|Lots to catch up on!|
|A wonderful bronze with a water feature in the permanent collection|
|A gorgeous setting for our artist reception|
After dinner, we headed upstairs to the gallery where the SAA exhibition was beautifully arranged! The docents were extremely friendly and knowledgeable about the museum and its art, including our show as well, making our experience even more memorable.
Then came the moment several of us had been waiting quite sometime for, as long-time member Janet Heaton, thought she had been asked to attend the dinner to announce Wes as the new executive director for the SAA, not knowing that the real reason was to present her with the SAA’s coveted Bott-Borghi-Bransom Animal Artist “Legacy Award, which is indeed a great honor! As you can imagine she was totally surprised and speechless!
|Janet is obviously very delighted!|
|This year's attending artists . . . a great looking crowd!|
|This year's happy award winners!|
On behalf of the SAA artists, guests and patrons, I would like to extend a BIG heartfelt Thank You to the James Museum as well as to Emily and the rest of the delightful staff for making this such an amazing weekend for the SAA!
Cheers! ~ Rachelle Siegrist