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Steve Mason – 2013 TCAA Fellowship Recipient

2013 TCAA Fellowship recipient Steve Mason (High River, Alberta) spent four days with Cary Schwarz recently.

Here are Steve’s thoughts after the time at Cary’s shop in Idaho:

Time for another update on my TCAA Fellowship experience.

I have just returned home from 4 days spent with Cary Schwarz, 2 days of private instruction working on specific details and problem areas of saddle construction, and 2 days taking a floral design & carving course with 3 other students.

Cary’s is a first class teacher & human being. The hospitality he showed us was amazing, and with every question I asked, Cary gave a thoughtful and very informative answer.

One of the most inspiring things from the weekend was Cary’s true passion to improve his own craft. To see a craftsman of Cary’s caliber still working as hard as he can to make every saddle better than the last, was very inspirational and will help me to continue my never ending quest to improve my craft. And this should benefit the industry of makers as a whole to never stop trying to improve their work.

I would like the thank the TCAA for the amazing journey I am on with the fellowship.
And I would highly recommend any gearmaker out there to get your application in to the TCAA for next years fellowship, the applications need to get to Scott Hardy before the deadline of April 1. Whether you are a silversmith, bit & spur maker, braider or saddle maker, this is an opportunity of a lifetime to improve your craft.

Steve Mason
2014 TCAA Fellowship recipient.

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2nd Annual TCAA Emerging Artist Competition

We invite everyone to join us at High Noon Western Americana Antique Show and Auction at Mesa Convention Center, Mesa AZ. on Jan.25th and 26th, 2014. Please drop in and see the pieces and visit with the artists.

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Good Luck to all the participants of the 2nd Annual TCAA Emerging Artist Competition –

Braiders:

Jim Zollinger
Scott Gore
Graeme Quisenberry
Alan Bell
Whit Olson
Jack Armstrong

Bret Haskett
Donnie Chulufas

Bit and Spur Makers:

Doug Cook
Michael Titor
Brian Hochstrat
Shawn Bradstreet
Richard Brooks
Joshua Ownbey
Mathew Turner
Tommy Mock
Kim Parkey
Dominic Valine
Cory Trammel

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TCAA Emerging Artists’ Competition

Well it’s that time of year again for anyone wanting to apply for the 2018 Traditional Cowboy Arts Associations Emerging Artist Competition.  Again, it will be held at Brian Lebel’s High Noon Show & Auction, Mesa Convention Center 263N center Street, Mesa Arizona on January 20-21st 2018.

Entries closing date to August 31st
All applicants will be notified by September 15th

 

STARTING NOW

To further heighten participation and interest in the Emerging Artist Competition the TCAA’s proud to announce effective immediately significant changes to the competition:

CATEGORIES

TCAA will move from hosting 2 disciplines per year to spotlighting on 1.
January 2018 – Western Silversmiths

PRICE MONEY AND VALUE

The TCAA Emerging Artists’ Competition will now pay 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place!

First Place – $5000.00 value, cash and prizes ($2500 check, $2500 value for travel and hotel, Museum package to the Traditional Cowboy Arts Association Annual Exhibition & Sale at Cowboy Crossings held at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum Oklahoma City, Oklahoma).

The winner will not only enjoy the weekend festivities but also be introduced on stage during the opening night banquet.

Second Place- $1000.00 check.
Third Place- $500.00 check

Also Brian and Melissa Lebel award $500.00 for the Brian Lebel’s High Noon Peoples Choice

Award voted by the Public.

APPLICATIONS

Saddlemakers that have already applied for the competition your applications have been forwarded and you need not apply again. New applications are being accepted as of today, please follow application process on the TCAA Website. As before the Top 10 applicants will be excepted

Any Questions?

Contact Wilson Capron- wkcapron@gmail.com OR Scott Hardy- scott@scotthardy.com

The Traditional Cowboy Arts Association is excited to offer this revamped competition to the Cowboy trades! We believe by focusing on 1 discipline per year we can give participates more exposure to collectors, public and other Western Crafts people creating opportunity and growth in the industry.

TCAA Emerging Artists’ Competition Schedule

January 2017- Saddle Makers
January 2018- Western Silversmiths
January 2019- Rawhide Braiders
January 2020- Bit & Spur Makers

Here are bullet points of the application and Rules:

  • There is no official application form, simply email a complete bio with personal photo along with as many photos of recent work(make sure photos are of appropriate size so they are easy to see and under 1MB) as possible to both Wilson Capron – wkcapron@gmail.com or Scott Hardy- scott@scotthardy.com
  •  If you have applied before you can apply again.
  •  The top 10 in each category will be excepted

If you are accepted:

  • You are allowed 1(one) piece.
  •  You must personally deliver your work and be responsible for it during the event.
  •  The piece has to be at the TCAA booth by 10:00am on the date stated above
  •  This is a competition Not a Sales Event, the TCAA will not sell your work. We will not post prices but if there is interest in a piece, that is between the interested party and Craftsperson and should be done away from the display.
  •  The winners (1 in each discipline) will be announced at the beginning of Brian Lebel’s High Noon Auction.
  •  If you win you receive a check along with travel and hotel expenses to Cowboy Crossings Traditional Cowboy Arts Association exhibition and sale at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma in October. There you will be introduced on stage during the banquet.

Things to Remember:

  •  Although this is a competition the TCAA is trying to build community between Craftspeople, we believe the Emerging Artist weekend is a great opportunity for everyone to exchange ideas and form friendships both furthering their disciplines.
  •  TCAA members and Judges in attendance are all there on a volunteer basis to try to further Western Craftsmanship and camaraderie in the disciplines.
  •  Everyone in attendance is expected to be polite and professional – those who are not will be asked to leave.
  •  If you would like a critique of your work from the Judges that will be available but if you don’t ask it won’t be given.

Please come and enjoy!

Hotel accommodations – there are many in the area, here is the Host Hotel for the show (ask for High Noon Rate)

Phoenix Marriott Mesa
200N Centennial Way, Mesa, AZ
Phone 1-800-835-9873 or 480-898-8300