Brian Lebel’s High Noon Auction, Mesa AZ.(January 23-24, 2016) was once again the setting for the 4th annual TCAA Emerging Artists’ Competition.This year featured Bit & Spur Makers along with Rawhide Braiders.


The weekend kicked off Friday afternoon with a meet and greet with TCAA members and fellow participants. Saturday morning the TCAA judges did their jobs and at 1:00pm each discipline had a 3 hour open forum discussion with TCAA members covering everything from Technical, Artistic and Business aspects of their trades. As all this was happening the public were viewing and voting on the 1st annual Peoples Choice Award. At 5:00pm on the High Noon Auction main stage the TCAA Judges announced and invited up the winners of the two disciplines along with the Peoples Choice, introducing them to the crowd.

High_Hoon_2016_02The TCAA winners each received a $2000.00 cash award along with an expense paid trip(valued also at $2000.00) to the annual Traditional Cowboy Arts Exhibition and Sale in conjunction with Cowboy Crossings at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, OKlahoma. Where they will not only enjoy the opening weekend festivities but will be introduced on stage banquet night! The peoples choice award was $500.00 in each category.

High_Hoon_2016_03Sunday morning the participants had  the choice of a private critique of their piece with the TCAA judges or visiting amongst themselves. At 3:00pm everyone said Good Bye to old and new found friends before heading for home.

A Big Thank You goes out to TCAA friends and sponsors-

  • Brian and Melissa Lebel- Old West Events
  • Alan and Nadine Levin
  • Greg Braddock
  • Bill Welch of Cowboy Legacy Gallery

Also the Traditional Cowboy Arts Association members who gave up bench and family time to attend, judge and mentor-

  • Nate Wald TCAA President
  • Wilson Capron TCAA Vice President
  • Leland Hensley
  • Ernie Marsh
  • Scott Hardy

High_Hoon_2016_04Last but certainly not least Congratulation to all the Emerging Artists for your efforts in attending and creating such nice pieces, you should all be very proud! It was a pleasure to meet and visit with all of you.

High_Hoon_2016_05And Yes I know WHO WON!!!!! Congratulations to Bit & Spurmaker, Kain Garcia, Lipan Texas and Rawhide Braider, Graeme Quisenberry, Higley Arizona who both not only won the TCAA award but also the Peoples Choice award.

See you all next year for the Emerging Artist Competition featuring Western Silversmithing along with Saddlemakers.

TCAA Founding Member

Scott Hardy