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KEY-MAGLook for us in OKC! Featured this month in KEY Magazine (placed in 6000 hotel rooms) the art of the CAA and TCAA during the month of November, the same month OKC hosts the American Quarter Horse Association World Championship Show and the National Reining Horse Association Futurity.

Head over to the Cowboy museum and see the exhibit!

Braidie Butters

And Our First Award Goes To…

Braidie-smallBraidie Butters began working in her Dad’s spur shop learning how to complete basic tasks in 2008. In June of 2009 she learned her first bright cut engraving in Folsom New Mexico from good friend Bill Lusk. From that point on Braidie was hooked on engraving. A few months later she took the basic bright cut engraving class offered by the TCAA in Oklahoma City where she was inspired to learn more about engraving and silversmithing.

Braidie now lives in Dalhart Texas where she runs B. Butters Silver creating custom designs and silverwork.

McKateeMcKatee_2Mckatee Mason of Weiser Idaho working in Ernie Marsh’s shop learning the process of bit making. In the second shot Mckatee is sawing out a set of cheek pieces for the bit using the bandsaw, the other shows her hand filing the beveled edges of the cheek piece. As Ernie jokingly says.. it’s a challenge to make that sound very exciting.. But we think it’s awesome!

The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum is pleased to announce the acquisition of an important saddle made in 2009 by Chuck Stormes with saddle silver by John Ennis. Stormes, of Millarville, Canada, is a founding member of the Traditional Cowboy Arts Association and is celebrating his 50th year as a saddlemaker – a remarkable achievement. The Collections Committee of the Museum’s Board of Directors approved this purchase with the express purpose of exhibiting the saddle in the reinstallation of the Museum’s fine art gallery in April of 2013. This Mother Hubbard saddle, with its flowing floral stamping and exquisitely engraved silver conchas, will be presented as functional art shown side-by-side with the works of Howard Terpning, Alan Houser and other celebrated contemporary Western artists. This acquisition is also indicative of the desire by the Board of Directors to actively pursue such important expressions of contemporary Western functional art.