Monday, October 19, 2009

Cowboy Festival at Booth Western Art Museum

Blessing enough to be a cowboy or a poet. Baxter Black answers to both identities. In addition, he is a former large animal veterinarian, DVM. I guess that means horses and cows.

On National Public Radio, Cowboy-poet Black says things like, “Always drink upstream from the herd.” If you‘ve listened to his cowboy twang on NPR, you probably remember. He says he still doesn't own a television or a cell phone, and his idea of a modern convenience is Velcro chaps.

Black will be one of the featured artists at the 7th Annual Southeastern Cowboy Festival and Symposium at the the Booth Western Art Museum in Cartersville Thursday through Sunday, Oct. 22-25. His concert is scheduled at 7 p.m. Saturday Oct 24.

Featured Painter and sculptor Buck McCain, currently a resident of Santa Fe, will present a lecture Thursday at 7 p.m. on his artistic style and career highlights and will be available to sign copies of the official Festival & Symposium poster in the Museum Store afterwards. McCain will present an artist’s workshop from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday, October 23

Other highlights of the festival will include art lectures, cowboy and cowgirl singing, fast draw competitions, three performances of re-enactments of the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral, traditional Native American dances by the Big Mountain Family, and living history encampments with demonstrations of pioneer skills.

The Kids Corner of the Festival and Symposium will feature a variety of free activities: creating a slinky snake or a hand print horse, painting the “yard art” ponies, calf roping, and face painting. There will also be pony rides available for a small charge.

For detailed schedule, click here.

I have mentioned previously how much I love this museum. In case you missed it, click here. Directions: Via I-75, exit for Main Street, Cartersville. Signs downtown point the way.

Copyright 2009 by William C. Cotter

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