ARt of the West

SAVE the DATE: “Art of the West” Sat. July 8, 2023

Join us for this gala reception and barbecue celebrating the opening of “Art of the West” featuring collections curated by Mehl Lawson and Mark Fehlman.  Live Auctions

Lovers Point by Tom Browning

Lovers Point by Tom Browning, from the Lawson collection

Art of the West exhibitions and auction opens Sat. July 8th with a gala reception, Western barbeque and auction at the Bonita Museum & Cultural Center located in San Diego, California. The exhibition, which runs from July 8 through August 19, is curated by local Western art collectors such as Mehl Lawson, Mark Fehlman and features artworks from San Diego County collectors.  Artists in the exhibition include Roy Anderson, Joe Bohler, Tom Browning, Marcia Burtt, Bruce Green, Ralph Love, Harry Jackson, Calvin Liang, Michael Malm, John Moyers, Terry Moyers, Bill Owen, Bob Pummill, Jim Reynolds, Jason Rich, Ray Roberts,Bob “Shoofly” Shufelt, Eric Sloan and Olaf Weighorst.  Live and silent auctions will feature art works by local artists and sculpture by Mehl Lawson. Bonita is home to Cowboy Artist of America and Traditional Cowboy Arts Association member Mehl Lawson who leads a paint-out in the Sweetwater Valley every May as well as passing on sculpture traditions to the next generation of artists.

Are you interested in being a sponsor of the event?: Art of the West sponsorship letter 3-22 nva (pdf)

Are you interested in donating an item/basket for the event? Art of the West silent auction form 2

You can also fill out the on-line donation form: link

The rural area of Bonita in San Diego County is home to many stables, horse trainers and trails.  The museum has documented the life of local animal lover and TV celebrity Joan Embery recreating her tack rooms as well as chronicling her life.  The Bonita Museum & Cultural Center has hosted several western art exhibitions and is excited to host Art of the West. During the past two years the museum raised funds to create a life size artist bronze of Mehl Lawson’s WR This Cats Smart which was installed outside of the museum.  WR’ was sculpted in the museum allowing the public to watch the process.  Since the installation in 2022, it has become a landmark in South San Diego County celebrating horse culture of the Sweetwater Valley.

The Art of the West exhibition dates from July 8 – August 19 will feature paint demonstrations as well walk throughs with local collectors.

More about the sculpture WR This Cats Smart:

San Diego Union Tribune article:

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4355 Bonita Rd.
Bonita, CA 91902, USA

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Art of the West exhibition, opening reception

Jason Rich "The Gather"

“The Gather” by Jason Rich, oil

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