From the outside, The Museum of Western Art’s heavy timbers and rough limestone, designed by renowned southwestern architect O’Neil Ford, evoke the hulking beauty of a fortressed hacienda. The equally breathtaking interior draws the eye upward with 23 bóveda domes, and end-cut mesquite wood joins terra-cotta Saltillo tile floors in setting the stage for paintings, sculptures, and artifacts from and featuring the American West. The museum’s expansive 14,000-square-foot gallery space hosts artwork from modern-day brush wielders and pieces from its permanent collection, which boasts 150 sculptures, 250 paintings, and numerous artifacts. Bridging artwork from the old and the new West, the museum takes visitors on a thoughtful journey from historical paintings, such as works inspired by the artistic community in Taos, to modern-day depictions of bionic buffalo.The museum also educates the public with events, workshops, and lectures, and it encourages young artists with immersion programs at the Western Art Academy. A research library with more than 6,000 books and periodicals invites armchair buckaroos to stock up on snake oil, don hats of any liquid capacity, and embark on individual adventures into the art and culture of the American West.
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Pocketful of Poseys' expert team of quilt-makers stocks its 4,000-square-foot store with everything from fabrics to books. Customers consult with friendly staff on their projects before browsing novelty, floral, and '70s-era prints or sip on cups of freshly made Cajun-style coffee. Quilters grab Dan Morris's checkered What's Cookin fabric ($9.99/yard) for decorating kitchens with new placemats and tablecloths, or they design bedspreads with Yellow Brick Road quilt patterns ($8.69 each) and pure-cotton batting for twin-sized quilts ($19.49). Eight-panel skirt patterns ($14.69) feature four different designs, fostering the creation of simple yet playful makeshift dresses, and a quick-trim ruler ($16.69) allows precise measuring of shapes such as circles, triangles, and Grover Cleveland's mustache.
The resident smokehouse sages at Opa's Smoked Meats channel generations-old family recipes when concocting authentic German smoked-meat creations. Traditional smokehouse snacks such as beef and turkey jerky ($18.99) and dried sausage ($7.95/lb.) allow diners to sample tender cuts of meat without the hassle of finding a steak that cries at the end of Sleepless in Seattle. Spice up humdrum charcoal grills with jalapeño-cheese smoked sausage, which swaddles spicy peppers and aged cheddar cheese in a smoky overcoat ($4.69/lb.). Opa's whole smoked turkeys nicely complement a festive holiday feast ($2.89/lb.), and Oktoberfest celebrations are augmented with smoked boneless peppered hams ($4.79/lb.) stuffed into oversized beer steins.
Beckendorf Gallery houses a gargantuan selection of storied prints by Texan artist Charles Beckendorf, whose dedication to detailing the flora and fauna of his native state continues to entice art enthusiasts after his passing in 1996. Bluebonnets and Gulley-Stone House ($25) depicts a humble abode against a backdrop of verdant hills, trees, and cobalt fields, and Bald Eagle ($35) illustrates the impact the iconic bird had on Telly Savalas.