The National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame, the only museum of its kind dedicated to honoring women of the American West, opens their newest exhibit, Tough by Nature this Thursday. The exhibit features 'Portraits of Cowgirls and Ranch Women of the American West,' by artist, Lynda Lanker and will run through Sept. 9, 2013. Like many of the pieces in the Museum, Lynda's portraits reveal the ruggedness, beauty, and cultural tradition of ranch life and the resilience, character, and quiet strength of the extraordinary women.
Eight of the 49 women featured in the exhibition are in the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame, and nine of the 49 women are from Texas, including Vicki Bass (pictured right) of Fort Worth, an avid competitor on the rodeo and cutting horse circuits.
Artist, Lynda Lanker, who currently resides in Eugene, Oregon, has traveled for 19 years through 13 western states sketching, painting, interviewing, and photographing “matriarchs of the West,” women who play the essential roles of hardworking ranchers, mothers, cowgirls, wives, and homemakers. She is committed to preserving their heritage and stories before more of their ranches are overtaken by urban and corporate development.
You can visit the Museum Tuesday through Saturday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m and on Sunday: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. Like the other museums in the Fort Worth Cultural District, the Cowgirl Museum only operates on Mondays during the Fort Worth STock Show and Rodeo and in the summer. Admission: Adults (13+): $10; Seniors (60+): $8; Children 4–12: $8; Children 3 and under: free with paid adult. Cultural District covered parking: $5.