Posts by Michael J. Nicola

When Craft Becomes Art

Author, playwright, and critic Anthony Burgess once said, “Art begins with craft, and there is no art until the craft has been mastered.” Since men like Russell and Remington started coming West more than 150 years ago, paint and clay have depicted the life of the North American cowboy and his surroundings. However, in the shadows was another breed of artist: the saddle maker, rawhide braider, silversmith, and bit and spur maker. This work was rarely recognized as a work of art by anyone other than the working cowboy. The pieces in the annual Traditional Cowboy Arts Association (TCAA) Exhibition
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