January 9th: First Tuesday

Guest Speaker: Bill Nebeker, CA

Bill Nebeker standing in front of his monument sculpture

"If Horses Could Talk"

Living on the Long Meadow Ranch near Prescott, Arizona, as a young boy and watching his working cowboy father filled Bill’s life with horses, cattle, roundups and brandings. The historic stories of the local Yavapai tribal traditions and raids on the nearby American Ranch stage stop developed his imagination about the Native Americans, their culture, weapons and ceremonies. Whether his art depicts cowboys working cattle, cutting or roping horses, wildlife, outlaws, famous lawmen, or Indigenous tribal cultures, those who see Nebeker’s sculptures can almost smell, feel and sense the emotions of the historic stories he retells in bronze.

As a member of the Cowboy Artists of America since 1978, Nebeker is now the senior active member. Recognized as one of the preeminent sculptors of the horse and cowboy, his personal legacy passed down from his father and working experiences with cowboys, give his sculptures the real flavor of life in the Old West, as well as today’s contemporary ranching and livestock industries.

In August 2020, Bill's 5,000-pound, 15-foot bronze, "If Horses Could Talk", was unveiled at the Deep Well Ranch Road/Highway 89N roundabout near the new entrance to Prescott’s airport. In 2022, Nebeker was commissioned to sculpt an eight-foot-tall bronze portrait of Prescott’s own WWI fighter pilot hero, Ernest A. Love. Love grew up in Prescott and was shot down and killed in the skies over France. Nebeker’s sculpture will stand in front of the new terminal at the Prescott Regional Airport, overlooking the Ernest A. Love Field. The bronze will be completed and installed in 2024.

Nebeker’s bronze sculptures are in the permanent collections of the Booth Western Art Museum; Briscoe Western Art Museum; Cheyenne Old West Museum; Desert Caballeros Museum; Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art; Museum of Western Art in Kerrville, Texas; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Palm Springs Art Museum; Pearce Museum at Navarro College; Phippen Western Art Museum; and Phoenix Art Museum.


Doors open at 5:30 p.m.
Buffet dinner at 6 p.m.

Menu

Sweet Italian Sausages
Chicken Cacciatore
Mushroom Campanelle
Italian Bread
Focaccia Garlic Bread

FWA Members $60
Non-FWA Members $75


Presentation Only:

Join us from 7 – 8 p.m.

Includes presentation, coffee/tea, and light desserts.

FWA Members $20
Non-FWA Members $35


Payment must be included with all reservations to guarantee your spot. Reservation deadline is Tuesday, January 2, 2024 at noon.

There are no refunds if you are unable to keep your reservation.

To cancel, please call (520) 907-2885 or email info@friendsofwesternart.org

Venue Info: 6400 E El Dorado Plaza Tucson, AZ 85715

January 9th:
First Tuesday

Guest Speaker:
Bill Nebeker, CA

Bill Nebeker standing in front of his monument sculpture

"If Horses Could Talk"

Living on the Long Meadow Ranch near Prescott, Arizona, as a young boy and watching his working cowboy father filled Bill’s life with horses, cattle, roundups and brandings. The historic stories of the local Yavapai tribal traditions and raids on the nearby American Ranch stage stop developed his imagination about the Native Americans, their culture, weapons and ceremonies. Whether his art depicts cowboys working cattle, cutting or roping horses, wildlife, outlaws, famous lawmen, or Indigenous tribal cultures, those who see Nebeker’s sculptures can almost smell, feel and sense the emotions of the historic stories he retells in bronze.

As a member of the Cowboy Artists of America since 1978, Nebeker is now the senior active member. Recognized as one of the preeminent sculptors of the horse and cowboy, his personal legacy passed down from his father and working experiences with cowboys, give his sculptures the real flavor of life in the Old West, as well as today’s contemporary ranching and livestock industries.

In August 2020, Bill's 5,000-pound, 15-foot bronze, "If Horses Could Talk", was unveiled at the Deep Well Ranch Road/Highway 89N roundabout near the new entrance to Prescott’s airport. In 2022, Nebeker was commissioned to sculpt an eight-foot-tall bronze portrait of Prescott’s own WWI fighter pilot hero, Ernest A. Love. Love grew up in Prescott and was shot down and killed in the skies over France. Nebeker’s sculpture will stand in front of the new terminal at the Prescott Regional Airport, overlooking the Ernest A. Love Field. The bronze will be completed and installed in 2024.

Nebeker’s bronze sculptures are in the permanent collections of the Booth Western Art Museum; Briscoe Western Art Museum; Cheyenne Old West Museum; Desert Caballeros Museum; Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art; Museum of Western Art in Kerrville, Texas; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Palm Springs Art Museum; Pearce Museum at Navarro College; Phippen Western Art Museum; and Phoenix Art Museum.


Doors open at 5:30 p.m.
Buffet dinner at 6 p.m.

Menu

Sweet Italian Sausages
Chicken Cacciatore
Mushroom Campanelle
Italian Bread
Focaccia Garlic Bread

FWA Members $60
Non-FWA Members $75


Presentation Only:

Join us from 7 – 8 p.m.

Includes presentation, coffee/tea, and light desserts.

FWA Members $20
Non-FWA Members $35


Payment must be included with all reservations to guarantee your spot. Reservation deadline is Tuesday, January 2, 2024 at noon.

There are no refunds if you are unable to keep your reservation.

To cancel, please call (520) 907-2885 or email info@friendsofwesternart.org

Venue Info: 6400 E El Dorado Plaza Tucson, AZ 85715