Opening on June 10 at the San Antonio Art League and Museum, A Wildcatter’s Dream: Art, Oil and Wildflowers, is a major exhibit of the Art League’s foundational Davis Collection.  The complete Davis Collection has rarely been exhibited in its entirety.  The Davis Competitions – from 1927, 1928 and 1929 – were among the most significant cultural events in Texas during the formative years of the 20th century and were instrumental in forging the state’s emerging art community, catapulting Texas into the national limelight.

“Wildcatter Weekend” begins on June 8 with an invitational preview reception from 6:00-9:00 p.m.  The preview reception offers patrons the opportunity to see the full collection and the privilege to hear William Reeves, author of the 1998 book Texas Art and a Wildcatter’s Dream: Edgar B. Davis and the San Antonio Art League, speak about the Davis Collection, which includes paintings by such important artists as Jose Arpa, Dawson Dawson-Watson, Xavier Gonzalez, Edward G. Eisenlohr, and Oscar E. Berninghaus and Herbert Dunton, the latter two being among the founding members of the Taos Society of Artists. 

Preview reception attendees will also have the opportunity to participate in a silent auction to bid on “A Little Piece of Texas,” artworks by Lyn Belisle, Sylvia Benitez, Ruth Burick, Sallie Stanley Carter, Lynn Maverick Denzer, Vikki Fields, Sonja Harris, Francis Huang, Billy Keen, Tim McMeans, Elizabeth Payne, Terry Gay Puckett, Lee Ricks, Steve Smith, Anne Brennan Vela, E. Gordon West and Nancy Wood.

Tickets for the preview reception on June 8, which includes food, wine, music and a complimentary exhibition catalog, are $60.00 per person and can be purchased online at 

A Wildcatter’s Dream: Art, Oil and Wildflowers opens to the public on Sunday, June 10, with a reception from 3:00-5:00 p.m.  The exhibit will continue through July 30.

The San Antonio Art League & Museum is located at 130 King William Street across from King William Park, and open to the public free of charge Tuesday-Saturday from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.  Donations are welcome.  For more information call 210-223-1140 or visit

- Lyn Belisle, SAALM President