The National Cowboy Poetry Gathering is the nation’s greatest celebration of the American West, its people, culture and traditions. The 28th Gathering will take place January 30 to February 4, 2012, in Elko, Nevada.
Time to check out the opening in the Western Folklife Center’s Wiegand Gallery during the 28th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering, as the exhibition Southwest Ranch Country sheds light on the material and visual landscape of America’s ranching Southwest.
The artistry of the region is represented through the photography of Kurt Markus and Jay Dusard, and handcrafted gear of some of the region’s master craftsmen.
This event is on display January 24 – September 8, 2012, and the exhibition’s opening reception is Friday, February 3, from 3:15 to 5:30 pm.
During the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering, February 2-4, the gallery will feature slide shows and gallery tours by Jay Dusard and Arizona cowboy poet Ross Knox, and leatherwork demonstrations by master saddlemakers Don Butler, Bob Park and Andy Stevens.
For this exhibition, photographer Kurt Markus, of Kalispell, Montana, has selected some of his favorite images from visits to ranches in the American Southwest. These western photographs capture lives of tedium, isolation and communal living among majestic sweeping landscapes, and demonstrate Markus’ poetic sensibility combined with his realistic approach to image-making. His work cuts across many genres and he has exhibited and published widely, in this country and abroad. His books include After Barbed Wire, Buckaroo, Boxers, and Cowpuncher.This is the first time that Markus’ Southwest Cowpuncher photographs have been printed for exhibition.
Jay Dusard, of Douglas, Arizona, has meticulously photographed the landscape of the American West for 45 years, and has punched cows, off and on, for over 50 years. For this exhibition, the Western Folklife Center features his monumental-size portraits of working cowboys of the American Southwest. Jay still shoots large format film, and the resulting images have resulted in award-winning exhibitions and extensive publication, including his acclaimed first book, The North American Cowboy: A Portrait. During the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering, Jay will present slide shows and stories from his ongoing and extensive work in the rural West.
The renaissance of ranch-related craftsmanship is alive and well in the American Southwest, with these artists putting their unique stamp on an ever-evolving style. In addition to the photography of Markus and Dusard, this exhibition brings together some of the finest Southwest artists and the work they enjoy doing as either occupation or sideline.
Keith Basso, Rawhide Braider, Heber, Arizona
Jay Begay, Jr., Navajo Weaver, Tuba City, Arizona
Scott Brown, Saddlemaker & Violinmaker, Salt Lake City, Utah via Texas
Bobby Burns, Saddlemaker, Clayton, New Mexico
Dawson Byrne, Bootmaker & Leatherworker, Wickenburg, Arizona
Robert Campbell, Bit & Spurmaker, Amarillo, Texas
Wilson W. Capron, Bit and Spurmaker, Midland, Texas
Leland Hensley, Rawhide Braider, Meridian, Texas
Jay T. Hudson, Leatherworker and Silverworker, Hobbs, New Mexico
Gene Klein, Silversmith, Miami, New Mexico
Buddy Knight, Blacksmith & Silverworker, Marfa, Texas
Jerry Lansing, Navajo Weaver, Shiprock, New Mexico
George & Kelly Martin, Leatherworkers & Bootmakers, Animas, New Mexico
Sarah Natani, Navajo Artist, Window Rock, Arizona
Scott Farrell/O’Farrell Hat Company, Hatmaker, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Bob Park, Leatherworker, Phoenix, Arizona
Keith “Pee Wee” Peebles, Silversmith, Marathon, Texas
James Redman, Bootmaker, Mertzon, Texas
Alfred R. Reynolds, Master Bootmaker, Wickenburg, Arizona
Tom Paul Schneider, Silverworker, Pearce, Arizona
Bud Shaul, Leatherworker, Yarnell, Arizona
Edith Simonsen, Navajo Weaver, Window Rock, Arizona
Rachel Simmons, Leatherworker, Chino Valley, Arizona
Baru Spiller, Silverworker, Wingate, Texas
Dew Westover, Bootmaker, Vernon, Texas
Stewart Williamson, Silverworker & Bit & Spurmaker, Portales, New Mexico
Every January for the last 27 years, cowboys, ranchers, rural and urban people have traveled en masse to the small community of Elko, to join with friends, family and all those who share their love of rural life in the West.
Together, they listen to poetry and music, learn about cowboy culture in the U.S. and around the world, experience great art, watch western films, learn a craft, and gather together to eat, drink and swap stories. Programs at the 28th Gathering will focus on the southwestern United States, specifically Arizona and New Mexico—which are celebrating their centennials this year. In addition to the Southwest Ranch Country exhibition, the Gathering will present poets and musicians from the region, as well as workshops and panel discussions focused on regional food, culture and agriculture.
The Western Folklife Center, a regional nonprofit organization, produces the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering. Visit the www.westernfolklife.org for more information about the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering and the Southwest Ranch Country exhibition. Tickets to the 28th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering can be purchased at www.westernfolklife.org, by calling 775-738-7508, toll-free 888-880-5885, or by stopping in to the Western Folklife Center’s ticket office, 501 Railroad Street, Elko.
28th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering Performers
Mike Beck & the Bohemian Saints, Monterey, California
Baxter Black, Benson, Arizona
Dave Bourne, Agoura Hills, California
Jerry Brooks, Sevier, Utah
Clarence Carnal, Grand Junction, Colorado
Ken Cook, Martin, South Dakota
Doris Daley, Turner Valley, Alberta, Canada
Stephanie Davis, Columbus, Montana
John Dofflemyer, Lemon Cove, California
Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, Northern California
Rolf Flake, Gilbert, Arizona
Dick Gibford, New Cuyama, California
The Gillette Brothers, Crockett, Texas
Skip Gorman, Connie Dover & the Waddie Pals, Wyoming
DW Groethe, Bainville, Montana
Amy Hale Auker, Prescott, Arizona
R.W. Hampton, Cimarron, New Mexico
Carol Heuchan, Cooranbong, New South Wales, Australia
Yvonne Hollenbeck, Clearfield, South Dakota
Hot Club of Cowtown, Austin, Texas
Jess Howard, Wibaux, Montana
Tim Hus & The Rocky Mountain Two, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Ross Knox, Benson, Arizona
Marley’s Ghost, Mill Valley, California
Michael Martin Murphey & The Rio Grande Band featuring Pat Flynn, Pueblo, Colorado
Wally McRae, Forsyth, Montana
Waddie Mitchell, Twin Bridges, Nevada
Andy Nelson, Pinedale, Wyoming
Joel Nelson, Alpine, Texas
Rodney Nelson, Almont, North Dakota
Glenn Ohrlin, Mountain View, Arkansas
Vess Quinlan, San Acacio, Colorado
Henry Real Bird, Garryowen, Montana
Pat Richardson, Merced, California
Randy Rieman, Dillon, Montana
Ronstadt Generations, Tucson, Arizona
Martha Scanlan, Birney, Montana
Georgie Sicking, Kaycee, Wyoming
Sourdough Slim, Paradise, California
R.P. Smith, Broken Bow, Nebraska
Jay Snider, Cyril, Oklahoma
Dave Stamey, Orange Grove, California
Gail Steiger, Prescott, Arizona
Rod Taylor, Cimarron, New Mexico
Ian Tyson, Longview, Alberta, Canada
Dick Warwick, Oakesdale, Washington
Andy Wilkinson & Andy Hedges, Lubbock, Texas
Wylie & The Wild West, Conrad, Montana
Paul Zarzyski, Great Falls, Montana