27th an­nual Trap­pings of the Amer­i­can West Ex­hi­bi­tion and Sale

Wick­en­burg, AZ

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Fine and func­tional art of the West have been the cen­ter­pieces of Dry Creek Arts Fel­low­ship’s an­nual Trap­pings of the Amer­i­can West Ex­hi­bi­tion and Sale for the past 26 years. This year’s 27th edi­tion will con­tinue that tra­di­tion by fea­tur­ing new works by 80 of the coun­try’s lead­ing artists. On dis­play will be paint­ings, sculp­ture and pho­to­graphs along with con­tem­po­rary cow­boy gear such as sad­dles, boots, knives, hats, bits and spurs, hitched horse­hair and mu­si­cal in­stru­ments.

The show, on view Novem­ber 9 through De­cem­ber 1, moves to Desert Ca­balleros West­ern Mu­seum for the first time. There is a unique syn­ergy be­tween the event and the mu­seum, as their mis­sions align in showcasing the way of the West—past and present. “Trap­pings is the finest show of its kind in Ari­zona,” says Daniel M. Fin­ley, ex­ec­u­tive director of the mu­seum. “We are ex­cited to be host­ing it and our prox­im­ity to the Val­ley makes it much more ac­ces­si­ble to so many more peo­ple.”

When look­ing for a new venue for the show, Dry Creek Arts Fel­low­ship ex­ec­u­tive director Linda St­ed­man says they were lucky in find­ing an Ari­zona venue to con­tinue the legacy. “We didn’t have to move it out of state. I think that is some­thing; it’s an Ari­zona show and it has a his­tory here,” she says.

St­ed­man adds, “In 1985 there were four artists, with Joe Beeler be­ing one of them. The [Cow­boy Artists of Amer­ica] had al­ready started, which was only men and for paint­ings and bronzes. Beeler was con­cerned that his other friends in the ranch­ing busi­ness made won­der­ful things but no­body saw them be­cause there wasn’t a show for gear. [With this event there was] a changeover in the idea of that, yes, it’s a sad­dle, but maybe it’s a $50,000 sad­dle be­cause of the sil­ver and the en­grav­ings. It’s still a to­tally func­tional piece. The show has with­stood a pretty rough-and-ready fron­tier of time.”

Nearly 30 years later, the ex­hi­bi­tion not only boasts an ar­ray of work—such as boots by Paul Krause, beaded bags by Cathy Smith, leather­work by Bob Park and Car­son Thomas, and spurs by Larry Fue­gen —but also a se­ries of pub­lic pro­grams. Ev­ery Satur­day of the show—novem­ber 9, 16, 13 and 30— pan­els, demon­stra­tions and book sign­ings will take place. For in­stance, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. each Satur­day, Trap­pings artists will demon­strate their skills while an­swer­ing ques­tions about how they make their work. On Novem­ber 9, from 1 to 2:30 pm. Smith leads a dis­cus­sion on mak­ing cos­tumes for West­ern movies, while on Novem­ber 30, also from 1 to 2:30 p.m. is the roundtable dis­cus­sion “Spurs and other Talk­ing Iron.”

Kick­ing off Trap­pings of the Amer­i­can West is the Mem­ber Pre­view Sale and Artist Re­cep­tion on Novem­ber 8 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Dur­ing the open­ing, at­ten­dees have the first chance to pur­chase art­work and meet the par­tic­i­pat­ing artists.

Paul Krause, Hill­billy Hol­ly­wood boots, tooled leather, 12 x 10 x 7”

Cathy Smith, beaded bag, leather and beads, 8 x 4 x 4”

Bob Park, tooled leather purse, 10 x 6 x 5”

Car­son Thomas, ½-scale tooled leather sad­dle, 22 x 24 x 24”

Larry Fue­gen, Da­m­as­cus steel spurs, 6 x 5 x 6”

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