Thursday, January 14, 2010

The Artistry of Western Ranching Culture

January 25-March 11

Western Nevada College
College Gallery

Bristlecone Building

“The Lingo of Our Calling: The Legacy of Cowboy Poetry”
Artists Reception: Wednesday, January 27 | 4:30-5:30 pm

"'The Lingo of Our Calling' offers a glimpse into ranching culture of the rural West through the lens of cowboy poetry and related art forms.

The multimedia show features cowboy poetry, music and gear, paintings, photography, posters, and quilting. Short films featuring the art and work of contemporary ranchers offer insight into the culture from those who work the land.

From the time of the open range and trail drives to today’s ranching generation, cowboy poetry, storytelling and music have been a means of entertainment and communication. Because of their universal themes – friendship, loyalty, connection to place, loss, loneliness and change – these art forms have an appeal that reaches well beyond the culture from which it emanates."

Curated by the Western Folklife Center in Elko, and presented as part of the Nevada Arts Council’s Nevada Touring initiative.

Gallery Hours: Weekdays from 9 am - 8 pm
Saturday 10 am - 4 pm

[text and graphic from WNC press release. Caption: "'The Legend of Pecos Bill.' 1948. Harold Von Schmidt (1893-1982). Courtesy of the Museum of Texas Tech University.]


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