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Floral Design & Carving Workshop with Cary Schwarz at the Gathering

Cary Schwarz stamped leather sample

“The practice of LEATHER STAMPING transfers artistic designs from the maker’s imagination to a blank slate of leather. FLORAL designs are the most common and popular style of stamping among saddlers. An infinite variety of floral patterns are possible, replete with vines, stems, leaves, acorns, and other fillers. Floral patterns are stamped with an assortment of tools, each providing a particular result that, when seen together, produce the complete image.”

Excerpt from Tools of the Trade:
The Creak of Leather –Know How
,
Western Folklife Center Back at the Ranch online exhibition.

At the 35th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering, we’re inviting practicing leatherworkers – intermediate experience and above – to open new avenues of creativity and improve their floral carving designs in a three-day workshop! Veteran leatherworkers and sophomores alike are sure to glean new information. Students must bring their own stamping tools, sketch pad, pencil, eraser, and an open mind.

Workshop for the Practicing Craftsman!
January 28 – 30, 2019  9:00am – 5:00pm

Elko Convention Center – Gold Room
$350

Photo courtesy of Cary Schwarz

With decades of teaching experience, including at the Traditional Cowboy Arts Association Saddlemaking Workshop at the Association’s annual Exhibition & Sale in October, Cary Schwarz’ hands-on, demo-laden approach will provide ways of making design a habit, with an eye toward saving time while elevating the craftwork.

Day one focuses on “how” and “what” to draw, using artistic elements of balance, ratio, variety, composition and negative space, and exploring “gesture drawing,” building off Kimon Nicolaides’ 1938 book, The Natural Way to Draw (which will be mailed to workshop participants in December).

Schumer stamping detail, courtesy of Cary Schwarz

Days two and three focus on carving, swivel knife techniques and thoughtful tool selection. And Cary Schwarz will email each participant a daily drawing assignment for 30 days after the class to help everyone “stay the trail!” Students may also choose to bring a small project of their own to work on.

Cary Schwarz, photo courtesy of Traditional Cowboy Arts Association

View Cary’s work in our Between Grass & Sky Online Exhibition

Visit Cary’s website:  https://caryschwarz.com/schwarz-productions/

Bridging the 49th at the 35th Gathering

The Slash Across Mountains, by Carolyn Cuskey/cc by 2.0 (Creative Commons)

A border by cartography standards, the 49th parallel distinguishes Canada from the United States ̶ on maps, anyway. But try telling these musicians that as they sing themselves from side to side and back again! Making beauty out of coexistence and proving that lines are never quite what they seem, the five bards of the borderlands in our 8:00 pm Saturday night show exemplify the artist as ambassador. Sharing the Elko Convention Center Auditorium in Bridging the 49th are Jamie Fox, Alex Kusturok, Corb Lund, Sid Marty and Colter Wall: read on to meet them!

8:00 – 9:30 pm, Saturday, February 2, 2019
Tickets are On Sale Now!

$40 / $30 / $25
Next Generation Discount Available

Photo by Hannibal Bach


Gilbert’s Duck Dance, performed by Jamie Fox with 3 fiddlers 3 traditions

Jamie Fox of Harlem, Montana, is a fiddler of the Métis tradition, which grew out of a Celtic, French, and Native American cultures. The Michif fiddle tradition on the Fort Belknap Reservation was on its last legs just as Jamie fell in love with the tunes. Jamie, through her love of the Michif tunes, brought new healing to an old discord between cultural sectors of the tribal society. As word got out, others on the reservation and along the Montana Hi-Line were incredibly enthused to see her taking on the music that was in jeopardy of vanishing. http://www.3fiddlers3traditions.com/about-3-fiddlers-3-traditions/jamie-fox/

Photo from artist


Alex Kusturok performs The Young Chief

Alex Kusturok of Winipeg, Manitoba, Canada, is a third generation fiddle player, traveling with his mother Patti to old time dances around Manitoba where he was enriched with the Métis fiddle from a very young age. By age 7, the passion for music became apparent and fiddle became the focus of Alex’s life. Culture has always played a huge part in Alex’s music and his life. His father, a treaty Indian from Wabigoon Lake First Nation in Ontario made sure that Alex learned of his aboriginal heritage which transferred into his music and gave him a set of values in which he lives his life.

Corb Lund and The Hurtin Albertans perform “The Horse I Rode In On,”
at the 25th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in 2009.
Corb is appearing solo at our 35th Gathering.

Corb Lund‘s musical diplomacy bridges the country and the city. Born and raised in rural southern Alberta, Canada, Lund comes from four generations of Canadian ranchers and cowboys. He grew up riding horseback, chasing cattle and rodeoing on the prairies and in the foothills of the Rockies. Lund’s Western heritage stays with him, no matter where he roams. “My whole life is sort of a dichotomy between being a cowboy kid and living in a city,” says Lund. “I guess that informs my music too.” http://corblund.com/

Photo from artist


Sid Marty tells A Prayer in Lieu of Windchimes


Sid Marty sings Down Along the Livingstone

Sid Marty‘s poetry, storytelling and songwriting travels like the Albertan wind. He and his wife live on a small holding in southwestern Alberta, Canada, south of Tyson and north of Zarzyski. He last performed at Elko in 2011. Sid began composing poems and song lyrics in the saddle while patrolling the mountains of Banff, Yoho and Jasper National Parks as a park ranger. There were no cows in the backcountry except cow elk, so he used his lariat mainly for pulling packhorses out of bogs and skidding firewood. Since 1988, Sid has worked as a singer-songwriter and freelance writer. http://www.sidmarty.com

Photo from artist


Colter Wall performs Plain to See Plainsman

Colter Wall‘s songwriting blends the real and the magical. Wall, of Swift Current, Saskatchewan, Canada, captures the spaciousness of the Canadian plains by relying on minimal production and his resonant baritone, which he’s strengthened into a mighty instrument in its own right. It’s a deep and knowing voice you wouldn’t expect of a man who’s not yet 24 years old. As a folk singer, Wall places equal importance on crafting songs as well as carrying older songs into the present day. http://www.colterwall.com/


About the Next Generation Discount for the 35th Gathering, January 28-February 2, 2019

Are you between the ages of 15 and 35? A limited number of Day Passes and evening show tickets are available at the discounted price of $20! Buy up to two (2) tickets per show as well as up to two (2) Day Passes. Not all shows are discounted, so look for the items in our Ticketed Shows list. Tickets are will-call only and all ticket/pass users must show valid proof of age at pickup. When purchasing tickets online, please use discount code NEXTGEN on the checkout form.


Interested in learning more about the 49th Parallel and the 5,525 mile-long border between the United States and Canada?

https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/uscanada-border-slash (Intro photo is from this article)
https://www.canadiangeographic.ca/article/drawing-line-canada-usa-border

Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

Announcing the Featured Artists of the 35th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering!

Photo by Jessica Brandi Lifland ©2017

Join us January 28-February 2, 2019 for the 35th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering, a milestone anniversary for the grand-daddy of them all! Tickets go on sale to Western Folklife Center Members on September 4, 2018, and to the general public one month later: Join Now!

We are pleased to present the following poets, prosewriters, storytellers, singer-songwriters and western bands – several performing across genres.

3hattrio, Virgin, UT
Amy Hale Auker, Prescott, AZ
Mike Beck, Monterey, CA
Geno Delafose & French Rockin Boogie, Eunice, LA
John Dofflemyer, Lemon Cove, CA
Joshua Dugat, Tuscaloosa, AL
Maria Lisa Eastman, Hyattville, WY
Mary Flitner, Greybull, WY
Jamie Fox, Harlem, MT & Alex Kusturok, St. Paul, AB, Canada
Ryan & Hoss Fritz, Longview, AB, Canada
Dick Gibford, New Cuyama, CA
DW Groethe, Bainville, MT
Andy Hedges, Lubbock, TX
Brenn Hill, Hooper, UT
Tish Hinojosa, Austin, TX
Yvonne Hollenbeck, Clearfield, SD
Ross Knox, Sasabe, AZ
Ned LeDoux, Northeast KS
Daron Little, Saratoga, WY
Corb Lund, Southern AB, Canada
Carolyn Martin’s Swing Band, Ft. Wayne, IN
Sid Marty, Lundbreck, AB, Canada
Deanna McCall, Timberon, NM
Gary McMahan, Bellvue, CO
Waddie Mitchell, Twin Bridges, NV
Michael Martin Murphey, Walden, CO
Joel Nelson, Alpine, TX
Rodney Nelson, Almont, ND
Diane Peavey, Hailey, ID
Shadd Piehl, Mandan, ND
Vess Quinlan, Florence, CO
Halladay & Rob Quist, Kalispell, MT
Henry Real Bird, Garryowen, MT
Brigid Reedy, Whitehall, MT
Randy Rieman, Choteau, MT
Jake Riley, Riverdale, NE
Olivia Romo, Santa Fe, NM
Matt Robertson, Okotoks, AB, Canada
Trinity Seely, Cascade, MT
Sean Sexton, Vero Beach, FL
Sourdough Slim, Paradise, CA
Dave Stamey, Orange Cove, CA
Gail Steiger, Prescott, AZ
Colter Wall, Swift Current, SK, Canada
Paul Zarzyski, Great Falls, MT


Photo by Jessica Brandi Lifland © 2016

On June 28: John Reischman and the Jaybirds fly into Elko – and more!

The Western Folklife Center will host John Reischman and the Jaybirds on Thursday, June 28 for a 2:00 pm workshop and 7:00 pm concert featuring new tunes and songs from their brand new recording, On That Other Green Shore. There will be room for dancing at the concert, and the Pioneer Saloon will be open at 5:30 pm for cold beverages. Also at 5:30 pm, the Wiegand Gallery will host a FREE exhibition reception and illustrated talk by Jean Earl about “Basque Arborglyphs of the Great Basin.

Bluegrass Band Rhythm Workshop, 2:00 – 3:30 pm: Pre-registration $10 (please contact Amber at 775/738-7508 to pre-register). Blending instruments and sound into a musical ensemble; ideal for bands, sound designers, DJs and anyone wanting to tighten the mix of their musical performance when working with others. Discount of $15 offered for workshop and concert!

This will be a special night: come early at 5:30 pm for a free special exhibition reception with Jean Earl as she takes you on an illustrated tour of the discoveries of  Basque Arborglyphs of the Great Basin.

Concert at 7:00 pm: Tickets are $20 general admission, $15 for students, seniors, Western Folklife Center members and workshop participants; $5 for children age 12 and under. Advance tickets available at the Western Folklife Center Gift Shop, 501 Railroad Street, or by calling 775/738-7508.

The historic Pioneer Saloon will be open, and the doors to the G Three Bar Theater will open at 7:00 pm. We are designing a dance area to the side–separate from concert seating–in the G Three Bar Theater, for your full enjoyment of the music of John Reischman and the Jaybirds.

About the band

The Jaybirds feature some of the finest acoustic musicians on the road west. Featured in order of appearance in photo, above, Nick Hornbuckle (banjo, vocals), Patrick Sauber (guitar, vocals), John Reischman (mandolin, vocals), Trisha Gagnon (bass, vocals) and Greg Spatz (fiddle).

Like the powerful mandolinist and composer at its helm, John Reischman and the Jaybirds fashion a chic take on bluegrass that seamlessly blends original songs and instrumentals with Appalachian old-time music for a truly unique band sound. Now on their 20th year, with seven acclaimed albums and two Juno nominations, the Jaybirds are simultaneously innovative and unadorned, sophisticated and stripped-down, happily old-fashioned and 21st-Century contemporary.

A world-renowned mandolinist and composer, veteran performer John Reischman currently hails from Vancouver, British Columbia. John has also releaased three critically-acclaimed solo instrumental albums and recorded on dozens of other projects, including the GRAMMY-winning True Life Blues: The Songs of Bill Monroe. Called “one of the world’s undisputed masters” of the mandolin by Bluegrass Unlimited, John’s known for producing wonderful tone from his famous 1924 Gibson “Loyd Loar”
F-5 mandolin.

Los Angeles-based Patrick Sauber is the newest member on guitar and vocals. Patrick is considered one of the West Coast’s most sought-after sidemen. A soaring harmony singer and firecracker lead guitarist, he is featured on the 2016 GRAMMY-nominated album, The Hazel and Alice Sessions, by Laurie Lewis and the Right Hands.

Chilliwack, British Columbia-based Trisha Gagnon is portrayed by Sing Out! as “one of the most versatile” and “irresistible” lead vocalists in bluegrass, her strong and distinctive style ranging from “mournful and plaintive” to “hopeful and yearning.” Trisha anchors what Dirty Linen Magazine calls “gorgeous three-part harmonies.” Her solo album, a story about you and me, includes guests Vince Gill and Peter Rowan.

Nick Hornbuckle, based in Nanaimo, British Columbia, has developed his own voice on the five-string banjo – a two-finger roll unlike other contemporary banjo players. Says the L.A. Daily News, “Nick Hornbuckle’s banjo can be downright spine-tingling.” His solo album 12×2 (+/-1), was nominated for a Canadian Folk Music Award in 2015, and Nick is a composer who also digs for rare old-time gems.

Spokane, Washington-based Greg Spatz is hailed as a “world-class bluegrass fiddler” by Fiddler magazine. His Paul Bunyan-esque chops have made him a popular fixture down through the years on the West Coast, where he’s played with iconic mandolinist Frank Wakefield and resophonic guitar master Rob Ickes. Greg also tours and records with Mighty Squirrel, has a solo album called Fiddler’s Dream, and is an award-winning novelist.

About the exhibition reception
5:30 – 6:30 pm in the Wiegand Gallery

For more than half a century, Jean and Phillip Earl of Reno used clues from old maps, letters, and books to hunt for and document “Mountain Picassos,” distinctive figures carved into aspen trees in the high country meadows of the Great Basin.

On June 28, join the Western Folklife Center and Jean Earl for an illustrated tour of these discoveries, carved by Basque sheepherders in the early to mid-20th Century, featured in the exhibitions, Basque Aspen Art (currently on exhibition in the Wiegand Gallery) and Mountain Picassos, Basque Arborglyphs of the Great Basin, a Nevada Touring Initiative/Traveling Exhibition Program of the Nevada Arts Council.

These events are funded, in part, by the Nevada Arts Council, a state agency, the National Endowment for the Arts and National Endowment for the Humanities, federal agencies, Nevada Humanities, and the Red Lion Inn & Casino.

Thank You, Elko: We Hope You Can Join Us May 4th

Photo by Jessica Brandi Lifland

Thank you, Elko is a free performance on May 4th for the community of Elko, featuring the humble songster Andy Hedges, local youth poets and special guests hosted by the Western Folklife Center at the G Three Bar Theatre and Pioneer Saloon.

Photo by Jessica Brandi Lifland

The Western Folklife Center event, Thank you, Elko, is in collaboration with the Northeastern Nevada Museum’s Halleck Bar Party ($20 suggested donation) on May 4. This is an opportunity to celebrate the “wild and wooly” history and culture of Elko County together, as well as extend our deep appreciation to the town that supports all of our events each year. We want to give special thanks to our local volunteers and sponsors that help to create and support the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering, including the Northeastern Nevada Museum.

The evening begins at 6:00 pm at the Northeastern Nevada Museum on Idaho Street with the adults attending “the best cocktail party in Elko for the past 40+ years!” The Halleck Bar Party was established to honor the acquisition of the antique bar and back bar from a saloon in the nearby town of Halleck. Always with a promise of gin, the Party will feature spirits and light refreshments, an art sale, yellow duck sales for the annual duck races and live piano music with a brief appearance by Andy Hedges.

Photo by Charlie Ekburg

Meanwhile, at 7:30 pm, a younger generation of poets from local ranch families in the area will begin their performance down on old Railroad Street at the Western Folklife Center. These young poets will be hosted by a special guest and remember cowboy poetry traditions. Andy Hedges will take the stage at 8:00 pm performing two 45-minute sets with a 15-minute intermission. This is just enough time for the Old West to begin flowing onto the streets to travel all the way from the Halleck Bar Party, past good ol’ Sherman Station, to the historic Pioneer Saloon downtown!

Photo by David Tau

At 8:00 pm dessert cocktails inspired by some of our favorite historical poems will flow at the Pioneer Saloon. The historic Pioneer Saloon, much like the Halleck Bar, is a “living visual memory of the Old West”. The Pioneer Saloon’s roots date back to the founding of the city of Elko in December of 1868. Possibly the first bar in Elko, the Pioneer Saloon began in a simple tent. Painters and ranchers stayed at the Pioneer in exchange for saddles or murals. So join in and dress up to the “old west” theme from the Halleck Bar to the Pioneer Saloon.

Andy Hedges is a self-taught songster, cowboy poetry reciter and storyteller with a varied repertoire including classic cowboy poetry recitations, obscure cowboy songs, dust bowl ballads and blues. He lives in Texas with his wife and children. Andy reached out to the Western Folklife Center to collaborate with us on creating a performance of “Thanks!” to the community of Elko for all they do during the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering. Everyone pitches in from local restaurants, hotels, museums, teachers, artists and even our Board of Directors whom are also volunteers to our organization. It is fitting to join the Museum for this evening of gratitude simply because the Western Folklife Center had their original offices for the Cowboy Poetry Gathering at the Museum! This year will be our 35th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering. It is thanks to the community of Elko, that we are able to host our signature event every year.

Learn more about Andy Hedges.

Thank you, Elko is sponsored in part by the Nevada Arts Council, a state agency, and the National Endowment of the Arts, a federal agency, and with generous support of the Red Lion Inn and Casino.

2018 Western Folklife Concert Series begins with Rick and Donna Nestler

Donna and Rick Nestler, Photo by Nancy Daynard

The Western Folklife Center is known for bringing interesting artists to Elko for performances and workshops throughout the year. For our first in 2018, join us on Saturday, March 24th, when we present – with host, GRAMMY award-winning singer/songwriter Rick Nestler of Rick Nestler and Donna “The Banjolele Lady” – a workshop on how to play a ukulele and banjolele. And in the evening, Rick and Donna will perform a concert at the Western Folklife Center: expect some folk, western swing, songs of the silver screen cowboys, and more!

The 2-hour workshop and jam session from 3:00 – 5:00 pm is an opportunity to learn tips, tricks, and more from these two powerhouse performers. The Nestlers are a folk duo committed to bringing together people of all ages to learn and play ukulele and banjolele.  These musicians bring stories and fun to life where music can be celebrated and created by all of us. In that spirit, the workshop will move right on into a special hour-long jam session with any instrument you want to bring along! Also, workshop participants that are interested will have an opportunity to play for a song or two during the concert, and you’ll receive a $5 discount on the price of the evening’s concert.

3 Ukes, Photo by Emma Dusepo – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0 (httpscommons.wikimedia)

We have a limited supply of ukuleles at the Western Folklife Center that can be reserved, when you call to pre-register for the workshop; we can also direct you to other local sources for obtaining a ukulele. The deadline to pre-register for the workshop has been extended to Thursday, March 22. To pre-register, contact Amber Adeline at 775-738-7508 x232 or abrown@westernfolklife.org.

In the Concert from 7:00 to 9:00 pm that evening, Rick Nestler will kick off the night playing guitar or tenor banjo performing several folk classics, as well as traditional and contemporary western music. Donna Nestler will play in the second half of the night with even more folk and traditional music adding concertina, harmonica, banjo and banjolele.

Concert Admission is $15.00 at the door and $10 for seniors, students and Western Folklife Center; or with your workshop registration. Kids 12 and under are only $5. Tickets can be purchased from the Western Folklife Center Gift Shop or by calling 775-738-7508. The Pioneer Saloon opens at 6:00 pm. Come early and enjoy a visit to the exhibitions in our Wiegand Gallery!

Rick Nestler, courtesy of the artist

Donna Nestler, courtesy of the artist

This workshop and concert are funded, in part, by the Nevada Arts Council, a state agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency, with generous support by The Red Lion Inn and Casino.

The Faces of the 34th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering

We’ve been having a great time going through photos of the 34th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering by our photographers Jessica Lifland and Charlie Ekburg. We wanted to share some of them with you — Enjoy!

Arinak Basque Dancer. Photo by Jessica Brandi Lifland

One of Elko’s Ariñak Basque dancers. Photo by Jessica Brandi Lifland

Jean Flesher adds final touches to dessert at the Basque Cooking Workshop. Photo by Charlie Ekburg

Executive Director Kristin Windbigler welcomes everyone to the Keynote Address. Photo by Jessica Brandi Lifland.

Eric Trigg, a Keynote Speaker. Photo by Jessica Brandi Lifland

Emily Nielson, a Keynote Speaker. Photo by Jessica Brandi Lifland.

Nephi Craig, a Keynote Speaker. Photo by Jessica Brandi Lifland.

Trimming at the Hatmaking Workshop. Photo by Charlie Ekburg.

Rodney Nelson and Yvonne Hollenbeck in Members’ Show #1. Photo by Jessica Brandi Lifland.

A happy audience at the 34th Annual National Cowboy Poetry Gathering. Photo by Jessica Brandi Lifland.

Cody and Willy Braun in the intimate G Three Bar Theater. Photo by Charlie Ekburg.

Jesus Goni, Bertsolariak, and Joxe Mallea. Photo by Charlie Ekburg

Saturday’s Fiddling Around Show: the more, the merrier. Photo by Charlie Ekburg.

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