Poetry event about the art of cowboy

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Poetry event about the art of cowboy

Courtesy of the Durango Cowboy Poetry Gathering
For the third year in a row, the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad will run a special Cowboy Poet Train today with performers in each car. From left, Doc Mehl, Otto Rosfeld, Sam Noble, Bonnie Blate and Washtub Jerry entertain train riders at Cascade Canyon during the 2009 event.
Tom Browning’s painting “Brush Poppers” is the image for the poster of the 2010 Durango Cowboy Poetry Gathering. Browning will appear at an artist’s reception on Saturday at Toh-Atin Gallery.

Poetry event about the art of cowboy

Courtesy of the Durango Cowboy Poetry Gathering
For the third year in a row, the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad will run a special Cowboy Poet Train today with performers in each car. From left, Doc Mehl, Otto Rosfeld, Sam Noble, Bonnie Blate and Washtub Jerry entertain train riders at Cascade Canyon during the 2009 event.
Tom Browning’s painting “Brush Poppers” is the image for the poster of the 2010 Durango Cowboy Poetry Gathering. Browning will appear at an artist’s reception on Saturday at Toh-Atin Gallery.
Galleries to showcase the art of the cowboy

The Durango Cowboy Poetry Gathering is about more than the words and music of the Western lifestyle. It’s also a time to celebrate the art of the cowboy, and local galleries (and even a hotel) have a feast for the eyes in store for the weekend.
Three downtown galleries – Sorrel Sky, Rain Dance and Open Shutter – as well as the General Palmer Hotel will host receptions today for visiting artists whose work has a decidedly Western theme. And the weekend’s (visual) artistic highlight will happen Saturday at Toh-Atin Gallery when Oregon artist Tom Browning will be in town for a special appearance. Browning’s painting “Brush Poppers” is the image that graces the official poster for the 2010 Cowboy Poetry Gathering and autographed prints of the poster will be available at Saturday’s event.
But waiting for Browning’s visit to Toh-Atin in lieu of today’s happenings would be a big mistake. It’s worth every minute of tonight’s two-hour window to see the artwork and meet the artists at the galleries. Rain Dance welcomes custom hatmaker Melissa Lewis-Barnes, a Navajo artist who also is the owner of Durango Custom Hats & Saddles. Each of her hats is itself a work of art; handmade from start to finish and hand-painted or adorned with beadwork and embroidery. Poet and musician Barry Ward will provide entertainment during Lewis-Barnes’ reception.
At Sorrel Sky, Utah artist Bonnie Conrad will be the star of the show with musical accompaniment by her husband, Roger. Conrad is a regular at Sorrel Sky, where her Western-themed paintings are among the best-selling at the local gallery. Her oils are immediately recognizable for their bright colors and vivid realistic images of Native Americans and Western American scenery.
The Open Shutter gallery held an official opening for “The Spirit of the West” show last week, but it will host an encore tonight. The photographic exhibit features fantastic color and black-and-white Western images by Jay Dusard, Tony Stromberg, Bev Pettit, Adam Jahiel and Lisa Dearing. The work captures the feel of the cowboy lifestyle with images of rodeo, wild mustangs, ranchers and animal portraits.
And new on the “gallery” scene is the General Palmer, the lobby of which will be full of the paintings of Buena Vista painter Paul Kethley. His almost exclusively Western paintings evoke images of legendary cowboy painters like Frederic Remington and Charles Deas with remarkable attention to detail and realism.
There is no charge for admission to any of the artist receptions.
ted@durangoherald.com

If you go

The complete schedule can be viewed at www.durangocowboy poetry. Here are some selected events:
Today
10 a.m. Cowboy Poet Train, D&SNGR depot, 247-2733.
5 p.m. Artist receptions at Sorrel Sky, Rain Dance, Open Shutter, General Palmer Hotel.
6 and 8 p.m. Evening poetry, shows at the Henry Strater Theater (see Page 2C for details).
Saturday
10 a.m. Cowboy ‘motorless’ Parade, Main Avenue. All horse-drawn wagons, riders and walkers. Also, the Western Heritage Tribute to local ranchers Wally and Karen Patcheck in the Diamond Belle Saloon after the Parade.
10 a.m.-6 p.m. Animas Museum exhibit, 10:30 a.m., free cowboy poetry and music sessions, Strater and General Palmer hotels.
11:15 a.m. Pioneer history tour of Greenmount Cemetery, 259-2402.
5 p.m. reception and poster signing, with official poster artist Tom Browning, Toh-Atin Gallery, 145 W. Ninth St., 247-8277.
6 and 8 p.m. Evening poetry shows, at the Henry Strater Theater (see Page 2C for details).
Sunday
8:30 a.m. A Cowboy and His Creator, free inspirational poetry and music show at the Henry Strater Theatre, 759-8906.
1 p.m. Gospel Brunch, at the Diamond Belle Saloon with A-Men.

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