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Date: January 12, 2015   |  Author: A.J. Mangum

On a fall afternoon in the mid-1980s, I was unpacking a suitcase in a fourth-floor room of Bloss Hall, a nondescript dormitory on the edge of the Oregon State University campus. I'd just arrived from my family's ranch in Central Oregon, and I was wearing cowboy boots th...


Interesting Things and Stories from Out West

Date: January 13, 2015

There are few brands that can be cited as so iconic that they are considered generic to their category. In our genre, a Stetson is understood and accepted as the generic term for a cowboy hat. In 2015, this iconic brand will celebrate its 150the Anniversary. Today it is certain...


Portrait of a Saddlemaker

Date: January 13, 2015   |  Author: Scott Ripley

My father had a penchant for guns, cowboy lore and western music. Growing up, my brother and I became well-acquainted with revolvers, were in awe of the Cheyenne Frontier Days, and rode into some of the most remote sections of Yellowstone National Park.


An Eclectic Trio

Date: January 13, 2015

One would be hard pressed to think of another face than Waddie Mitchell's when the term "cowboy poet" is mentioned. In his 65 years, this Elko County, Nevada buckaroo has entertained and championed the enduring art of story telling and the spoken word of the West. In this wonde...


Swayze’s Fried Catfish

Date: January 13, 2015   |  Author: Kathy McCraine

My husband, Swayze, came to Arizona with webs on his feet, having been born and raised in Louisiana. Once he got used to the grass only being green for a short spell in the spring and during the monsoon season - if we have one - he adapted well and came to love ranching out her...


Cowboy Crossings

Date: January 19, 2015   |  Author: A.J. Mangum

Oklahoma City's National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum hosted the fourth annual Cowboy Crossings event the weekend of October 11. The show again featured concurrent exhibitions by the Traditional Cowboy Arts Association and the Cowboy Artists of ...


A Poet and Dreamer

Date: January 13, 2015   |  Author: Hal Cannon

Andy Wilkinson is as close to being a Renaissance man as any artist I know. How many artists truly believe it's their obligation to use their art to tell the truth about the past, help society deal with the present, and pave the way for the future? As a novelist, archiv...


Each Face Has the West Etched into It

Date: January 13, 2015   |  Author: Rod Miller

It's unlikely a photographer other than Kevin Martini-Fuller has looked through a viewfinder to see more cowboys looking back at him. Since 1985, he's created nearly 15,000 portraits of cowboys, immortalizing the faces of some 1,000 participants at the ...


Four Dreamers on a Western Landscape

Date: January 24, 2015   |  Author: Tom Russell

Chuck Steiner weighed in at nearly three hundred pounds. Bison-like. His face was shielded by a mouse-grey beard, which drooped down and splayed out over his gut. He didn't walk, no, he rolled toward an unseen spot on the horizon, or the corner of a honkytonk, where he'd turn and pro...


The Bone in the Box

Date: January 13, 2015   |  Author: Pete Healey, APF

Once upon a time long ago about 50 million years, give or take a couple of months; there lived the "Dawn Horse" Eohippus. He was a little fellow about 10 inches tall and he had four-toed front feet and three-toed hind feet. Eohippus lived in the forests and was a browser. About 26 mi...


Eastern Portraits of the West

Date: January 13, 2015   |  Author: Jameson Parker

Of course, when Rudyard Kipling wrote the above he was looking at the world through 19th century glasses, and now East and West have run slap up against each other in ways no one could have anticipated a hundred years ago, ways that would have been both...


A Visit With Buck Brannaman

Date: January 13, 2015

It's a great headline - a mom and her 11 year-old son - along with pro Billy Askew won our second pro-Am Vaquero Roping this past October.


Wherever the Wind Blows

Date: January 13, 2015   |  Author: Hannah Ballantyne, Reata Brannaman, Ceily Rae Highberger and Nevada Watt

It started out as a normal Saturday morning in the Hen House, complete with a big breakfast and copious amounts of coffee, when Nevada dragged her boyfriend, Levi out for a day of antiquing; despite his rather obvious lack of enthusiasm.


The Black Place

Date: January 24, 2015   |  Author: Walter W. Nelson

While living in New York City in the late 1970s and early '80s, I began my journey into the fine arts - photography, painting and sculpture. A strong part of my evolutionary development as an artist came from reading about the lives of artists, especially Georgia O'Keeffe.


Everything in the Song is True

Date: January 14, 2015   |  Author: Emily Esterson

Every August for the past 20 years, a group of men have gathered on the Quinlan Ranch, in the mountains near Chama, New Mexico, for a trail ride called simply the Men's Ride.


Road Trip List

Date: January 14, 2015   |  Author: Ronstadt, Wolf, and Browne

It sounds like a legal firm and those three names could legally say that they are amongst the most influential artists in popular music - specifically the California sound form the late 60s and 70s.


A Western Moment

Date: January 9, 2015

Remembering David

Date: January 14, 2015   |  Author: Bill Reynolds

We lost a big one recently. A big one in that photographer David Stoecklein had a huge effect on the collective we in the West - and anyone who loved it.


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