36th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering Exhibiting Artists & Films January 27-February 1

Fire on the Hill
For 36 years in the heart of winter, thousands have traveled to Elko to listen, learn, and share experiences of ranching and the rural West through poetry, music, and stories. The National Cowboy Poetry Gathering, presented by the Western Folklife Center, has been called the most honest and open-hearted festival in America.
From January 27-February 1 2020, Western community and tradition is alive and well as celebrated through hands-on gearmaking, cooking, dancing and writing workshops; live poetry and music performances; exhibitions, talks, films, and storytelling sessions.

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New Exhibit at the Western Folklife Center for Elko Mural Expo

Russel "buZ blurr" Butler, Untitled #1, mixed media

Russel “buZ blurr” Butler, Untitled #1, mixed media

As muralists descend on downtown for the Elko Mural Expo, the Western Folklife Center will host multiple events in collaboration with Art Spot Reno.

Opening September 16 in the Wiegand Gallery is Climb Down the Ladder, This Painting is Done: Contemporary Muralists, Outside In, a group exhibition of works by participating muralists. These small-scale pieces will be available for purchase through the Gift Shop and will be on display through December 14.
The exhibition will have its official kickoff on Wednesday, September 25 at the Western Folklife Center’s Pioneer Saloon with an opening reception and artist welcome party from 7 – 9 pm.

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