A new art exhibit set to open at Western Nevada College offers a glimpse into ranching culture of the rural West through the lens of cowboy poetry and related art forms. "The Lingo of Our Calling: The Legacy of Cowboy Poetry" will show in the Bristlecone Building "College Gallery" January 25-March 11.
A public reception for the artists is Wednesday, Jan. 27, 4:30-5:30 p.m.
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.
This exhibit is curated by the Western Folklife Center in Elko, and presented as part of the Nevada Arts Council's Nevada Touring initiative, which is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Nevada Legislature.
The WNC Carson art galleries, located in the Bristlecone Building on the Carson City campus are open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. All exhibitions and related activities are free and open to the public.
Press Release: January 12, 2010
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