Art of the Cowgirl to Celebrate Female Creatives, Western Culture, Lifestyle
By Claire Natale -
Monday Jan 09, 2023
QUEEN CREEK, Ariz. â€“ Celebrate women of the West at the Fifth Annual Art of the Cowgirl gathering Jan.18-22. The event, hosted at Horseshoe Park & Equestrian Centre in Queen Creek, will showcase the very best of woman-made Western artistry, horsemanship, and craftsmanship.
Founded by Montana-born and raised horsewoman Tammy Pate, Art of the Cowgirl celebrates female artists of all disciplines. Women can register to participate in a diverse pool of competitions, hands-on workshops, trade shows and rodeos to not only showcase established artists but encourage growth and exposure for emerging talent. Workshops are multi-day and led by masters of each craft, providing opportunities to learn everything from silversmithing and rawhide braiding to photography and leather carving.
â€œEach cowgirl is as unique as the boots she wears, and weâ€™re celebrating that through providing diverse, interactive activitiesâ€ said Pate, whose personal outlet for artistic expression is the craft of boot-making. â€œIt is our hope that attendees discover their new passion at any of the 14 workshops available.â€
Cowgirls from across the country will demonstrate proficiency in equestrian sports during the event. Competitions include Kimes Ranch Worldâ€™s Greatest Horsewoman, All Womenâ€™s Ranch Rodeo presented by COWGIRL Magazine, Breakaway Roping presented by Merck Animal Health, Vaquero Style Roping competition, and a Cowdog Trial.
Throughout the five-day event, a curated trade show will display original artwork, apparel, gear, gifts and accessories. Art of the Cowgirl guests can witness the process of a creative vision come to life on canvases during the â€œQuick Drawâ€ competition co-hosted by the Cowgirl Artists of America, in which participating painters will quickly render artwork for the eventâ€™s silent auction. Funds will benefit Art of the Cowgirlâ€™s artist fellowship program, empowering women with resources and supplies to pursue and perpetuate traditional artistic trades. There are educational demonstrations happening all weekend including colt starting, barrel racing, trick riding, and much more. On Saturday and Sunday, structured activities for kids will keep family members of all ages entertained.
â€œThis year, weâ€™re really focusing on the fellowships and artists by providing a space to create and connect with Western culture,â€ said Pate. â€œWe encourage everyone to come take it all in and support our artists.â€ The event also includes a live Art Auction and Elite Horse and Cowdog Sale on Saturday night.
Appreciation for the arts will go beyond the tangible: Joni and Olivia Harms, Savana Chesnut, the Moons, Kristen Esper, Christina Barns, Santa Ynez, Dan Wirth and Ashley Wescott will take the stage throughout the event and get boots clicking during festive live performances.
Tickets to Art of the Cowgirl are on sale now with single-day passes starting at $60. Five-day passes are $195, and the VIP-tier five-day pass is $495. Tickets are available online or at the gate. For more information about workshops, competitions, the trade show and more, mosey over to artofthecowgirl.com.
About Art of the Cowgirl
The annual Art of the Cowgirl celebrates cowgirls and artists alike, showcasing their contributions to western style and culture. The event includes a trade show, music, World's Greatest Horsewoman compeittion, all women's ranch rodeo, breakaway roping, cowdog trial, educational demonstrations, live art auction, Elite Horse and Cowdog Sale, hands-on workshops, colt starting demonstrations, kid activities, and more! Tickets on sale now. Learn more at http://www.artofthecowgirl.com.