Celebrate women of the West at the Fifth Annual “Art of the Cowgirl” gathering starting Wednesday Jan. 18 through Sunday, Jan. 22 at the Horseshoe Park & Equestrian Centre in Queen …
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Queen Creek hosts ‘Art of the Cowgirl’ event
Feature Artists, All-Women Ranch Rodeo
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Cowgirls from across the country will demonstrate proficiency in equestrian sports during the “Art of the Cowgirl” event.
Photo by Lauren Summers
Workshops at “Art of the Cowgirl” provide opportunities to learn everything from silversmithing and rawhide braiding to photography and leather carving.
Photo by Lauren Summers
“Art of the Cowgirl” celebrates female artists of all disciplines.
Celebrate women of the West at the Fifth Annual “Art of the Cowgirl” gathering starting Wednesday Jan. 18 through Sunday, Jan. 22 at the Horseshoe Park & Equestrian Centre in Queen Creek.
The all-day events will showcase the woman-made Western artistry, horsemanship and craftsmanship, according to a press release. The Horseshoe Park & Equestrian Centre is located at 20464 E. Riggs Road. The town is estimating that as many as 30,000 people may attend the event.
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 also to encourage growth and exposure for emerging talent.
Workshops are multiday and led by specialists in each craft, providing opportunities to learn everything from silversmithing and rawhide braiding to photography and leather carving.
“Each cowgirl is as unique as the boots she wears, and we’re celebrating that through providing diverse, interactive activities” stated Pate, whose personal outlet for artistic expression is the craft of boot-making. “It is our hope that attendees discover their new passion at any of the 14 workshops available.”
Cowgirls from across the country will demonstrate proficiency in equestrian sports during the event. Competitions include Kimes Ranch World’s Greatest Horsewoman, All Women’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.
Guests can witness the process of a creative vision come to life on canvases during the “Quick Draw” competition co-hosted by the Cowgirl Artists of America, in which participating painters will quickly render artwork for the event’s silent auction. Funds will benefit “Art of the Cowgirl’s” artist fellowship program, empowering women with resources and supplies to pursue and perpetuate traditional artistic trades.
“This year, we’re really focusing on the fellowships and artists by providing a space to create and connect with Western culture,” Pate stated in the release. “We encourage everyone to come take it all in and support our artists.”
There are educational demonstrations happening all weekend including colt starting, barrel racing, trick riding and more. On Saturday and Sunday, structured activities for kids will keep family members of all ages entertained. The event also includes a live art auction and Elite Horse and Cowdog Sale on Saturday night.
Musicians 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 event times, workshops, competitions, the trade show and more, visit artofthecowgirl.com.