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Sharlot Hall features look at working cowboys

Courtesy/Ken Leja

Sharlot Hall Museum is celebrating the real western lore of cowboy and cowboy life on Saturday, April 23, with its “Working Cowboy … Folkways, Arts & Traditions” event from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the museum, 415 W. Gurley St.

The event, which closes out the 15th annual celebration of Cowboy Poetry Week in Arizona, the event provides an intimate look at the “working cowboy” by those who work in the trade themselves, according to a release from Sharlot Hall Media & Marketing Manager Ken Leja. There will be music, poetry, cowboy stories, a western art exhibition and sale, as well as crafts and demonstrations all day long. Among the poets, authors, writers, songwriters and musicians are Gail Steiger and his wife, Amy Auker Steiger, Sally Bates, Suzi Killman, Audrey Hankins Balow, Lola Chiantaretto, Charlotte Allgood, McCoy, Mary Matli, Lee Shaw, Joe Konkel, Jim Orr, Mike White and Rolf Flake.

The event is “a showcase of cowboy traditions by actual working men and women who live the life of the cowboy in Arizona,” Bates said in the release. “I’ve gathered a few of my closest friends.”

Admission is $10 for adults and is free for youth 17 and younger.

The western art exhibition and sale will see art from the likes of local Bill Nebeker, Cecilia McGuire, Marla Smith, Kathy McCraine and Scott Baxter, and will have historical cowboy gear from the museum’s collections as well as denim quilts on loan from several ranch families.

Demonstrations at the event range from boot-making and saddlery to leather work and horse shoeing, the release said. Presenters include Dick Schorr, who will be making rope form rawhide, Academy of Western Artists Bootmaker Award Winner Paul Krause, who will be tooling leather for boots, and Bruce Meier, a saddlemaker from Wickenburg who will demonstrate and explain his craft.

“Young people can learn the lore and tradition of cattle brands, while creating their own designs,” Leja wrote in the release. “In the blacksmith shop, watch a farrier at work hot-forging ‘shoes’ for horses – a long time tradition of the West.”

Attendees will have the chance to hear poetry and music throughout the day all over the museum campus. Included will be music from Todd, Melinda and Dani Carter’s “Broken Chair Band.” The name is an homage to their ranch.

For a complete schedule of events and artists or to find out more about the “Working Cowboy … Folkways, Arts & Traditions” event, visit the museum’s website at Reach the museum at 928-445-3122, ext. 10.

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