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ARTWORK BY PHIL TOGNAZZINI

Mark your calendars now for the first weekend in November for the 15th annual Paso Gathering,
a select show and sale of western art and cowboy gear
that will be held at the Pioneer Museum at 2010 Riverside Avenue in Paso Robles.

This annual event is the main fundraiser for the Pioneer Museum and has gathered quite a reputation with
exhibitors, and collectors alike, throughout the west. 
With craftsman coming from as far away as Nevada, this is the place to add to your collection or do that holiday shopping for the special cowboy or cowgirl or collector in
the family. Western artists, saddlemakers, rawhide
braiders, silversmiths, and bit and spur makers all converge on the museum to showcase their wares, visit with
friends, and offer some of the most unique western art
and gear to be found.

Mari James, a rawhide braider from the Sierra foothills,
will be back again this year with an even bigger selection
of custom-made bosals and reins and she will take orders
if you donít see exactly what you had in mind.

Local western artist Phil Tognazzini, who designed the
poster for the Paso Gathering, will also be exhibiting and offering his work for sale.  If you are looking for authentic
art of the early Vaquero cowboys, check out Philís etchings or some of his newer works with water color and pen and ink.

Mitch and Kelly Roth will also be on hand with a
wide-array of metal art for the ranch or home.  Whether
you are looking for a custom-gate or an ornate towel
rack, they will have what you are looking for.  And, like
most exhibitors, if they donít have the exact piece you
need, they will work with you to create a custom-order.

If you have a bit or a set of spurs that you think might
be worth something, bring a photo along with you as
there will be several collectors at the event that can help you identify what you have and what the value might be.

One of the highlights of this yearís event is the drawing
for a Sterling Silver Inlaid Bit handcrafted by Ed Field of Santa Barbara.  Tickets for the drawing will be available throughout both days of the event, with the winner being announced on Sunday at 4:00PM.  You can also purchase tickets ahead of time at the Pioneer Museum so donít miss out on this great chance to own a piece of the west. 
Other items, donated by the exhibitors, will also be
offered in the drawing.

Plan on staying several hours as there is a lot to see
and you will probably meet up with your ranching friends
and neighbors.  Many of the artisans work while at the Gathering so you might get a chance to see how horsehair
is hitched or rawhide is braided right before your very
eyes, a real treat for children who may have never
seen cowboy art before.

Cowboy cooking will be available on the grounds too,
so come by for lunch and help support our Pioneer Museum.  A few sponsorships are still available for this event, so
if you would like to be a part of it, please contact the museum volunteer staff at 239-4556.  Additional
information is available at
www.pasoroblespioneermuseum.org

ARTICLE BY:  Judy Bedell


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