BILL ADAMS TUMBLEWEED SADDLERY I am a retired firefighter and a retired cattle rancher. I also do some cowboying part time. I have done leather work all my life and have been making saddles for five years. I work out of my shop at home and make five or six saddles a year as well as any kind of cowboy horse gear, namely chinks, breast collars, bridles, hobbles, bucking rolls, and fence pliers cases. I sell Moore Maker fence pliers, saddle blankets, bits and spurs.
LAILA ASGARI Warmed glass artist - Kiln fired glass Laila Asgari, a local artist raised in southern California, took an interest in the western lifestyle at an early age, learning how to ride at the age of five years. As a youngster, Laila coupled her interest in art with her love for horses, experimenting with oil, pencil, and charcoal. As an adult she discovered glass as an art medium, and using the glass fusing technique and crushed glass, she has been able to transfer her passion for the West into functional art, creating pictures with glass. Each glass piece is handmade and kiln-fired creating unique one-of-a-kind pieces. Her collection includes wall hangings, wall tiles, plates, picture frames, and coasters. Many of the pieces are created from personal experiences, which led Laila to market her fused glass art under “Serendipity Blue - designs in glass”.
RON BUTLER BUTLER'S SADDLE SHOP For over 25 years Ron Butler has made beautiful, top-quality, custom-made saddles and leather goods for the many of California’s working cowboys. Today, with the help of his wife, Cheryl, and daughter, Sarah, they continue to work hard outfitting all working cowboys and cowboys-at-heart with the same outstanding quality tack people have come to expect from the Butler family!
GINNI CARY I create western hatboxes, completely handmade and cut in my ranch workshop in the same building my great-grandfather once had a blacksmith shop. My boxes feature western borders, wallpaper, and genuine leather with adornments in variety of size and shapes.
DON AND DORINE CASWELL -- CASWELL TRADING CO. Western memorabilia. We will have on display and for sale to the public a large collection of antique cowboy and Indian collectibles from the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. We specialize in old fancy chaps, California spurs and bits, braided rawhide bridles, and California gambling items such as silver and ivory daggers. Other items will include Winchesters, Colts, Native American beadwork and jewelry, cowboy and cowgirl decorator pieces, and much more.
CHORRO VALLEY REGULATORS Members of the Single Action Shooters Society. You can see their local club listing here:
DOUG COX Saddle Maker Gardnerville, NV.
RUTH DEOUDES Pencil drawings and prints The execution and technique of her pencil drawings are very important to her, but her main goal is to create a vision the viewer can relate to. With humor and sensitivity, Ruth invites you to share a moment in the life of the rural American.
GRIFF DURHAM Author, Historian
ED FIELD Bits and more - silverwork Ed is a well known, 4th generation bit maker who lives in Paradise, near Lake Cachuma in Santa Barbara County. His work is widely sought by collectors. Ed learned the craft from his grandfather, John J. Field, whose bits are very rare and collectible. John J. learned from his father, Ed's great grandfather, who learned his skill at Tiffany's while making silverware, knives and spoons. His great grandfather came out west with Fremont, then returned to Connecticut, packed up his tools and gear and returned to Calaveras, then to Santa Barbara.
Around 1890, you didn't buy a bit from a store. You went to a blacksmith and had one made. They were all different: different sizes and different thickness of steel. Even the cheek plates didn't match. Very few had any inlaid silverwork.
Ed's dad made spurs, inlaid with silver. After WWII he sold all he could make to Jedica Saddlery in Santa Barbara. Ed's aunt, Rita Thornburg, made bits and put two sons through college.
Ed learned his trade while a grammar and high school student. He also worked on ranches and for the Forest Service. Town didn't agree with him, so he moved back to where he got his start.
Ed says he is 85 and still working and "I'm not going to quit. It gets me out of the house and keeps my brain working." His wife says Ed enjoys work, but not when it comes to yardwork. He is happiest when he completes a project.
Ed's son Gary Wayne Field has been working with him for 7 years and is doing a "good job" according to Ed. Both will be at the Paso Gathering, where Ed is a generous sponsor of the event. He donates a handcrafted silver inlaid bit each year for the fund raising drawing.
BRUCE HAENER Bit & spur collector and maker
HEATHER HAFLEIGH PHOTOGRAPHY
has devoted more than 18 years to documenting contemporary ranchers,
horsemen, and craftsmen in California carrying on the vaquero tradition.
JOE and MARICELA HERNANDEZ Silver bits and spurs King City, CA.
CHARLES IRWIN Bits, spurs, rawhide
DEBORAH KUNIC Painting and printmaking
AMANDA LEWIS Custom cowboy gear - leather Oreana, ID.
BETTY MILLER Western jewelry and paintings
VEL MILLER Oil painting and sculpture Vel Miller’s house/studio is a chest of treasures that sits atop one of those rolling Central California hills that meander down to the Pacific some 20 miles away. The house, like the artist, is filled with memories of the most important things in life…people…mementos of family, friends and mentors who have enriched her life. Paintings cover the walls and sculptures sit atop antique tables draped with cowhide. Your eye can’t travel an inch but it encounters some richly patinaed artifact of the Old West…the things of which Vel’s life is made!
In painting and sculpting, Vel concentrates on the more emotional view of the West. Vel says, “The most rugged and strongest people I’ve known have also been the kindest and most loving. This is the feeling I try to portray. I want the person who views my work to see something they have experienced themselves, or to feel a mood that brings them happiness.”
true that some of the images are gone and some live only in the artwork
created before us, but there is still a story to tell and world full of
subjects to portray. This is what all Artists, whether craftsmen, painters,
sculptor, singers or storytellers, are trying to present: the love we feel
for the West. We hope you
share it with us. If you do,
the West and the Spirit of the West will live forever.”
attended the Art League of Los Angeles, studying under Hal Reed and Max
Turner. She later taught
there. An important mentor,
Joe Deyong, a protégé of Charlie Russell, encouraged and inspired her
with his stories and love of the Old West.
in numerous exhibitions, Vel has earned over 40 “Firsts,” Best of
Show,” and “Purchase Awards.” She has completed several corporate commissions.
Her work is displayed in museums and public and private collections
Internationally. She and her
artwork have been featured in Contemporary Western
editions of Southwest
Art and Art of the West
magazines. She is currently
listed in “Who’s Who in American Art,” “Who’s Who in the
West,” “Who’s Who of American Women,” and “An Encyclopedia of
Women Artists of the American West.”
Vel was commissioned to do the drawings on Western
Cowboy Calendars for 1997, 1998, 1999, and 2000 and has recently
illustrated and created covers for several books. Vel was in a show in Sorrento, Italy in September 2000 with
The American Women Artists, an artist group of which she is a founding
member. The Mayor of Sorrento
purchased one of her paintings. In
the fall of 2000, Vel was commissioned to do a heroic size monument of the
City of Paso Robles, California. The
8-foot high sculpture of a Fireman handing a baby to a Policewoman, titled
“Reward for Valor” will be dedicated in 2004.
DON MOE Saddle Maker Paso Robles, CA.
Richard “Sparky” Moore does a variety of artwork with western flare. His background as a cartoonist for more than 50 years for studios like Disney, Hanna & Barbera, and Dell/Western Publishing had him drawing anywhere from adventure to western comic books like “Little Beaver” and “Range Rider” to many years of drawing, among others for Disney studios, “Winnie the Pooh” for both books and newspaper comic strips. He now uses that creative imagination to give us western art that offers, at times, humor as well as taking us back to a way of life that used to be. Come by and see what “Sparky” has come up with this year, you’ll find anything from hand carved rocking “mules”, cowboy and cowgirl cutouts, and of course his popular western sketches.
ERNEST MORRIS Ernest Morris was born December 13, 1927, a fifth generation California cattleman. His youth was molded by ranch life in the central coast area of California where he worked with older men who followed the California vaquero horsemanship style. Ernie especially credits his grandfather, Jesse Wilkinson, with teaching him many of the vaquero ways, and the techniques for making quality rawhide equipment.
Ernie's art talents began to show at an early age, with special interests in the California vaquero. Vaquero art was a hobby for Ernie until 1964 when he became a full-time artist as an occupation. In 1967 Ernie began placing a small hackamore beside his name on his paintings as a symbol to connect his art and his rawhide work.
He has created artwork with pen and ink, pencil, charcoal, watercolor, oils, acrylic, bronze sculpting, and wood carving, and he has authored and illustrated four popular books about vaquero horsemanship and livestock handling --- El Vaquero (published in 1989), El Buckaroo (published in 1995), and Riata Men (published in 1999) and California Cowboy Inventions. His art, rawhide work, and books have been featured in galleries, museums, and private collections throughout the United States and in many other parts of the world.
Although Ernie's art encompasses most of his time, he is active in the cattle business, training his won ranch horses, braiding rawhide gear, and occasionally making horse-hair mecates. Ernie and his wife, Blanche, reside on their ranch near Templeton, California, where they enjoy Western art, horses, cattle, and friendly conversation.
JOE ORTIZ Tack, braiding, cowboy items Tecate, CA.
Western/Native American Silver/Turquoise
LARRY PECK Western memorabilia
- new and collectible, bits, spurs, bridles,
DICK & JOANNE ROLL J.D. ENTERPRISES Cowboy antiques - custom hats San Marcos, CA.
TERRI ROSE Oil paintings on canvas Paso Robles, CA.
DON SHORTS Historical and collectible books Don Shorts is the co-owner of Ventura’s Old California Store and is an author of books about Jo Mora and Mexican arts. He also owns the Old California Press, which publishes books about California and Mexico.
GLENN STEIN Silverwork, Western memorabilia I have been in California for about 44 years, and have been collecting bits and spurs for 35 years. I have been making bits and spurs for about 8 years.
BUB WARREN Western original art and reproductions Paso Robles, CA.
original art and reproductions, tiles and
I got my first horse when I was fourteen. We rode bareback along the beach, and the horses ran as a herd along the bluffs when we weren’t riding them. My mother was painting all along the coast in those days, and I would watch her set up her easel and paint in oils or draw with pen and ink, the wild waves and rocky cliffs.
All of this still inspires me. The horses and painting outside eventually have become my twin passions. I still love to help my friends and family work their cattle. I still love to ride near the ocean, and on the wonderful ranches of the Central Coast.
I hope to be able to portray in pictures some of the powerful feelings I have for these places. The people, cattle, horses and old-fashioned ways of doing things, along with the historic buildings and lands so potent with memories.
The ECR Gallery in Cambria represents my art as well as California Classics in Templeton. I exhibit at the Cattlemen’s Western Art Show in Paso Robles and the Paso Gathering at the Pioneer Museum in Paso Robles.