Announcing the Featured Artists for the 36th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering

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”Saturation” by Ron Arthaud

”Saturation” by Ron Arthaud

The paintings of Tuscarora plein-air artist Ron Arthaud are featured in the Fireplace Nook of the Pioneer Saloon. Drop in often: this exhibition is an extension of our Gift Shop and all pieces are for sale so the exhibit will evolve! See more.

Western Folklife Center Gift Shop opens New Online Store

We’ve opened a new Online Gift Store, featuring selected Western Folklife Center-produced items along with Memberships. As always, give us a call for telephone orders or questions, 775-738-7508, extension 234 (Toll Free at 1-888-880-5885), or email us at

Portraits of the Gathering Exhibition ClosinG in September

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Visit the Western Folklife Center’s Wiegand Gallery for the Portraits of the Gathering exhibition, and take the storefront walking tour through downtown Elko, before the exhibitions close in early September.
Read more about the exhibitions.


Nevada Humanities and the Western Folklife Center proudly welcome author Willy Vlautin to Elko on September 16 for Nevada Reads. Free and open to all: read more.

Featured Video

Jay Snider is an invited artist for our 36th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering! Here he recites Sunny Hancock's poem, "Bear Tale," at the 2009 Gathering.
Tickets for the 36th Gathering go on sale to Western Folklife Center members on September 3, and to the general public one month later. Join now and purchase early!

Featured Audio

In 2006, bouncing along an abandoned stretch of America’s first trans-continental highway in a Ford Model T, the Western Folklife Center’s Hal Cannon and Taki Telonidis were transported to the earliest days of car travel. They recorded the experience in a Deep West Radio Documentary radio episode for NPR. Listen to more episodes from the 200-2012 series.

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