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Greetings from the Northern Plains

 Photo by Jessica Brandi Lifland

Greetings from the Northern Plains

Wiegand Gallery
Western Folklife Center
501 Railroad Street, Elko Nevada

January 19-September 10, 2016

Opening Reception:
Thursday, January 28, 2016
(Members/Sponsors 3:30pm, open
to the Public 4:30pm-5:30pm)

Experience the arts of the Northern Plains in the Wiegand Gallery, as we present Greetings From the Northern Plains, a special exhibition for our 32nd National Cowboy Poetry Gathering; showcasing the premier visual artists and gearmakers of the region from the Rocky Mountains to the Dakotas and from the sandhills of Nebraska to the grasslands of Saskatchewan—celebrating what it means to be connected to earth, land and big sky county, a land of prairie and woodlands that is famous for short summers and punishing winters, but also for hardy people, excellent cattle, and fine bucking horses and bronc riders.

Greetings from the Northern Plains will include the works of photographers John Hanson, Terry Evans and Jessica Brandi Lifland (featured); visual artists Wally Badgett, Bill Lowman, Donald F. Montileaux and Wallace "Butch" Thunderhawk; quilters Vi Colombe and Yvonne Hollenbeck; and artisans Richard Brooks, Shawn Didyoung, Thea & Ed Disney, Vince Donley, Sarah Hagel, Whit Olson, Kaycee Orr-Hoffman, Slim McNaught, the Henry Real Bird family, Andy Stevens, Nate Wald, Kevin Willey and others.

This program is made possible through the invaluable support of the Nevada Arts Council, National Endowment for the Arts, ArtPlace America, Newmont Mining Corporation, Barrick Gold of North America, Inc., NV Energy and Byrns Painting, LLC.


Classic Characters: Badger Clark and Glenn Ohrllin

 The fireplace nook in the Pioneer Saloon

Classic Characters:
Badger Clark and Glenn Ohrlin

Fireplace Nook of the Pioneer Saloon
Western Folklife Center
501 Railroad Street, Elko Nevada

Opening January 19, 2016


Enjoy two intimate displays honoring National Heritage Fellow Glenn Ohrlin and cowboy poet Charles Badger Clark, drawn from the Western Folklife Center's archival collection.

The creative legacy of South Dakota's Badger Clark is highlighted as part of our Northern Plains theme for the 32nd Gathering, and on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the publishing of Clark's Sun and Saddle Leather poetry collection.

We also honor our friend Glenn Ohrlin, the inimitable cowboy songster, raconteur and national treasure who passed away in 2015, remembering him through a range of photos, drawings, recordings and other memorabilia.


Something That a Cowboy Knows

Alejandro Solis, Sr.

Something That a Cowboy Knows
Western Folklife Center
Lower Level
501 Railroad Street
Elko, Nevada

The Western Folklife Center presents Something That a Cowboy Knows, a photographic essay by L.L. Griffin, a Denver-area artist and photographer. Through her photographs L.L. Griffin provides insight into the character and spirit of cowboy poets, singers and storytellers of the American West.