Events Calendar

2017 Trappings of the American West

Schedule of Events will be Posted Soon

September 1-30

Museum of Northern Arizona, Flagstaff

~ 2016 Public Programs for 25th Annual Trappings of the American West ~

Museum of Northern Arizona, Flagstaff

September 10-18, 2016

September 9, Member Preview Sale and Artist Reception


As a signature, destination event in Arizona, Trappings has achieved regional, national, and international recognition for preserving time-honored traditions of American craftsmanship. The Dry Creek Arts Fellowship is dedicated to presenting valuable public programs to further educational outreach.

September 9   Members Preview 25th Annual Trappings of the American West   (6:00 – 8:00 PM) opens with a Dry Creek Arts Fellowship and Museum of Northern Arizona Member Preview Sale and Artist Reception. As a benefit of Membership all guests, including artists, will receive an exhibition catalog free of charge. To receive an invitation to the Member Preview Sale and special program information, contact The Dry Creek Arts Fellowship: dcaf20@ or 928-774-8861 and like us on Facebook!

September 10 – 18   Trappings open to the Public   (10:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Sunday Noon – 5:00 PM)

September 10 & 11   Tricks of the Trade   (Saturday 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM, Sunday Noon – 4:00 PM)   Trappings artists will demonstrate their skilled trades in the exhibition gallery. This will include boot-making and saddle-making.

September 10    Trappings of a Horse Culture I    (1:30 – 3:00 PM)   A forum that explores the contemporary horse cultures of Hawaii, Southern Arizona/Mexico, Siberia and Peru. Visual presentations will be combined with cultural history and contemporary practice. Guest speakers will include Dr. Eugene Balzer – Hawaii (Trappings Artist & Retired Professor of Photography from NAU) Nancy Erger – Hawaii (Production Coordinator for the film industry of the Hawaiian Islands), Lisa and Loren Skyhorse – Siberia and Peru (Trappings Artist’s & Members of the Saddlemakers Hall of Fame).

September 10   Lunch on the Patio with Wil’s Grill   (11:30 AM – 1:00 PM)

September 10   Riding the Rim: 14thAnnual Cowboy Poetry Gathering    (11:00 AM – 12:30 PM) Poets from around the state will stir up the air as only cowboys can with poetry, song, and open range entertainment. This gathering brings the Arizona cowboy into perspective, looking at stereotypes, the history of the cowboy in the state, and also the living tradition.

September 11   Photographing the Grand Canyon: Where, When and How to Capture the Best Photograph with Gary Ladd    (2:00 – 3:30 PM)   Who could have imagined today’s cameras? Stand on the rim of Grand Canyon and you’ll see big DSLR-video recorders, tiny sports movie cameras, point and shoot cameras, phone cameras, tablet cameras, even some of those rare devices that just snap pictures! But the problem remains, how do you best portray the drama of Grand Canyon? Gary Ladd’s new book from Grand Canyon Association, Photographing Grand Canyon, shows you where to be at sunrise, how to emphasize depth and scale and why the “rule of thirds” is useful but not sacrosanct. After Gary’s fifty years of imaging Grand Canyon from top to bottom he has more to say about Grand Canyon’s photos from its rim.

September 11    Music in the Courtyard by Chris Brashear & his Group    (4:00 – 5:00 PM)

September 17 & 18   Tricks of the Trade   (Saturday 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM, Sunday Noon – 4:00 PM)   Trappings artists will demonstrate their skilled trades in the exhibition gallery. This will include boot-making and saddle-making.

September 17   Donald Ware Gallery Talk with Curt Walters    (11 AM – Noon) World renowned artist Curt Walters will give a personal tour and discussion of his retrospective exhibition in the Donald Ware Gallery. Curt captures the Grand Canyon in all its glory, depth, and spectacular beauty.

September 17   Lunch on the Patio with Wil’s Grill (11:30 AM – 1:00 PM)

September 17  Trappings of a Horse Culture II  (1:00 – 2:30 PM) A visual and interactive dialog between two photo journalists’ who have traveled the world seeking exciting adventures on horseback. Gail Steiger, whose family has been chasing cows in Yavapai County for over 100 years, has documented horse culture in the France, Hungary, Brazil, and Argentina. David Edwards will add to the program, with some of his National Geographic Magazine award-winning images and oral history of the Kazakh Eagle Hunters of Western Mongolia.

September 18   Last day of the 25th Annual Trappings of the American West!!