Events Calendar

27th Annual Trappings of the American West at the Desert Caballeros Western Museum

21 N. Frontier Street, Wickenburg, AZ 85390(928) 684-2272

November 9 – December 1, 2019, the 27th Annual Trappings of the American West Exhibition & Sale will be presented by the Dry Creek Arts Fellowship in a new and exciting collaboration with the Desert Caballeros Western Museum.


Trappings of the American West * Public Programs November 9 – 30, 2019

As a signature destination event in Arizona, Trappings of the American West has achieved regional, national, and international recognition for presenting time-honored traditions of American craftsmanship. The Dry Creek Arts Fellowship is also dedicated to presenting a series of public programs to further educational outreach. Come join us!


Tricks of the Trade: Artist Demonstrations Saturdays: November 9, 16, 23, 30, 11am – 4pmTrappings’ artists will demonstrate their skilled trades in the exhibition gallery. This will include boot-making, engraving, sculpture, and painting. Each artist will be available to answer questions and demonstrate how they work their trades.

Orejana Outfit: Arizona’s Historic ORO Ranch Booksigning Saturday November 9, 11am

To Arizona cowpunchers the Spanish word orejana refers to an ownerless, unbranded bovine old enough to quit its mother; in other words a maverick. Award winning journalist and Trappings photographer Kathy McCraine is one of very few people allowed to photograph on this iconic Arizona ranch.

The Demise of Tonto or Hollywood meets the Sioux Saturday November 9, 1– 2:30pm

A behind the scenes look at the making of epic Western movies from the point of view of an Emmy award winning Costume Designer. Cathy Smith walks us through a day in the life of the filming of Dances with Wolves – how costumes are designed, life on the set, and the importance of authenticity in costumes, sets, and props.

The Wild Sable Island Horses Saturday November 16, 1 – 2:30pm As the official horse of Nova Scotia, Canada, the Sable Island horse was first released on the treeless 20 mile long island in the late 18th century. Today the horses are untamed and untouched, and have survived against all odds. World-renowned Trappings photographer Bev Pettit has trekked to this windswept island multiple times by air and sea that is home to over 500 wild horses.

The Wilbur-Cruce Colonial Spanish Horse – Arizona’s 1st Horse Saturday November 23, 1– 2:30pm

Wilbur-Cruce Horse historians Maureen Kirk-Detberner and Esha Mork will present their documentary work on the living legend, Arizona’s Wilbur-Cruce horse. They are Padre Kino’s horses, the Arizona

State Heritage horse, and a strain of Colonial Spanish horse. Their combination of great beauty, athleticism, and historic importance, makes this breed a huge contributor to Arizona’s Western heritage.

Spurs and other Talking Iron Saturday November 30, 1 – 2:30 pm

“I’ve got spurs that jingle, jangle, jingle.” – so goes the old tune from tin pan alley. But a good pair of spurs can do more than sing a Broadway ditty; they can write you a whole book if you know how to read it. Join a sturdy stock of Trappings artists in a gallery tour and discussion of their work. A visit to Jimmy Harrison’s Double H Custom Hat shop will also be part of the program.

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