Please join us in Elko to celebrate Nevada Day, Saturday October 30th at the Western Folklife Center’s Wiegand Gallery for an Artists Reception from 4:00 – 6:00 pm for my “Where the Cowboy Once Roamed” show. Trish and I hope you can make it and look forward to seeing you there! The Western Folklife Center has many activities throughout the day during their Community Open House and all are welcome. Details below.
Looking for a meaningful way to celebrate Nevada Day weekend with your family and friends? The Western Folklife Center and Utah State University’s Special Collections & Archives invites ranchers, cowboys, ranch hands and other Elko County residents to a Community Open House on Saturday, October 30, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. USU staff will be at the on hand to collect and preserve stories, photographs, diaries, letters and other documents reflecting ranch and rural life. The day will be dedicated to sharing everyday stories of life in northern Nevada so current and future generations may enjoy them.
Do you have photographs and documents you want to preserve and share with others? Bring 20 of your favorite images to the Open House. We will scan them, collect information and send you home with your originals plus digital copies to easily share and print. We are especially interested in photographs that depict the story of ranching today including people, buildings and activities. The scanned images will become part of the USU Special Collections & Archives’ Ranch Family Documentation Project. The USU librarians will also share some of the best ways to store your photographs and other valued documents so future generations can enjoy your images and stories.
The Western Folklife Center’s Wiegand Gallery will be open during the Open House with free admission all day. There are three exhibitions in the Gallery: Ranch Gates of the Southwest—a photographic look at one of the most recognizable cultural artifacts of Americana, representing the people and landscapes of the American West; Where the Cowboy Once Roamed—an exhibition of black and white panoramic images created by Nevada photographer Deon Reynolds using a Kodak Fun Saver Panoramic 35 disposable camera; and, A Tribute to the Brian Winter Will James Collection—an exhibition featuring original artwork and classic books by renowned artist and author Will James. Deon Reynolds, photographer for Where the Cowboy Once Roamed will be on hand to discuss his work during an exhibit reception scheduled from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm. Food and drinks will be served throughout the day.
Special thanks to Utah State University Merrill-Cazier Library; Brad Cole, Associate Dean Special Collections and Archives; Dan Davis, Photograph Curator; and Randy Williams, Folklore Curator & Oral History Specialist. Thanks also to the Utah Humanities Council, Utah Division of State History and the Union Pacific Foundation. This project is funded, in part, by a grant from the Nevada Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Union Pacific Foundation.
I began exploring ideas and images for ‘Where the Cowboys Once Roamed’ when I was creating scenic photos for the coffee table book ‘NEVADA’. Originally, I was captivated by the beautiful landscapes of the high desert. Though, during my travels through the state I found evidence of an era gone by and realized it was deteriorating rather quickly. Around that same time, I began playing with Kodak “Funsaver Panoramic 35” disposable cameras and found the format complimented the landscape while the low-fi camera quality evoked a sense of history creating the perfect look for my new found, disintegrating subject matter.
Western Folklife Center
501 Railroad Street, Elko, Nevada
Located in the Historic Pioneer Hotel
Open Monday – Friday 10:00 am – 5:30 pm.
Open Saturday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm.
Closed Sundays and Holidays.