The Cattlemen’s Western Art Show and Sale is celebrating 29 years this weekend at the Paso Robles Event Center. Fifty artists will be showing their latest work and telling the stories that keep the cowboy spirit alive from March 29-31.
“We have come a long way since that handful of artists gathered and pulled it all together with the help of the San Luis Obispo Cattlemen’s Association founders Jackie and Larry Bees joined with Jo Ann Switzer, Jerry White, Pete Clark, Dick Nock, and countless others to make this show ‘A Major Cultural Event,’” organizers stated.
This year’s featured artist is Vicki Catapano, who specializes in authentic Western Realism.
Over decades of professional experience, Catapano has become one of the premier artists in the Western Art field. Her work is in high demand and very collectible. It combines a mastery of brushstroke and color, exquisite realism in portraiture and subjects, and authenticity in the Western elements.
From the details in the hand-braided hackamore of the Buckaroo to the beadwork in the Native American regalia, her work displays a passion and care in preserving the ways of the Old West.
Her authenticity stems from years of working cattle in the mountains of Los Osos. Mentoring by Hank Peterson provided her foundation in the spade bit tradition of horse training. Simultaneously, her education in animal husbandry at California Polytechnic State University explains her delicate and accurate portrayal of livestock and wildlife.
Her focus on painting the Buckaroo began in Fallon, Nev. While working at a cattle ranch and at the livestock auction yard, she captured the nuances of the Western lifestyle around her.
Ernie Morris has also been a significant influence in her understanding of the Buckaroo tradition. His extensive literature on the subject, along with direct conversations is another part of her foundation in authentic Western Art.
Vicki explains, “It was also in Fallon that I was introduced to the local native American tribes. They stimulated a passion inside me that brought my senses alive. Inspiration came from their respect for and connection with Mother Earth. I was excited by the way the light fell over their regalia and the traditions they have followed for centuries. My native American subjects are primarily children and warriors. Their dignity and grace defy my tools of brush, canvas
Friday Night Reception, March 29
Preview and Sale from 5 to 9 p.m.
No-host bar and wine tasting featuring 15 area wineries.
Artist’s Wine and Hors d’oeuvre Reception, $20 per person. Tickets available at the door.
Admission is free all
Cattlemen’s BBQ Saturday and Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., $10 per plate.