26th Annual Trappings of the American West Exhibition & Sale

Celebrate this award-winning exhibition of contemporary painting, photography, bronze sculpture, and exquisitely crafted gear of the working cowboy. All work is available for purchase. Presented in partnership with Dry Creek Arts Fellowship.

Public Programs Schedule

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 also dedicated to presenting a series of public programs to further educational outreach.

Friday, September 1, 6 pm - 8 pm
26th Annual Trappings of the American West: Celebrate this award-winning exhibition of contemporary paintings, photography, bronze sculpture, and exquisitely crafted gear of the working cowboy with an exclusive Dry Creek Arts Fellowship and Museum of Northern Arizona Member Preview Sale and Artist Reception.

September 2 – 30 
Trappings Open to the Public: Museum open daily 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Sunday Noon – 5:00 PM.

Saturday, September 2, 1 pm - 2:30 pm
Rygh Westby: An American Cowboy Artist Painting the Life He’s Lived: Rygh Westby was a juried artist in the very first Trappings Exhibition in 1986. He and his family have lived all over the West, working cattle, training horses, and living the cowboy way. Rygh has some stories to tell in an interpretive lecture.

September 2, 9, 16, 23, 30  (Saturdays, 10 am - 4 pm)
Tricks of the Trade: Trappings artists will demonstrate their skilled trades in the exhibition gallery. This will include sculpture, boot-making, saddle-making, engraving, and painting. Each artist will be available to answer questions and demonstrate how they work their trades.
(Saturday 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM).

September 4 – 8
Leather Tooling Workshop: From the Saddlemakers Hall of Fame, Lisa and Loren Skyhorse will teach a Leather Tooling Workshop for fifteen participants in partnership with Native Americans for Community Action and the Cancer Centers of Northern Arizona.

Saturday, September 9, 1 pm - 2:30 pm
Riding the Rim: 15th Annual Cowboy Poetry Gathering: 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.

Saturday, September 16, 1 pm - 2:30 pm
Land Stewardship on the Colorado Plateau with a Golden Opportunity: Tom Koronkiewicz is an avain ecologist with SWCA Environmental Consultants. For the past four years, he’s been catching, tagging, and tracking golden eagles as they nest, soar, and hunt across the 750,000 acres of Babbitt Ranches. Tom will present an interpretive lecture about this important eagle study, based on one of the largest intact grasslands in the Southwest.

Saturday, September 23, 1 pm - 2:30 pm
From Flagstaff to France on Horseback: Clayson Benally (Diné) has lived in Flagstaff and toured many countries with his rock bands Black Fire, Sihasin, and traditional Navajo Dance Troupe: The Jones Benally Family. Clayson has been born and raised working with horses and last year he welcomed the opportunity to begin a relationship with the very special white horses of the Camargue. His interpretive lecture will include the rich Navajo traditions on horsemanship, his stories, and some of his methods of communicating with horses.

Sunday, September 24, 1 pm - 4 pm
Mustang Sunday: A Different Kind of Horsepower: In partnership with Flagstaff Cruisers, RT 66 Car Club, and Highland Rods & Rides, Ford Mustangs from vintage to present-day models will be on display in the Museum’s East parking lot. Club members will be onsite to answer any questions about their trusty high-powered steeds.

Saturday, September 30, 1 pm - 2:30 pm
Cowboy UP! Life Lessons from Lazy B: In 1880, Alan Day’s grandfather homesteaded the Lazy B Cattle Ranch. This dusty, dry tract of land produced a Supreme Court Justice, a lauded Arizona State Senator, and a career rancher cowboy, and land conservationist. Alan is a New York Times Bestselling Author and will share his new book about ranching life from the chuck wagon years of his childhood to his adult years of increasing bureaucracy, airplanes, and drones. At the heart of his stories lie adventures that most of us will never experience, as well as a deep love of the natural world.