Western Folklife Center Celebrates Exhibitions

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Western Folklife Center Celebrates Exhibitions

with Printmaking Workshop and Reception

Elko, NV—To prepare for the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering, exhibitions in the Western Folklife Center’s Wiegand Gallery are coming down on December 19 but not before the Folklife Center hosts a workshop and celebration for the Elko community on Saturday, December 7.

Printmaking Workshop

Tuscarora artist Sidne Teske will present a hands-on printmaking workshop from 9:30 am to 2:30 pm at the Western Folklife Center. Students will learn a simple three-color printmaking technique and will create 6-10 unique prints that are perfect for gifts, cards or framing.

Nationally recognized artist Sidne Teske has experience in several printmaking techniques as well as teaching people of all skill levels. She has been making art professionally since 1980. Primarily working with soft pastels, Teske works on location (en plein air), depicting landscape with vibrant, energetic originality. She has received many awards and honors, maintains a full schedule of shows, and teaches plein air painting workshops around the country. Teske has been a member of the prestigious women’s art group, the Wild Women, since 1995.

The workshop complements the Western Folklife Center’s current exhibition, Words + Images: Broadsides of the Black Rock Press, which features beautiful examples of professional printmaking. The workshop will cover designing, making simple plates and multiple printing of images.Workshop participants will leave with basic skills and a resource list to continue at home and or in their classrooms. Space is limited and advance registration is required. The workshop is $30 and is offered at below cost, thanks to the Western Folklife Center’s generous supporters. To register, call the Western Folklife Center at 775-738-7508.

Exhibition Celebration

Also on Saturday, December 7, from 3:30 to 5:30 pm, the Western Folklife Center will host a reception to bid farewell to Words + Images: Broadsides of the Black Rock Press and its other current exhibition, Italian Buckaroos: New World. This will be a great opportunity to meet up with new and old friends and warm up with festive Italian food and drink. As part of the celebration, Italian-American families living in the Elko area are invited to attend and put their family names and home places on maps of Italy and Nevada. The reception is free and open to the public, as is admission to the Gallery on that afternoon and evening.

Words + Images: Broadsides of the Black Rock Press is a traveling exhibition of 34 broadsides produced at the Black Rock Press at the University of Nevada, Reno, using the letterpress process with handset type and relief plates. Since it was founded more that 40 years ago, the Black Rock Press has been dedicated to the practice and teaching of the arts and crafts associated with the creation of finely printed books. Black Rock Press now has a national reputation for its outstanding work and has become a living museum of traditional printing technology.

Curated by Bob Blesse and organized by the Nevada Arts Council, Words + Images: Broadsides from the Black Rock Press, is part of the Nevada Touring Initiative–Traveling Exhibition Program. The printmaking workshop and exhibition are funded, in part, by the Nevada Arts Council, a state agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. The exhibition is also funded by Nevada Humanities, the Nevada State Legislature and an anonymous donor.

The Italian Buckaroos: New World exhibition focuses on Italian-American gearmakers and northern Nevada families who continue to ranch, and features their family photographs and treasured old-country items that connect them to their Italian heritage. In the early 1900s, several waves of Italians traveled to the United States and settled in the American West. Many of these immigrants, largely from northern Italy, continued the traditions of their ancestors and took up ranching in northern Nevada and other western states. Northeastern Nevada ranching families represented in the exhibition include the Tomera, Mori, Baroni, Buzzetti, Salicchi, Filippini, Biancani, Aiazzi, Capriola, Cerri, Isola, Pacini, Pasquale, Ramasco, and Bottari families.

The Italian Buckaroos: New World exhibition and related programming is presented with support from Red’s Ranch, the Eldorado Hotel Casino, Barrick Gold of North America, The E.L. Cord Foundation, the Nevada Arts Council, a state agency, the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency, and others.

The Western Folklife Center is dedicated to exploring, presenting and preserving the diverse and dynamic cultural heritage of the American West. We celebrate the wisdom, artistry and ingenuity of western folkways through exhibitions, educational programs, national radio and television programs, research and preservation projects, our website, and our premier event, the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering. We nurture connections among rural and ranching cultures globally, exploring universal themes in working traditions and artistic expression, which we believe are vital links to the past, present and future of the American West.

Photos available upon request.