Western Folklife Center Hosts Exhibition Opening Reception



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Western Folklife Center Hosts Exhibition Opening Reception October 30

Elko, NV—The Western Folklife Center will host an opening reception for the exhibitions in the Wiegand Gallery, Saturday, October 30, from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm. Currently, 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 during the reception to discuss his work. Admission to the Gallery will be free all day and food and drinks will be served. These exhibitions will remain on display through December 11. The Western Folklife Center's Wiegand Gallery also features interactive displays including our popular Deep West Videos installation, Cowboy Music Jukebox, Why the Cowboy Sings high definition video, and Cowboy Poetry Listening Station.

Also on Saturday, October 30, the Western Folklife Center and Utah State University's Special Collections & Archives invite ranchers, cowboys, ranch hands and all other Elko County residents to a Community Open House from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. USU staff will be at the Western Folklife Center to work with those in attendance to collect and preserve their 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.

The mission of the Western Folklife Center is to enhance the vitality of American life through the experience, understanding, and appreciation of the diverse cultural heritage of the American West.

Photos available upon request.