Western art shows
2017 SLOPOKE Sculpture award to Pat Roberts

From the organizers:

The SLOPOKE* Show and Sale of Contemporary Art of the West comes to Monty and Pat Roberts’ Flag Is Up Farms in Solvang, California, October 6–7, 2018, bringing artists and collectors together in the Santa Ynez Valley and filling the empty boots of the popular Peppertree Art Show.

This juried art show features 31 nationally and internationally acclaimed artists of the West including paintings by Cliff Barnes, Keith Batcheller, Thomas Blackshear II, Cheri Capello, Gloria Chadwick, Nancy Davidson, Robert DeLeon, Alexi Fine, Lisa Johnson-McLoughlin, Valery Kagounkin, Regina Lyubovnaya, Tamara Magdalina, Chuck Middlekauff, Vel Miller, John Peterson, Margo Petterson, Baron Postmus, Denise Rich, Grace Schlesier, Greg Singley, Ezra Tucker, Ann White, and Karen Winters; drawings by Joe Milazzo, sculptures by Bill Churchill, Errol Gordon, Diane Keltner, Vic Riesau, Pat Roberts, Scott Rogers, and photography by Tom Burgher.

Western art showsGayle Garner Roski, fine artist and native of Los Angeles, serves as jurist. Her own artwork hangs in the Autry Museum’s Annual Masters of the American West Fine Art Exhibition, and she serves on the executive boards of the Los Angeles Cathedral, the prestigious California Art Club, and the University of California Roski School of Fine Art, which bears her name.

Chuck Middlekauff, “Runnin’ on Empty,” watercolor and acrylic on paper on canvas, 40 x 30 in.

Proceeds from a live auction on Saturday afternoon will fund scholarships to Monte Roberts’ Join-Up International Horse Sense and Healing Workshops for veterans and first responders who are suffering from post-traumatic stress.

Artists and collectors loved the SLOPOKE’s predecessor, the Peppertree Art Show. Under the guidance of Irma Eubanks, and her husband Bob (of “The Newlywed Game”), the Peppertree Art Show packed a barn on their ranch with Western art and art lovers for 33 years. After Irma’s death in 2002, Bob turned the show over to their son Trace Eubanks, who continued the event until 2008, when Bob sold the Peppertree Ranch.

Western art showsA few years after the last Peppertree show, several Peppertree artists, who had noticed a pent-up demand for a big Western fine art exhibition and sale in the Santa Ynez Valley, approached Tom and Sherie Burgher, owners of Seaside Gallery in Pismo Beach, California, with the challenge to start a new show.

In 2011 the SLOPOKE started out as a multiple-artist show, featuring Western artists at the gallery. Then in 2016, the SLOPOKE became a stand-alone public art show. Growing each year to become a first-rate national event for Western artists and collectors, the SLOPOKE now stands as the only Western art show in Santa Barbara County. This brings us to 2018, the SLOPOKE’s 8th Annual Show and Sale of Contemporary Art of the West at Flag Is Up Farms.

*Established in 2011, SLOPOKE got its unique name from SLO (for San Luis Obispo County, California) POKE (think: cowpoke) Western Art (obvious) and Rodeo (Spanish for an exhibition of skills).

For more information, please visit www.the-slopoke.com.


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