Trappings of Texas 2017 Schedule of Events

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1935 Roundup at the 06 Ranch. Photo by W. D. Smithers. Museum of the Big Bend Collections, Sul Ross State University, Alpine, Texas.

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Exhibit & Sale Dates

April 20 – May 28, 2017

Thursday, April 20

Preview & After Preview Party

For the connoisseur of Custom Cowboy Gear & Western Art


Museum of the Big Bend
on the campus of Sul Ross State University
5 to 7 p.m.

Enjoy this exclusive and intimate opportunity to view Trappings first! This is the only opportunity to pre-register as a buyer, obtain your Buyer’s Ballot Book and begin dropping ballots in advance. All of the art and gear is offered through a fixed price sale. This means prices are established by the artists and are posted next to each work. Starting this evening, you may begin placing ballot slips in the Ballot Boxes for your chance to purchase art and gear.



Hosted by the Century Bar & Grill at the Holland Hotel
209 West Holland Avenue
6 to 8 p.m.

The Century Bar & Grill, located the in the Holland Hotel in the heart of Alpine, is graciously hosting you in their hacienda style courtyard under the high desert West Texas skies. What a great way to kick off the Trappings of Texas Weekend as we will say hello to old friends and welcome new! A generous array of appetizers will be served with a cash bar available. If you are interested in a seated dinner afterwards, advanced reservations are strongly recommended by calling the Century Bar & Grill at 432.837.1922.


Tickets $50 per person

Friday, April 21


On the campus of Sul Ross State University
Location to be determined

The Fine Art of Leatherwork

Presented by Brady Bolton of Gardendale, Texas
10 a.m. to 12 noon

Colored Pencil Presentation and Deomonstration

Presented by Kathryn Leitner of Kingfisher, Oklahoma
1 to 3 p.m.

All demos will be available for purchase.

Grand Opening Exhibit, Sale & Reception

Best Party in the Big Bend

Museum of the Big Bend

on the campus of Sul Ross State University
6 to 9 p.m.

Join the excitement and fun that the Trappings of Texas Grand Opening Exhibit, Sale and Reception is known for! Register to become a buyer and receive a Buyer’s Ballot Book. Find the works you want to purchase and drop your ballot before 7:45 p.m. All evening, enjoy great food and drinks while visiting with Trappings artists along with new and old friends. Listen for the sound of an air horn as the sale closes and find out if your ballot has been drawn!


Tickets $50 per person

Saturday, April 22

Chuck Wagon Breakfast & Metal Work Demonstration

Hosted by Big Bend Saddlery

2701 East Highway 90
8 a.m.

Over thirty years ago Gary Dunshee, co-owner of Big Bend Saddlery, saw the potential for creating a custom cowboy gear and Western art event in Alpine, and turned that idea into reality. Gary continues his support of Trappings of Texas by hosting one of the best traditional chuck wagon breakfasts in the area! Fresh cowboy coffee hot off the fire, along with a hearty breakfast is a great way to start your day. And while there enjoy:

The Art of the Jeweler’s Saw
with Mike Pardue of Midland, Texas

Join craftsman Mike Pardue as he demonstrates the art of the jeweler’s saw in creating custom silverwork. Feared by some, adored by others, the jeweler’s saw is one of the most inexpensive jewelry tools available, yet it is often misunderstood. Mike will create and cut metal initials that can be added to a key ring or a necklace. In addition, he will talk about and show the parts and pieces used in buckle making.

All demos will be available for purchase.


Free of Charge; Reservations are Requested for Breakfast.


Trappings of Texas Ranch Round-Up

Historic Nevill Ranch

6 pm

Experience an authentic West Texas ranch party at the historic Nevill Ranch. The ranch was established in 1891 by retired Texas Ranger Captain R. L. Nevill along Calamity Creek near Elephant Mountain in south Brewster County. Begin your evening with cocktails and appetizers while visiting with old and new friends. Then enjoy a great BBQ dinner under majestic cottonwood trees.


No better way to wrap up your Trappings Weekend while supporting the Museum of the Big Bend!


Tickets $150 per person