Trappings of the American West

November 9 - December 1, 2019

The Desert Caballeros Western Museum and the Dry Creek Arts Fellowship present the 27th annual exhibition of contemporary painting, photography, bronze sculpture, and exquisitely crafted gear of the working cowboy. All work is available for purchase.



As a signature destination event in Arizona, Trappings of the American West has achieved regional, national, and international recognition for presenting 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. Come join us! All programs are included with paid Museum admission.

Sat. Nov. 9, 16, 23, 30|Tricks of the Trade: Artist Demonstrations | 11am – 4pm
Trappings’ artists will demonstrate their skilled trades in the exhibition gallery. This will include boot-making, engraving, sculpture, and painting. Each artist will be available to answer questions and demonstrate how they work their trades.
A behind the scenes look at the making of epic Western movies from the point of view of an Emmy award winning Costume Designer. Cathy Smith walks us through a day in the life of the filming of Dances with Wolves – how costumes are designed, life on the set, and the importance of authenticity in costumes, sets, and props.
To Arizona cowpunchers the Spanish word orejana refers to an ownerless, unbranded bovine old enough to quit its mother; in other words a maverick. Award winning journalist and Trappings photographer Kathy McCraine is one of very few people allowed to photograph on this iconic Arizona ranch.
Sat. Nov. 16|The Wild Sable IslandHorses | 1pm – 2:30pm
As the official horse of Nova Scotia, Canada, the Sable Island horse was first released on the treeless 20 mile long island in the late 18th century. Today the horses are untamed and untouched, and have survived against all odds. World renowned Trappings photographer Bev Pettit has trekked to this windswept island multiple times by air and sea that is home to over 500 wild horses.
Wilbur-Cruce Horse historians Maureen Kirk-Detberner and Esha Mork will present their documentary work on the living legend, Arizona’s Wilbur-Cruce horse. They are Padre Kino’s horses, the ArizonaState Heritage horse, and a strain of Colonial Spanish horse. Their combination of great beauty, athleticism, and historic importance, makes this breed a huge contributor to Arizona’s Western heritage.