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Opening Reception Thursday, February 1, 2018
Special Reception with Jean Earl June 28, 2018

The Western Folklife Center’s Wiegand Gallery features exhibitions offering a glimpse of the rich cultural legacy of “Basque country,” both in the rural American West and abroad.  Please see the daily schedule for reception times, location and more.

  Jean Moore Earl and Phillip I. Earl,     Man on Horse      ,      EM,    Wax-on-muslin rubbing, 1982 (Genoa Peak), Carver Etienne Maizcorena

Jean Moore Earl and Phillip I. Earl, Man on Horse, EM, Wax-on-muslin rubbing, 1982 (Genoa Peak), Carver Etienne Maizcorena

The Mountain Picassos: Basque Arborglyphs of the Great Basin
January – March 6, 2018

Join collector and curator Jean Earl for an illustrated tour of the discovery of "Mountain Picassos," distinctive figures carved by sheepherders into aspen trees in the high mountain meadows of the Great Basin: 

Thursday, June 28, 2018: 5:30 - 6:30 pm, Free
in the Western Folklife Center Wiegand Gallery

Explore the unexpected intersection of art, culture and nature with this rare opportunity to see intimate personal images carved by Basque sheepherders in the aspen groves of the Great Basin during the early 20th century. No hiking required!

Jean and Phillip Earl have done the backcountry exploration, documenting their findings along the way with rubbings.

Curated by Sheryln HayesZorn (Nevada Historical Society) and Patricia A. Atkinson (Nevada Arts Council Folklife Program), in consultation with the UNR Center for Basque Studies and Jean and Phillip Earl.

MOUNTAIN PICASSOS: Basque Arborglyphs of the Great Basin is part of the Nevada Touring Initiative–Traveling Exhibition Program. It was funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts and the State of Nevada. The Nevada Arts Council is a division of the Department of Tourism and Cultural Affairs.

Presented by the Western Folklife Center in partnership with the Nevada Historical Society, and the Folklife Program and the Nevada Touring Initiative/Traveling Exhibition Program of the Nevada Arts Council.

Abel Mendeguia, by Linda Dufurrena     *     Skeeter Clark, by Mary Williams Hyde     *     Joan Arrizabalaga, by Zoe Bray

Portraits speak volumes. Our portrait library draws on multiple mediums, from historic to contemporary. Gathered together are favorite images from ranching family photo albums in a revolving “slide show” that includes evocative oil portraits by artist Zoe Bray, contemporary photographic documentation by Linda Dufurrena and Mary Williams Hyde, a video story by Carolyn and Linda Dufurrena, and more. Objects speak volumes too, you say? Handcrafted and lovingly used items from local ranches and homes will play a role in this visual tribute to Basque immigrants and their families.

Bertsolaritza, Basque Improvised Poetry
January – September, 2018

Dueling poets? And arena-sized audiences? Learn more about this sung improvised poetry tradition, an important cultural expression for the Basque people. And cheer on our special guests from the Basque Country and the U.S. who will be dueling it out during the Gathering. This exhibition of images, video and text was curated and produced by the Jon Bilbao Basque Library, University of Nevada, Reno.

Also in the Wiegand Gallery, February 1 - 3, 2018:


Thursday, February 1, 11:00am-1:00pm, Wiegand Gallery, Western Folklife Center
Friday, February 2, 10:00am-12:00pm, Wiegand Gallery, Western Folklife Center

Doug began braiding rawhide at the age of 19 as a means to own quality horse gear for his daily work. He learned the art of braiding from various cowboys and gearmakers and has been generously passing those skills along to others, including through workshops at the Gathering.


Want to know more about Basques in the American West? Visit companion exhibitions at the Northeastern Nevada Museum and the Cowboy Arts and Gear Museum.


Special thanks to individuals contributing to exhibitions through the Western Folklife Center Stakeholder Program, the E.L. Cord Foundation and:

The Artwork of Theodore Waddell and Lynn Campion
Fireplace Nook, Pioneer Saloon
January – May, 2018

The 2018 Gathering poster artist, Theodore Waddell and his wife, photographer and writer Lynn Campion, curated an intimate exhibition of their combined creative work. Sheep, cattle and horses take center stage in their collection of paintings, lithographs and photographs. Theodore’s abstract impressionistic renderings are a perfect counterpart to Lynn’s photographic eye. Waddell and Campion divide their time between their ranches and studios in Sheridan, Montana, and Hailey, Idaho. Featured artwork and books by both Waddell and Campion are available for purchase in the Western Folklife Center Gift Shop.

G Three Bar Theater and Elevator Lobby

Take a moment to admire the original artwork and photography by local students that adorns the walls of the theater and lobby. Our youths' imagination, creativity and craftsmanship were set to work interpreting this year's theme of Horse Stories. Artwork is on view until April 2018, with a free public reception on March 28, 2018, from 4:30-6:30 pm.


Please refer to the official Gathering schedule for exhibition-related programming at the Western Folklife Center and other venues during the Gathering.