Bit & spur maker/Western silversmith, Ernie Marsh. H/t Wyoming Arts Council.
(Thermopolis, Wyo.) Wanting to take a road trip sometime between August 5th and 6th? Take a trip down to Thermopolis, WY, to experience the Big Horn Basin Folk Festival where, this year, the Wyoming Arts Council will be setting up camp. And with them? A group of master artists and their apprentices who will be demonstrating their crafts, or performing during the festival.
According to a press release from the Wyoming Arts Council, master craftsmen have received help from the council for over a decade through the Mentoring Project Grants program. As the Wyoming Arts Council states, these are some of the best artists, artisans, skilled crafts persons, musicians, and story tellers in Wyoming. The Mentoring Project Grants program facilitates the craftsmen in taking on apprentices to teach their individual, specific skills, preserving the arts through the generations.
Here is a list of craftsmen that are expected to be seen at the 2017 Big Horn Basin Folk Festival, courtesy of the Wyoming Arts Council:
– Steve Dabbs, Sheridan, saddles/trees
– Marcus Dewey, Arapahoe, Northern Arapaho Beadwork
– Gloria Goggles and Jennifer Runs through Lodge, Fort Washakie, parfleche
– Leanne Linnell, Riverton, and Brook Miller, Shoshoni, horsehair hitching
– Darrell and Tyson Lone Bear, Wind River Reservation, making and performing Arapaho hand drums
– Tom Lucas, Lander, Bighorn sheep horn bows
– Ernie Marsh, Lovell, and James Guyllon, Jeffrey City, silversmithing
– Jack Mease, Lander, and Mila Ready, Hudson, rawhide braiding
– Von Ringler and Alex Whisler, Powell, leatherwork
– Mt. Sinai Jewish Dancers, Cheyenne
For more information on the 2017 Big Horn Basin Folk Festival you can email the Wyoming Arts Council Folk and Tradition Arts Specialist, Anne Hatch at firstname.lastname@example.org, call (307) 777-7721, or click here.