SLOPOKE 2018 ALBUM

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A Review of the SLOPOKE 2018: A Fine Art of the West Exhibition and Sale.

A PhotoAlbum andReport

onthe

8thAnnualSLOPOKE

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SolvangCalifornia

October5-7,2019


SLOPOKE2018 aimstorecreateaqualityfineartshowintheSantaYnezValeytoreplacetheonceverypopular

PeppertreeArtShow.Itwasstagedinthe25,000sq.ftRidingArenaatFlagIsUpFarms.

SLOPOKE2018

The8thAnnualSLOPOKEArtoftheWestExhibitionandSalewasheldatFlagIsUpFarms,thethoroughbredhorseranchof

MontyRoberts,theHorseWhispererandPatRoberts,anaccomplishedhorsewomanandsculptor,inSolvang,California.Awards

werepresentedataFridayeveningReceptionfortheArtistsandtheshowopenedtothepubliconSaturdayandSunday,

October6thand7th

ConcertguitaristJonStephenprovidedoriginalmusiconbothdays,withOpoloVineyardsprovidingwineandCaliforniaTacos

providingfood.OnSaturday,abrieffineartauctionwasconductedbyprofesionalauctioneerJim Glinestoraisefundsforthe

Join-UpInternational,a501(c)3whichsupportsfree3-dayHorseSenseandHealingworkshopsforveteransandfirst

responderswithposttraumaticstresinjuries.

Over100visitorssignedtheregisterandanother45purchasedticketsinadvance.Artsaleswerestrongwithapproximately

40%oftheartistspresentselingart;severalsoldmultipleworks,and3bronzesculpturesweresoldattheshow.Visitorspraised

thevenueandthequalityoftheart,artistsandpresentation.Examples:

.“MydaughterandIatendedtheevent,whichIthoughtwasbeautifulydone.Theartwasamazing.Iamsopleasedyouwilbedoiung

itagainnextyear.Thankyousomuchforpromotinggreatart.”.P.D.

.

“Ihaveatendedmanyartshowsovertheyears,butinspiteofthetalentandskiloftheartistsrepresented,Ifoundthatonlyabout

one-thirdappealedtome.IfoundalmostaltheartpresentedatSLOPOIKE2018tobeappealing.”.K.R.

Over400renownedartistswereinvitedtoapplyfortheSLOPOKEand31artistwerejuriedintotheeventthisyear.Thesize

oftheSLOPOKEisdeliberatelylimiredtoapproximately25+/-superiorartistsforthebenefitofartcolectorswhocanbeter

comprehendandgettoknowtheseartistsastheyconsideranacquisition.SLOPOKE2018AwardrecipientsincludedEzraTucker,

ThomasBlackshear,NancyDavidson,andVicRiesau.JuryingwashandledbyFeaturedArtistGayleGarnerRoskiandTom Burgher.


SLOPOKE2018ARTISTS

L-RBack:GregSingley,ValkeriyKagounkin,ScotRogers,JohnPeterson,KeithBatcheler,DeniseRich,

VicRiesau,ThomasBlackshear,ClifBarnes,ChuckMiddlekauf,EzraTucker

L-RFront:ReginaLyubovnaya,TamaraMagdalina,AnnWhite,PatRoberts,NancyDavidson,GloriaChadwick,

DianeKeltner,GraceSchlesier,KarenWinters,RobertDeLeon,AlexiFine,SherieBurgher,TomBurgher

(CheriCappelo,GayleRoski,VelMilernotavailableforGroupPhotograph)


ThomasBlackshearwonBestofShowfor

hismixedmedia“SunHawk”

BestPaintingAwardwenttoNancyDavidsonfor

herdepictionofimpatienthorses“WaitingAgain.”

“OneOrneryCriter”byVicRiesau

wonBestSculpture

TheArtistsChoiceAwardsponsoredby

WesternArtandArchitecturewaspresentedto

EzraTuckerforhisbeautifulpaintingsofwildlife


SLOPOKE2018 ART AUCTION

Artauctionsoutsidethesphereofthoseheldbythelargestauctionhousesarevery

dificulttoaccomplish.Nevertheles,inordertobuildsomeexcitementandcontribute

toaworthycharity,weincorporatedafineartauctionintothescheduleofevents.

OnSaturday,afineartauctionof9-lotswasconductedbyprofesionalauctioneeer

Jim Glinesandhisteam ofspotersasafundraiserfor501(c)3Join-UpInternational,

thecharityestablishedbytheRobertstohelpfundHorseSenseandHealingWorkshops

forveteransandfirstresponderswithposttraumaticstresinjuries.Agraduateofthis

program,AlejandraSanchez,helpswithshowingtheauctionlotsalongwithTeresena

Bakensinthephotographsabove.Theselotswereofartnoteasilyaccesibleandthey

weredeliberatelydiferentthantheartonexhibitsothatpeoplewereencouragedto

buyofthewalratherthanwaitforanauction.Thehighlightoftheauctionwasan

originalChanningPeake.

Altogether,theauctionandadonationinspiredbyitraised$5500forthecharity.

IndianBrave,19x25MixedMedia

onPAperbyCganningPeake


WewerehonoredtohaveGayleGarnerRoskiasourJurist

andfeaturedartist.ArenownedLosAngeles

water-colorist,sheexhibiteedsomeofherwesternand

racetrackthemedwatercolors.Shedidagreatjobas

Jusrist,asshownbelow,intenselydiscusingcandidatesfor

theBestSculptureAwardwithTom Burgher.Thiswasa

dificultdecisionastherewere7greatsculptorsinthe

SLOPOKE2018includingworkbyScotRogers,Bil

Churchil,DianeKeltner,PatRoberts,VelMiler,ErolGordon

andVicRiesau’swinningwork-OneOrneryCriter-seen

inthebackground.

ThreeofthesculptorssoldworkduringtheSLOPOKE

includingErolGordon,ScotRogers,andPatRoberts.

Atleft,Tom BurgherposeswithGayleRoskiinfrontofsome

ofherwatercolors.

Wealsoacknowledgetheefortandcarethattheset-upcrew

expendedtogettheSLOPOKEupandoperatingin2daysand

repackedonthetruckinhalfaday.Undertheleadershipof

AndrewBurgher,aBigThankYoutoBrian,Dane,Karen,Jason,

Colin,Katie,andRick.forloadingandunloadingthetruckin

GroverBeach,drivingtoSolvangtosetupandreturn.Clearly,

therewouldbenoSLOPOKEwithouttheirgreateforts.

Itrequiresa26-ftVantobringaltheparaphenaliatobringtheSLOPOKEtothevenue.Fortunately,wehaveadedicatedand

experiencedcrewwhomakesset-upandtear-downlookeasyinspiteofthechalenginglogisticsinvolved.

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