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Form and Function on the Range: Western and Working Art

Date: March 22, 2007

Contact: Vicki Ann Duraine

Description: The Science-Engineering Team invites you to view the current exhibit in the UA Science-Engineering Library. “Form and Function on the Range: Western and Working Art” is a celebration of rangelands with visual art in oils and bronze as well as handcrafted gear in the cowboy and buckaroo tradition. Highlighting the beauty and value of this fragile environment, the exhibit features fine artwork depicting the range by noted artists Gustave Baumann, James Coleman, William Moyers, Cynthia Rigden and Olaf Seltzer. Tools utilized in the Western ranching culture—dating back to the origins of the Vaqueros— include finely-engraved Garcia spurs, a vintage Visalia bit, a hand-braided horsehair mecate, beaded buckskin gloves and other treasures of the trail. History is as deeply ingrained in the fabric of these pieces as is the scent of hide, hair and hard work.

The exhibit’s art and artifacts are available through collaboration with various organizations and members of the local community. Lyn Tornabene donated the Coleman oil painting depicting Organ Pipe National Monument. Friends of Western Art, a local non-profit organization committed to promoting Western art, loaned all other artwork displayed. Simpatico Farms supplied much of the exhibit gear. Aline and Jack Goodman, Cayetano Designs and Cross U Ranch also contributed to this authentic display. The Science-Engineering Team extends its appreciation to the aforementioned for their efforts and their generosity.

Form and Function on the Range: Western and Working Art is located on the 2nd floor of the Science-Engineering Library. For more information, contact Vicki Ann Duraine (621-6392; durainev@u.library.arizona.edu).

February 26-April 27, 2007 in the Science-Engineering Library