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Western Fest – Free Community Festival
February 28, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

TAM tips its hat to all things western! Saddle up to a leatherworking demonstration showcasing the functional art of cowboy culture. Test your skill at Faro, a traditional cowboy card game. Make art inspired by the historic and modern west.

Western attire encouraged!

Festival Highlights


Artist Fred Oldfield wearing cowboy attire standing between two of his paintings of western american landscapes.Local Legend Fred Oldfield

Meet local legend Fred Oldfield as he paints and chats with visitors about his life as an artist and cowboy in Yakima Valley.

Fred was born in Alfalfa, Washington in 1918. During childhood his family followed seasonal work in the Pacific Northwest traveling in a horse-drawn wagon. More info about Fred can be found at Fred Oldfield’s Western Heritage & Art Center.

Wshm_entry_archFrom Trails to Rails

The Washington State History Museum presents From Trails to Rails. Experience the West through a variety of hands-on artifacts and ephemera. From a bentwood box, mask, and Native drum, to a leather poke, and bee smoker, get up close and personal with Washington’s history. Also, make a whirligig and design a railroad travel poster to take home!

Faro_card_gameFaro (Card Game)

Visitors can try their hand at Faro, a card game more popular than poker in the old west, as the odds favor the players instead of the house.

The game of Faro is played with only one deck of cards and admits any number of players. According to the Oxford Dictionary of Card Games (via Wikipedia), “[Faro] was played in almost every gambling hall in the Old West from 1825 to 1915.”

Leather Glasses Holder with hand crafted intricate leaf design.Leather Artist Sam Cortina

Sam Cortina is an awarding winning Leather Artist who resides in Central Texas just north of Austin. Leather art, leather crafting or simply Leathercraft is the practice of making leather into craft objects or works of art, using creative tooling, shaping techniques, and coloring techniques.

Drum head painted by Joe Seymoure titled ThunderbirdDrum Painting by Joe Seymore

Coast Salish Artist Joe (wahalatsu?) Seymore, Jr. will be creating and demonstrating drum decoration. Joe’s work can be seen in the Portland Art Museum in Portland, Oregon, the Squaxin Museum, Learning and Resource Center in Shelton, Washington, and the Hilo Art Museum in Hilo, Hawai’i.

Zantua-Regalia-2Woodcarving by Al Zantua

Catch the fresh scent of cedar while you watch a woodcarving demonstration by Tsimshian/Haida artist Al Zantua, whose work is in many private collections and museums.


Music by The Earnest Lovers

11 am–2 pm

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Bill Heisman, Spurs and Spur Straps (detail), c.2000. Steel, leather, silver, gold, 10¼ × 3 × 1 inches. Collection of J. Brent and Connie McKinley, Washington State