Event List and Info
2012 event is canceled. exhibitors, please call 800-664-5617 for more info.
(All appearances subject to change)
Mojave Theatre Schedule for Thursday, March 24
Beginning at High Noon inside the Renaissance Hotel in the theatre next to Western Design Expo
Vintage Western Wear Fashion Show
2 PM Memories of 'GUNSMOKE'
Join authors, actors, screenwriters and directorsof this beloved show as they discusss the popularity and continued love of TV's longest running Western.
Then come outside to the Rancho Deluxe Lounge & join us for a Celebrity 'Meet & Greet' with Michael Martin Murphey before his 6pm concert begins!
The seminars move outdoors on Friday thru Sunday to the patio area known as:
Friday Rancho Deluxe Lounge
2 PM 'Women in History'
A visit with Shirley Morris creator of the documentery "Oh, You Cowgirl!" An honest to goodness cowgirl tale. For the first time in history this true story unravels the mystery of one of the greatest cowgirl rodeo stars of her time, Prairie Rose Henderson. It tells the story of the impact women had in history and their contribution to our western heritage has been overlooked for nearly one hundred years. Learn a bit about Shirley and listen as she reads her poem "A Cowgirl's Dream" and invites you to the screening of her film.
Also… Celebrity ‘One on One Interview, Juni Fisher, Gary Allegretto, Naomi Bristow, JD Thornbury and more…
Saturday Rancho Deluxe Lounge
3 PM Harmonica Workshop with Gary Allegretto
4 PM Visit with The Legends
Sunday Rancho Deluxe Lounge
Noon Memories of 'GUNSMOKE'
Also….Celebrity ‘One on One’ Interviews Juni Fisher, Gary Allegretto, singer Naomi Bristow, buackaroo roper JD Thornbury, Cowboy Balladeer Mike Tcherkasskey and more…
Western Design Expo Set for 2011
The Palm Springs WestFest announces their Western Design Expo March 24-27 in the Renaissance Hotel and Palm Springs Convention Center.
Following the achievements of the 2010 Palm Springs WestFest & Frank Bogert Memorial Rodeo and its 12,000 attendees last March, Spur of the Moment Productions CEO Christopher Burkhardt is inviting local and regional Western artists to join America's top Western designers in the fields of fashion, furnishings and art in a special 4-day show.
On the first day of the Western Expo, March 24, Spur of the Moment will bring in celebrities to sign autographs, and have musicians and historic look-a-likes on hand for the kick-off celebrations. Admission is just $5.
The Palm Springs WestFest & Frank Bogert Memorial Rodeo is presented by Spa Resort Casino and sponsored by Palm Springs Life. It is located at the Palm Springs Convention Center and the Renaissance Hotel.
As part of the resurgence of the Western way of life, traditional American values and emphasis on family and patriotism, commemorating our Western heritage has become even more important. Organizers of the Palm Springs WestFest are bringing together what some are calling a Western World's Fair, so wide are the parameters and so important is the gathering. This is a unique shopping experience you cannot find without traveling to Cody, Wyoming in September.
In addition to some of the best Western designers in furnishings, art and sculpture in America, the Expo also encompasses Western authors, on hand to sign and sell their books in all categories. A separate wing will include Western artists working in oil, watercolor, plein air and multi-media categories.
This juried collection includes Nashville’s Manuel as one of the auspicious judges, joined by Cowboy Way Editor William C. Reynolds and Albuquerque's Shelle Neese from Studio Seven. (See announcement below)
About some of the Exhibitors..
El Paso’s Tres Outlaws Boot Co. has made boots for our own Gene Autry, Presidents Bush 1 and 2,
Pony Express, Downtown Palm Springs, will showcase a collection of retro Western shirts.
Many of these offerings are one of a kind, and some are created specifically for this event: Patricia Wolf, Amado Pena, Bolingo Bags, Douglas Magnus silver, Old Frontier Clothing Co., PRB Sculpture, Diamond 57, Mike Greenfield, J Fork Jewelry, Sunwest Silver, North Valley Hat Co., Four Winds, Tucalotta Creek Furniture, River Crossing Custom Apparel and Buck Taylor.
Shoppers can place an order for custom cowboy boots, a room full of furniture, or modern and vintage Western apparel.
Be sure to take advantage of special hotel packages and rates during the Western Expo! See Hotel button at top of page.
Have a passion for fashion? The Western Design Expo is flavored by rhinestones and rodeo, and designed to showcase The New West. It promises to show off the pinnacle of Western style, from beaded hats to hand-carved boots, as well as kids' outfits plus outerwear, scuplture, furnishings, leather and clothing.
(Fashion images by steve thornton)
The three judges for the 2011 WDE have been chosen, and they are:
Often called the Rembrandt of Rhinestones, this Mexican-born tailor got his professional start with Nudie's in Hollywood. In his illustrious career, he has created the Lone Ranger's signature mask; designed Elvis Presley's gold lame' suit; dressed Johnny Cash in black; put Dwight Yoakam in his trademark hat, jeans and bolero jackets; drew the Rolling Stones' tongue logo; and tailored more musicians' stage outfits than any other true American.
Since 1981, Studio Seven Productions in Albuquerque has been producing advertising, editorial, web and fashion photography all over the great Southwest; Santa Fe, Albuquerque, Los Angeles, Colorado, Arizona & Texas. Wardrobe stylist and editor Shelle Neese, with photographer husband Michael, has pioneered and developed the Santa Fe Look for designers, retailers, movie producers and magazines. More than a fashion coordinator, Neese is the arbiter of what constitutes today's Western fashion, furnishings and accessories.
Map of the Western Design Expo exhibits:
Above is the Western Design Expo Space.
Below is the Western Artists Hallway, and the Rancho Deluxe patio for Authors, and the Mojave Theatre.
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