This year’s show, with Featured Artist Carol Swinney, promises to be an exciting showcase of art by renowned and emerging Western artists. The Opening Reception (and beginning of sales) is scheduled for 4:30pm-7pm, Wednesday, Feb. 5th. The deadline for artist entries for this highly competitive juried art show is Friday, Jan. 3rd. For more information about the show, go here. For printable Artist Participation Information and forms go here.
Plan to join us for the Opening of the Cowboy Life Exhibit & Family Fun Day, Saturday, February 8, 2014. Empire Ranch Headquarters, 10am to 3pm. Click here for the schedule of the day’s events.
The Empire Ranch Foundation has entered into an agreement to begin work on the replacement roof for the Mechanic’s Shop/Feed Barn in early 2014. BLM has selected a contractor for stabilization work on the Adobe Hay Barn. Preliminary meetings to develop the final design will begin after review by BLM and the State Historic Preservation Office. Testing of the soils and adobe at the historic Ranch House has been completed and will deliver data to help answer questions about structural problems with the house. Once the problem(s) are known a stabilization plan that addresses the root causes can be developed, and a contract issued for this largest preservation project.
For a cumulative summary of preservation projects underway and completed since 2000, click here.
November 2nd proved to be a glorious day at the Empire Ranch as over 2,000 excited visitors arrived to celebrate the cowboy, past and present. Click here to read more about the day’s events, including a complete listing of Roundup Sponsors and Auction Donors in the November 2013 Newsletter.
Two separate windstorms this past summer blew off the roof from the Mechanic’s Shop/Feed Barn. Government funding for repairs is pretty much unavailable so in keeping with our mission to protect and preserve Ranch buildings, the Foundation will fund the roof replacement. We can’t do this without the support of our members. Please help with a year-end contribution. If you’ve already renewed your membership, this donation will be added to your existing membership level.
Volunteers enjoyed a great day of work and activities to help maintain the Heritage Discovery Trail at the Empire Ranch Headquarters. National Public Lands Day volunteers were provided with an opportunity to beautify the land, improve their fitness, and enjoy our treasured outdoor space.
Dedicated volunteers have been key to preserving the historic Empire Ranch House and Headquarters. Volunteer Days for hands-on preservation activities at the ranch are held generally on the third Saturday of every other month in February, April, June, August, and October. To volunteer, please complete and submit a Volunteer Opportunities Form, and we will contact you with more details!