32nd Annual Texas Cowboy Poetry Gathering
23A presentation of “The genius of Charlie Russell” will be part of the 32nd Annual Texas
Cowboy Poetry Gathering next week at Sul Ross State University.
Randy Rieman of the Beaverhead Valley of southwest Montana, will present a paper on fellow
Montanan, renowned Western Artist Charlie Russell.
Russell was best known for his sketches, oil paintings, watercolors and sculpture of life in the
Old West. But he also wrote hundreds of beautifully illustrated letters to his friends.
The artist arrived in Montana in 1880 and worked as a horse wrangler but he was developing his
artistic talent even before he arrived in Montana.
By 1904, Russell was the most celebrated western artist in history, chronicling the west in his
many art genres.
Rieman will read many of Russell’s letters as he presents photos of his artwork at 10 a.m.
Saturday, February 23, in Marshall Auditorium. Admission is five dollars per person.
For the last 30 years, Rieman has been involved with the public presentation of cowboy poetry at
the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko, Nevada.
He has been featured as a reciter of traditional western poetry as well as Australian bush poetry
at numerous gatherings and festivals around the western United States.
This year’s Alpine Cowboy Poetry Gathering will be Friday and Saturday, February 22 and 23,
at venues around the Sul Ross campus.
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