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Enrich Your Life with Western Art

“We surround ourselves with things that enrich our lives,” exclaimed Dee Pellandini, Manager of the Cattlemen’s Western Art Show and Sale. “When I look at a painting, I remember when I bought it, the experience it reminds me of and even the conversation I had with the artist.”

This year’s 27th Annual Cattlemen’s Western Art Show will draw people who enjoy agriculture and the western lifestyle or who simply appreciate the great outdoors, to the Paso Robles Event Center on March 24, 25 and 26. Attendees will have an opportunity to become the owners of beautiful art, with each piece providing its own living memory of the moment it depicts or the reason it was purchased.

“A new collector is born every show,” Dee continued to explain, “and they start down a path they never knew would open so many doors.”

Featured Artist: Vel Miller, a Local Rancher

Realism with soft colors and scenes depicting familiar territory are the hallmarks of this year’s featured artist, Vel Miller. Her experience as a local rancher raising Longhorn cattle in Atascadero, overlooking the Pacific Ocean, provides a natural canvas to capture familiar settings in her paintings.

Two horses seeking the cool shade of a mighty oak tree, a group of horses grazing with green hills, blue sky and soothing white clouds in the back ground, a sketch of a Longhorn cow with her newborn calf are just a few of the familiar scenes of the Central Coast that Miller brings to life in her work.

Miller is also quite skilled at making bronze statue art. Horse busts and bronze sculptures of famous riders on horse back, bring the Western World to life in this 3D art form. Her bronze work skill is on display every day in the commissioned, 8-foot-tall piece “Reward for Valor” set in front of the Safety Center in Paso Robles. The piece depicts a fireman handing a child to a policewoman.

Enrich Your Life with Works from The Show’s Artists

Fifteen new artists will participate in the art show this year and join the nearly 50 artists in total. An added dimension this year will be landscapes and wildlife paintings, making the show about beautiful natural scenes and not just purely western themes. Over 400 new works will be on display and available for purchase. Print reproductions will also be available.

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Western Art – Meet and Greet the Artists

The Cattleman’s Western Art Show is focused on being accessible to all, and thus the weekend schedule is convenient and comprehensive. The show kicks off on Friday March 24th from 5:00 to 9:00 with the Artist’s Wine and Hors d’oeuvre Reception and Preview Sale.

Featured artist, Vel Miller, along with many other attending artists, will be on hand to discuss their work at Friday night’s Artist’s Reception. Local wineries will offer tastings of the fruit of their vineyards. The Cattlemen’s Association will be serving up tasty bites of tri-tip and deli trays. Local ranchers and those who enjoy the western lifestyle will provide warm and friendly camaraderie. All Friday night attendees will have the first look and first pick of all the artwork. Tickets for the Artist’s Wine and Hors d’oeuvere Reception are $20.00, and are available at the Paso Robles Event Center (Mid-State Fairgrounds) door.

The Show Continues Saturday and Sunday

The Cattlemen’s Western Art Show and Sale continues on through the weekend with free admittance on Saturday March 25th (10 am – 5:00 pm) and Sunday March 26th (10:00 – 3:00). A Cattlemen’s BBQ lunch is available both days from 11:30 to 1:30 for $10.00 per plate. Original artwork, as well as prints, will be available to purchase throughout the weekend.


Don’t miss out on this wonderful opportunity to enrich your life with Western Art. The Cattlemen’s Western Art Show and Sale at the Paso Robles Event Center is where the fun will be all weekend long. Come out and support the Cattleman’s Association and all of the talented artists who so lovingly share their gifts and talent. We look forward to seeing you there!

Cover Art: “Retired Pals” by Vel Miller

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