A trip to tour Will Roger’s home in Santa Monica 30 years ago, was where Harriette’s inspiration for her furniture designs began. Now, hunting the country for furniture with character and possibility is her passion, buried treasure is revealed in her work. Her designs are a tribute to the ten gallon sharp shooters of the silver screen and an homage to her love of the Hollywood cowboy.
Each design is tailored to the individual piece of vintage furniture, each piece is hand worked to meet today’s standards of comfort, quality and beauty. Harriette’s whimsical sense of style and visionary’s eye make for stunning one of a kind pieces.
Harriette lives in Reno, NV and owns The Lucky Star Western Americana Gallery.
Larry Bute grew up in the Midwest on a farm with feedlot cattle and Quarter horses, the perfect place to call home in an era when every boy wanted to be a cowboy. At 13, Bute entered his first rodeo, at 15 he was hired for his first Summer cowboy job in Colorado at 15, and began his first full time ranch job when he was 18.
Bute spent two years at the Colorado Institute of Art in Denver after which he moved to Montana. There he spent his time working for the US Department of the Interior as an illustrator, and rodeo’ing on the weekends.
Bute rode bareback and saddle broncs and team roped. In 1975 the newly reorganized PRCA (Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association) hired him to do 60 drawings illustrating various rodeo regulations; such as the “spur out” rule. These drawings were used for rodeo judge seminars to help standardize PRCA judging. Bute then quit his government job and became a full time artist.
In 1988 Larry Bute moved to Nevada, where he found “The West” he’d been searching for. For 12 years he lived on some of Eastern Nevada’s big ranches, where he buckaroo’ed, drew and absorbed Nevada’s rural outback lifestyle.
In 2006 Bute was commissioned to do the Reno Rodeo Poster.
Living a ranch life as a Northern Nevada Buckaroo, Dan Howard’s work is autobiographical. Free range longhorn cattle and roaming mustangs are all part of his landscape. With a true appreciation for Spanish heritage and its influence on the cowboy, much of Dan’s work centers on the traditions of the Vaquero. Living on the outskirts of Native American reservation land, Indian themes are also prevalent. With an innovative use of color, Dan’s paintings capture life on the Nevada range.
Shawna June Lee
Shawna June Lee was born in Pendleton, Oregon. She grew up surrounded by western artists and the collecting world of Indian and cowboy Americana. She has been drawing horses and cowgirls since she can remember. Growing up she loved riding and drawing.
Lee’s BFA degree of Arts in Fine Arts is from Washington State University in Pullman, Washington, where she received a double major in figure drawing and painting and a minor in art history. While at WSU Shawna received a scholarship and one of 10 studios the art department offered to excelling students. While living in Nashville, Lee’s art was featured at KatyK’s, vintage store in the Nashville scene. Upon meeting her husband, a western musician she began painting her suitcases on the road. These became a favorite with Nashville musicians and the people in the music business. After moving back to Oregon, Lee began traveling with her work to events like the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas, The National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko, NV, The Gene Autry Motion Picture Ranch, The Pendleton Round-up and other such events. Shawna Lee is renowned for her vintage-style cowgirl paintings and has been commissioned to do a variety of work showcasing her signature style.
Linda Lucy Lunde
“I love painting portraits. The portraying of characters and life stories. We all have times in our lives when great strength is required of us. The Native American is a symbol of courage to me, fighting hard against a strong majority to maintain their beliefs and way of life. I find that spirit inspiring to paint. Their regalia, bead-work, feathers and jewelry are wonderful to play with; the patterns of light and shapes and color.”
Born in Austin, Minnesota, Linda Lucy Lunde spent much of her childhood with her Norwegian grandparents on their small dairy farm. Her early exposure to Sioux and Chippewa Powwows had a significant influence on her. It is this atmosphere that generated her interest in nature and Native American history, which greatly influences her art.
Linda’s formal training is the culmination of influences of many fine teachers at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and Northwest College in Powell, Wyoming.
Priscilla Nieto is a respected Santo Domingo jewelry maker from the Santo Domingo Pueblo in New Mexico. Priscilla is known for the top quality craftsmanship of her totally hand made bead work, notice the perfection in her handcrafted beads, graduated and stunning! Priscilla works alongside her husband and fellow artist, Harvey Abeyta on the Santo Domingo Pueblo where they make their beautiful jewelry as timeless and traditional art.
Winner of the coveted SWAIA (Southwestern Association for Indian Arts) Fellowship, awarded by the sponsors of Santa Fe Indian Market, Hank Whitethorne lives a humble life on the Navajo Reservation of Arizona. Hanks combination for daring design and traditional elements, resulting in maximum drama, has not only won him awards and fellowships, but devoted collectors all over the country.