From Friday Oct. 5 through Sunday Oct. 7, the Expo Hall at the Washington State Fairgrounds will host the Oldfield Art Show, the largest show of Western art in Washington and featuring the work of more than 70 of the country’s premier artists.
The artists gather from the Western half of the United States to showcase their work. Western themes run throughout the show but it also includes maritime scenes, landscapes, florals, nostalgic scenes, wildlife paintings, historical pieces and portraits. The majority of the participating artists are award winning in their field and they excel in oils, watercolors, scratchboard, acrylics, pastels, photography, woodcarving, bronzes and jewelry. This show boasts 20,000 square feet of visual overload and a chance to meet the artists and see them demonstrate their creativity.
The show’s founder was Fred Oldfield, renowned Western painter who died in Feb. 2017, three weeks shy of his 99th birthday. This show benefits the Fred Oldfield Western Heritage & Art Center’s Youth Art Program with all proceeds going toward scholarships.
This year the emerging artist, specially featured in Oldfield’s old spot, is Daniel Rick from Idaho, who is already showing his amazing talent. He is the son of Mary Ann Cherry, the very accomplished artist and member of the Women Artists of the American West. Cherry is also a published author and will be the show’s Author of the Year. This is the first time the Oldfield Art Show has had such a talented family duo at the show.
For your entertainment, there will be “quick draws” (in which the artists have one hour to create a piece of art), silent auctions, live auctions, evening receptions, art demonstrations, live music and book signings.
Admittance and parking are free. Hours are 3-10 p.m. Oct. 5; 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Oct. 7; and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 7.
For more information, visit www.fredoldfieldcenter.org.