Coronato chosen as artist for Cowboy Poetry Week poster
January 9, 2009
Award-winning Wyoming artist Bob Coronato’s “The Horse Wrangler gather’d the morn” is selected as the eighth annual Cowboy Poetry Week poster art, courtesy of The Greenwich Workshop (www.greenwichworkshop.com).
Coronato comments on the painting, “I was once part of a brand crew that traveled with an 1880’s chuck wagon. Each evening, we would set the horses free to find water and grass. And each morning, before the sun came up, the horse wrangler rode out in the darkness to gather the horses from were they wandered the night before. As the ground started to shake and the wrangler drove the horses over the hill in the corral, I knew a long day was about to begin… But I couldn’t wait, it was like being part of a special history.”
Coronato is represented at galleries across the West. His work has been shown at the High Plains Museum, the Coeur D’Alene Art Auction, the Pendleton Round Up Art Show, and in 2009 he takes part as an invited Master Artist in the 12th Annual Autry National Center Masters of the American West Fine Art Exhibition and Sale at the Autry National Center in Los Angeles.
Cowboy Poetry Week (April 19-25, 2009) – sponsored by the non-profit Center for Western and Cowboy Poetry and officially recognized by unanimous resolution of the United States Senate and 19 states’ governors – is celebrated in communities across the West. The annual event, with a special focus on rural libraries, is held in conjunction with National Poetry Month in the United States and Canada.
Previous years’ poster artists include Tim Cox, Joelle Smith, and William Matthews. Posters are sent to hundreds of libraries as a part of the Center’s outreach Rural Library Project, along with an annual compilation CD of classic and contemporary poetry, The BAR-D Roundup. Each volume in the growing archive includes today’s top poets and vintage selections of recordings by popular past masters in their own voices, including Robert Service, Badger Clark, Buck Ramsey, Gail I. Gardner, and others.
Cowboy poetry’s enduring popularity is celebrated year round at CowboyPoetry.com (www.CowboyPoetry.com), another program of the Center for Western and Cowboy Poetry. The site, updated daily, is a central resource for cowboy poetry, Western music, and associated Western arts.