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Written by on Monday, February 01, 2016
Masters of the American West Fine Art Exhibition and Sale

At The Autry Museum, February 6 - March 20, 2016

The Masters of the American West Fine Art Show and Sale opens this coming Saturday, February 6 at The Autry Museum of the American West. It is considered to be the country's premier Western art show, and it is one of my favorite annual events at The Autry Museum. Each year more than 70 nationally recognized contemporary Western artists challenge themselves to create and exhibit their very best work. Stylistically and thematically diverse, thier works represent the extraordinary range of subject matter that contemporary, historic, and mythic Western experiences inspire.

This year's exhibition and sale opens on Saturday, February 6, with a ticketed opening day program that includes presentations by award-winning painters Logan Maxwell Hagege and George Carlson, a barbecue luncheon, and the awards presentation. Saturday's events continue into the evening with a cocktail reception and the art sale, where 275 fixed price works will be sold through a drawing.

I have reviewed several of the paintings that will be featured in the Masters of the American West Art Exhibition and Sale, and I can't wait to see them in person. I have a special affinity for landscape paintings and I am excited to see "Morning Serenity" (left) by one of my favorite artists, Denis Milhomme. The painting features an early November midmorning moment in Yosemite Valley. "Teton Summer" by Robert Peters (right) showcases Mt. Moran in a beautiful scene from Grand Teton National Park, one of my favorite vacation spots.

If you live anywhere near Los Angeles, you won't want to miss this extraordinary exhibit of fine Western art. The exhibition is open to the public Tuesday - Friday, 10 - 4 PM, and Saturday - Sunday, 10 - 5 PM through March 20, 2016. Visit The Autry website for more information, and to purchase tickets for the Masters of the American West Fine Art Exhibiton and Sale Opening-Day Events.

Morning Serenity by Denis Milhomme Teton Summer by Robert Peters

Christin Miller is a strategic marketing consultant and the creator of the Maverick Style website. Christin provides manufacturers, designers, and specialty retailers with the expertise and guidance needed to optimize marketing strateiges, increase sales, attract new customers, and expand brand awareness.

 
Written by on Wednesday, January 06, 2016
Elegant Ranch Silver Jewelry

Native American Chic from Teskey's

I love the Elegant Ranch line of sterling silver jewelry by Two Grey Hills, and I have wanted to feature it in my blog for quite awhile. Two Grey Hills is located in Corrales, New Mexico, and they create and sell authentic Native American jewelry to museums, galleries, upscale boutiques, and National Parks. All Elegant Ranch Jewelry is hand crafted by Native American artisans, and no color enhanced stones or machine made components are used.

Teskey's Saddle Shop of Weatherford, Texas carries a huge selection of Elegant Ranch Jewelry on their website (over 85 pieces), including earrings, rings, pendants, necklaces, and cuff bracelets. I wish I could feature all of my favorite jewelry pieces here, but there are too many! 

In my opinion, you can never have too many pairs of turquoise earrings. The Elegant Ranch Kingman Turquoise Earrings (left, $244.99) would make a stunning addition to my collection. The Elegant Ranch Sterling Silver Starburst Cuff (center, $359.99) is hand stamped and hand engraved, and it is on my wish list. There is a more narrow version of this cuff available on the Teskey's website, and it is called the Rosette Cuff. I also collect cross jewelry, and I have my eye on the Elegant Ranch Kingman Turquoise Cross Pendant (right, $449.99). It is a beautiful one of a kind piece.

These are just a few examples of the beautiful Native American Jewelry created by Two Grey HIlls. Head over to the Teskey's website to see more and make online purchases. Valentine's Day is only a few weeks away, and you can never go wrong with the gift of sterling silver jewelry!

Elegant Ranch Kingman Turquoise Earrings from Teskeys Saddle Shop Elegant Ranch Starburst Silver Cuff from Teskeys Saddle Shop Elegant Ranch Kingman Turquoise Cross Pendant from Teskeys Saddle Shop

Christin Miller is a stretegic marketing consultant and the creator of the Maverick Style website. Christin provides designers, manufacturers, and retailers with the expertise and guidance needed to optimize marketing strategies, increase sales, attract new customers, and expand brand awareness.

 
Written by on Thursday, September 03, 2015
Vamp'd Cases

Embossed Leather Cases For Your Mobile Devices

I met Kim Archibald of Vamp'd Cases at Cowboy Christmas a couple of years ago, and I fell in love with her line of mobile leather accessories. Kim designs and manufactures beautiful embossed hand-finished leather cases for mobile devices including iPads, iPad Minis, and smart phones.

Vamp'd Cases leathers are sourced from a US based tannery that specializes in custom embossing and hand finishes. Vamp'd takes great pride in the quality of workmanship in every piece that they make, and their cases are like none I have ever seen before. The leather will patina with age, becoming more beautiful over time.

Vamp'd carries a variety of different cases featuring several unique and distinctive designs. The two design collections featured below are the Vicenza (left) and the Heraldica (right). The Organizer is a multi-purpose portfolio that is perfect for business and includes a removable Smart Cover for your iPad. The Slim Fit is a light, easy to use case with a magnetic flap closure that is available in both iPad and iPad Mini sizes. Vamp'd Cases also carries iPhone 6 Wallets and Smart Phone Cases. I have already purchased two Vamp'd Cases for my iPad, and I plan to buy a smart phone case as well!

Visit the Vamp'd Cases website to see more design collections and to order your own case. You can also see Vamp'd Cases at the Western Design Conference at the Snow King Center in Jackson, Wyoming, September 10 - 13, 2015.

Vamp'd Cases Vicenza Collection Vamp'd Cases Heraldica Collection

Christin Miller is a strategic marketing consultant and the creator of the Maverick Style website. Christin provides designers, manufacturers, and specialty retailers with the expertise and guidance needed to optimize marketing strategies, increase sales, attract new customers, and expand brand awareness.


 
Written by on Tuesday, September 01, 2015
Western Design Conference 2015

Capturing the Spirit of the West

This year's Western Design Conference takes place September 10 - 13 at the Snow King Center in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, and I can't wait to get there! This event celebrates functional museum quality creations capturing the spirit of the West, including fashion, jewelry, accessories, furniture, and fine crafts.

The Western Design Conference begins with an Opening Preview Party on Thursday evening September 10 at the Snow King Center. Attendees will be the first to see all the items featured at the Exhibit + Sale, meet the artists, walk through the Designer Show House, see a live Runway Fashion Show, and participate in the live WDC Auction, all while enjoying wonderful culinary creations and signature cocktails.

The Western Design Conference Exhibit + Sale takes place at the Snow King Center Friday - Sunday, September 11 - 13. Over 100 talented artisans will be showcasing their handcrafted works made of leather, metal, wood, and mixed media. Some of the artisans who will be exhibiting include Mike Roths of Bear Paw Designs. Mike Roths designs and builds one of a kind pieces of Western style furniture that have a whimsical feel and tell a story of  days gone by. Hardwoods, leather and hand-forged iron define Mike Roths' award-winning style. His walnut and blood wood cabinet titled "Grandpa's Tackle Box" (below left) is gorgeous! I can't wait to see more of his pieces!

Brittain Roberts of Brit West is a jewelry and accessory designer who has participated in the Western Design Conference for many years, and she is always one of the most popular exhibitors. Reclaimed 1800's ranch leather, gem quality American turquoise, and sterling silver form the foundation of her line of jewelry and accessories. She recently added clothing to her collection, so now you can create a classic Brit West look from head to toe (below center)!

I am also looking forward to meeting Gary Underwood of Dry Creek Design. Garry Underwood is a retired rancher from the sand hills of Nebraska who has always been an artist. He has worked in many mediums, but for the past seventeen years lifesize metal sculptures have been his passion. I love his "Red Chief Buffalo" sculpture (below right) and I am excited to see his work in person!

In addition to the Opening Preview Party and the Exhibit + Sale, this year's Western Design Conference includes a Designer Show House and Retail Row, a unique shopping experience featuring fashion, jewelry, home accessories and art in a boutique setting. The show is open to the public and tickets to the Exhibit + Sale are only $15. Tickets for the Opening Preview Party start at $50. Visit the Western Design Conference website for more information and to purchase tickets online.

Grandpa's Tackle Box by Bear Paw Designs Brit West Jewelry and Accessories Red Chief Buffalo Sculpture by Dry Creek Design

Christin Miller is a strategic marketing consultant and the creator of the Maverick Style website. Christin provides designers, manufacturers, and specialty retailers with the expertise and guidance needed to optimize marketing strategies, increase sales, attract new customers, and expand brand awareness.