Attend the Young Guns ‘Rhinestone Rodeo’ to support western art, National Western Stock Show


The National Western Stock Show (Jan. 7-22, 2023) is one of the region’s preeminent events. The annual gathering in Denver has highlighted western agriculture and ranching for more than 115 years.

Highlighting Western Art & Culture

The National Western also includes events that highlight western culture, perhaps none better than the Coors Western Art Exhibit & Sale, an annual exhibition of contemporary Western. Of course, there is no way to have a continuing tradition without engaging the next generation, which is how the Young Guns of the National Western got started in 2013. Its goal is to help young professionals (40 and younger) better understand Western art, gain insights into art investments, and support the Stock Show’s growth.

One way the Young Guns accomplishes its goals is through a variety of events each year, culminating in the Young Guns Reception. This year’s event, Rhinestone Rodeo, will be held Dec. 8 at the National Western Complex in Denver. In addition to the opportunity to mingle, hoot and holler, participants will be able to purchase artwork from the Gallery at the National Western Club, where 16 artists will have original works on display. In addition, works by six young, local emerging artists will be for sale.

Benefiting the National Western Scholarship Trust

Besides the entertainment value, event proceeds support the National Western Scholarship Trust, which provides 100 scholarships a year to Colorado and Wyoming college students studying agriculture, rural medicine, and veterinary sciences.

So what are you waiting for? Buy tickets now.

What else?

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