Cattlemen’s Western Art Show opens next weekend

“Wild, wide open and free,” is how artist Bob Coronato—who spends winters in Atascadero — describes the West he seeks to depict in highly realistic paintings and prints.

He’s one of 11 local and 49 national artists selected from a competitive pool of applicants to be showcased at the 20th anniversary Cattlemen’s Western Art Show and Sale, opening Friday at the Paso Robles Event Center.

Dee Pallandini, who selected the artists, said contemporary Western art is “not just horses and cows,” but also a range of contemporary, historic, and interpretive landscapes, and wildlife and floral designs.

The San Luis Obispo County Cattlemen’s Association is hoping to raise scholarships for youth agriculture projects and scholarships for students to attend veterinary school through sales at the show, which features primarily paintings and some sculpture.

Prices start at around $400, but can reach up to $30,000 for the most exquisite items. Local featured artists include Rod Aszman of San Luis Obispo; Dave Dignam of Cambria; William Halopoff and Teri Rose of Paso Robles; Vel Miller and Bonnie Wilkins of Atascadero; Ernie Morris and L. Tracy Paz of Templeton; Rosanne Seitz of Grover Beach; and Sue Warren of Creston.

The show is free to the public from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. March 28. Barbeque lunches will be available for $10. Tickets to a Friday night artist and wine reception are $20. Details are available at

— Julia Hickey