Ragsdale one of top Oregon western artists

The Lansburgh Ranch was the setting for

The Lansburgh Ranch was the setting for “Satuarday Nite Recap”, a pencil drawing by Kim Ragsdale.

An exhibition and sale of extraordinary western art entitled “In the Company of Cowgirls” created by some of the best women artists in Oregon will be one of the highlights of the Cattle Barons Weekend in Pendleton, Oregon May 7 – 9. It celebrates Oregon’s Sesquentennail and honors women in our agricultural, ranch and rodeo heritage.

Kim Ragsdale, nationally recognized pencil artist from Trail, will be one of the featured women in the show.

“I’m extremely honored to have four of my original pieces in this fun event.  I have shown at the Pendleton Round-Up and have had a great response to my work and subject matter by the collectors in that part of the state,” said the artist.

Ragsdale will be displaying her newest piece “Saturday Nite Recap”, a large drawing of two women on the Olive Lansburgh ranch located outside of Eagle Point.

“I work from photo reference, so I hired professional photographers Marilyn and Jake Gregory, found two willing models in Bobbie Charley and Valerie Ferro, had them wear my own clothes and borrowed the Australian Shepard. Everyone was from the Upper Rogue area, so that made it a very special piece for me.”  Ragsdale lives on a cattle ranch above Lost Creek Lake.  “This drawing has taken over a year to complete, mostly because of the fine detail work,” said Ragsdale.

“In the Company of Cowgirls” will start with an artist reception Thursday, May 7, at the Hamley Steakhouse in the Cattle Baron Ballroom from 6 – 9 pm. Many of the artists will be attending, traveling from the far corners of the state. Visit www.inthecompanyofcowgirls.com for more information.

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