The San Angelo Roping Fiesta, 2016

Since 1954, the San Angelo Roping Fiesta has attracted the most accomplished and best tie-down and steer ropers in the world. Hosted in San Angelo, Texas, the 2017 competition will feature some extra spectators.

Thirty-four award-winning artists are slated to capture en plein air more than 30 of the best tie-down and steer ropers in the world this fall in Texas. Hosted between October 27 and 29, the San Angelo Roping Fiesta corresponds with EnPleinAirTEXAS (EPAT) — one of the most popular plein air events in the country — which takes place October 21-29.

“First, the public is invited Saturday morning, October 28, to wander and watch during an Open Paint-Out on the fairgrounds,” say EPAT organizers. “From 9 to 11:30 a.m., EPAT Competition Artists and any area artist wishing to register and participate will complete a painting in that area during the allotted time. Artists choose from the indoor roping competition at the Spur Arena, the Junior Livestock Show with over 400 youth and their animals, or any of the roping fiesta areas with the cowboys and their horses.

“At 1:00 p.m., arguably the most prestigious invitational roping contest in the world begins. The top 30 traveling ropers in the world come to complete three roping runs, vying for the title of San Angelo Roping Fiesta Champion — the top of the list in roping credentials. Meanwhile, 34 EPAT Competition Artists — professionals hailing from 19 states and two countries — are intent upon capturing the quick moments and movements in the arena. Their creative interpretations become a part of San Angelo’s long history of roping and rodeo competitions and will be for sale the following morning at For Concho, the exhibition site for over 350 paintings produced that week during EPAT.”

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Editor PleinAir Today, Andrew Webster
Andrew Webster is the Editor of Plein Air Today and works as an editorial and creative marketing assistant for Streamline Publishing. Andrew graduated from The University of North Carolina at Asheville with a B.A. in Art History and Ceramics. He then moved on to the University of Oregon, where he completed an M.A. in Art History. Studying under scholar Kathleen Nicholson, he completed a thesis project that investigated the peculiar practice of embedded self-portraiture within Christian imagery during the 15th and early 16th centuries in Italy.

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