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Western Design Conference 2016

Each year the Western Design Conference showcases and celebrates today’s contemporary artists and artisans who have created one-of-a-kind masterpieces rooted in their pioneering spirit and passion for the West.

This year, over 130 artists and artisans exhibited and competed for the “Best Of” coveted awards presented at this four-day event.

Smoke Signals honors the passion and ongoing legacy presented by these talented individuals, and congratulate the 2016 winners for created the best of the best.


Best of Show:
J Booth Art
Jenny Booth, Burlington WY
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Meredith Lockhart

Best Artist –Accents:
Meredith Lockhart Collection
Meredith Lockhart, Nortonville, KS

Cayuse Western Americana

Best Artist – Art to Wear Jewelry:
Cayuse Western Americana,
Mary Schmidt, Jackson Hole, WY

Sandra & Lee Liggett

Best Artist – Art to Wear Fashion:
Sandra & Lee Liggett, Sandia Park, NM

Michael Guli

Best Artist – Leather:
River Crossing Inc.
Michael Guli, Bellevue, CO

Glenn Gilmore

Best Artist – Metal:
Gilmore Architectural Blacksmith Studio
Glenn Gilmore, Hamilton, MT

Ron Benoit

Best Artist – Woodworking:
Woodensound Fine Woodworking
Ron Benoit, Preston ID

Gary Moser

Best Artist – Mixed Media:
The Welded Donkey
Gary Moser, Phoenix, AZ

For more information, the complete list of winners and the amazing artists and artisans, please visit:

—Jayne Skeff



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