Join us for the annual 2024 Gear Contest and Auction at the Cowboy Arts and Gear Museum! Makers from across the US and Canada have submitted their unique Bits, Spurs, or Rawhide Romal Reins for this year’s event. Our participants include both emerging artists and well-known seasoned makers.


  • Date: February 2nd, 2024
  • Time: 5-8pm
  • Location: 542 Commercial St. Elko, Nevada
  • Event: Held in conjunction with the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering

The museum warmly welcomes everyone to explore these one-of-a-kind gear pieces. Join us for a delightful evening of cocktails and Hors d’Oeuvres. This is a fantastic opportunity to connect with gear makers, meet admirers of traditional gear, and immerse yourself in the rich history of G.S. Garcia within the house he and his family built.

Cowboy Arts & Gear Museum proudly presents: 

Coinciding with Bits, Spurs and Romel Rein show reception
Live painting demonstrations: February 1-3, morning to midday (times TBD)
Inside or out front of museum, weather permitting


Cowboyology, a new body of work by artist Gina Teichert, explores Western lingo and cowboy clichés. These bold, playful paintings bring together text and images lifted from conversations, songs, and stories that celebrate the beauty and humor of life in the West. 

Artist Gina Teichert photographed by Randy Wentzel

Work available at Cowboy Arts & Gear Museum Feb 2024   

Ballad of Boot Hill by Gina Teichert Oil on Canvas
Cowboy-Ology “DUDE” by Gina Teichert Oil on Canvas
Bark by Gina Teichert. Oil on canvas. 14×11 in.
Bite by Gina Teichert. Oil on canvas. 14×11 in.

Premiering during the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering, Teichert’s exhibition is a bit of a homecoming for the rural California based artist. She grew up in Elko County and performed at the gathering herself as a student, following in the footsteps of her grandfather, cowboy poet and trick horse performer Hamilton Teichert, who took part in the 3rd annual National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in 1987.  

Gina Teichert will be serving as an artist in residence during the festival, with speaking appearances at local schools as well as free painting demonstrations in and around the museum Friday and Saturday afternoons. Check back in January for demonstration times and locations.

Teichert’s work will be on view from January 8 through February 4 and available for purchase through the Cowboy Arts & Gear Museum gift shop. A portion of the proceeds will go to support museum programming and operations. 

Come by and meet the artist along with the talented bit, spur and rein makers also exhibiting at the museum during the opening reception.