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Borrowed Borein - Art of the West

Posted: Friday, May 27, 2016

By: Chris Bashforth (Expired article)

Santa Ynez, CA -

The Santa Ynez Valley Historical Museum is presenting "Borrowed Borein ~ Art of the West from the diverse collections of Valley residents." This newest exhibit at the Historical Museum opens on Saturday, June 4 with a reception and talk about Edward Borein (1872-1945) and his artwork by Bill Reynolds. Reynold has studied and written extensively about Edward Borein, nicknamed "the cowpuncher artist" by his friends and colleagues.

This exhibit, comprised of Borein art from the private collections of Santa Ynez Valley residents and special collections from Santa Barbara museums and galleries, will provide an opportunity to see the wide variety of artistic accomplishments achieved by Edward Borein - from his prolific etchings for which he is best known to his vivid watercolors and rare oil paintings.

Curated by Jim and Linda Grimm, long time Western art collectors, the "Borrowed Borein" exhibit captures the Western ranching life that Ed Borein so loved through the variety of art pieces loaned from Valley residents’ collections.

Edward Borein was born in northern California and grew up with a passion for the culture of the American West. When he was only 5 years old Borein started sketching the cattle, cowboys, horses and carriages that passed through his hometown. As a young man, Borein lived the cowboy life on ranches throughout southern California, Arizona, New Mexico and Mexico. All the while he would draw the rancho culture that surrounded him.

For a time, Borein left his beloved southwest to begin a career in New York as a advertisement illustrator. Missing his earlier years of riding and sketching, even though he was successful in New York, Borein returned to California and eventually settled in Santa Barbara where his home in the El Paseo complex became a popular meeting place for fellow artists, writers and celebrities.

Ed Borein was passionate about preserving the American West before it faded away. After settling in Santa Barbara, he made it his mission to document the West – every animal, rider, gear and culture – before it disappeared. He wanted the West to be viewed as it truly was and from the perspective of one who had lived it and loved it.

In fact, it was Ed Borein, along with J.J. Mitchell, Elmer Awl and Sammy Kramer who, in 1929, came up with the idea of forming a men’s riding group to build a fellowship of horses and ranch lovers and to commemorate the ranching history of California. That group would eventually be established and has for years been known as the Los Rancheros Visitadores. Borein was also instrumental in founding the Santa Barbara Fiesta and was great friends with the likes of Will Rogers, Charles Russell, Maynard Dixon and Leo Carrillo.

“Borrowed Borein” opening, appetizer reception and talk will be held on Saturday, June 4 from 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm. Admission is $10 for Museum members, $15 for non-members at the gate.

The Santa Ynez Valley Historical Museum is located at 3596 Sagunto Street. Call the Museum (805) 688-7889 or visit for more information. Hours are Wednesday through Sunday, noon – 4 pm. Tours by appointment.

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