2014 Artist of the Year
Deborah Copenhaver-Fellows Named Friends of Western Art 2014 Artist of the Year
Deborah Copenhaver-Fellows was born and raised on a cattle and Quarter Horse ranch in northern Idaho.
Work on the ranch was shared by all, and a life-long passion for horses grew from those responsibilities. It was at this time that Deborah sold her first drawings of horses.
Deborah spent her first year of College at Washington State University where she earned a full scholarship. That same year Deborah won the competition to become Miss Rodeo Washington and was Runner Up Miss Rodeo America.
Her second year of college she transferred to Fort Wright College of the Holy Names in Spokane Washington. Here she met a nun, Sister Paula Mary Turnbull, who taught sculpture. Deborah received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with a Fine Art major following study in Italy where her passion for sculpture came alive and continues today.
During a stay in Arizona, she went to Prescott and met Ernie Phippen who ran a western art foundry. Her world came together. She went back home gathered all of her belongings and returned to Prescott to get a job as a head wrangler in a dude ranch. That year she cast her first bronze... and started her art career. Her most recent commissioned monument is one of Barry Goldwater that upon completion is destined for Statuary Hall in the rotunda at the United States Capitol building in Washington, D.C.
In the last decade, Deborah’s life and career have reached new heights as she has returned to her original inspiration source, the American West. Living now in southern Arizona with her husband Fred Fellows, Deborah is devoted to creating fresh, original and accomplished sculptures which express her heartfelt feelings for the Western way of life.
The Friends of Western Art's first annual Louise Serpa Western and Rodeo Photo Contest was a great success with over 140 images submitted!
To learn more and see the top three finishers, click here.
Supporting Western Art since 1981
Incorporated in 1981, the Friends of Western Art (FWA) is dedicated to supporting awareness of and promoting Western Art in Tucson and Southern Arizona.
FWA raises funds for education and various projects through such means as the annual Artist of the Year Dinner, the sale of signed lithographs, and the "First Tuesday" lecture series.
We are committed to helping Western artists of all ages grow through various programs including underwriting, mentoring, scholarships, and individual financial assistance. Click here for Teacher's Art Grant Application.
Featured auction item for the 2014 Artist of the Year event
by Deborah Copenhaver-Fellows: "A Little Border Issue"
Size: 22.5"H x 36"L
Each attendee at the Artist of the Year event will receive miniature of
one of the participants of the "border issue."
Size: Foal 4.5"H x 4"L, Burro 4"H x 5"L
September 10, 2013
"First Tuesday" with 2014 FWA Artist of theYear Deborah Copenhaver-Fellows. Deborah will share her insights on life, art and the monuments she has created in bronze.
September 21, 2013
Art Teacher Tea and Mini-Grant Workshop
October 8, 2013
"First Tuesday" with author Art Schaefer - a member of the greatest generation shares his experiences as a war time pilot.
October 25, 2013
Artist of the Year Celebration honoring Deborah Copenhaver-Fellows.
November 12, 2013
"First Tuesday" with Robert and Patsy Floyd who will share over 26 years of their experience in restoring the gardens at Great Chalfield Manor in England.
"First Tuesday" Events
Join your FWA friends and special guests for a wonderful evening of art and entertainment at the Mountain Oyster (MO) Club!
A dinner buffet is available to FWA members for $40.00 (which includes the lecture) beginning at 5:30 p.m.
Lectures begin at 7:00 p.m. -- the charge for the lecture only is $10.00 for FWA Members and $20.00 for Non-members.
To reserve your space for the lecture:
Please RSVP to Beth at: email@example.com
To join us for the buffet:
-Non-members of the MO Club MUST make reservations through Beth at the email above.
-MO Club members should make reservations directly with the MO Club.
FWA and the Amerind Foundation
The Friends of Western Art is proud of its ongoing association with the Amerind Foundation in their mission of preserving both Native American and Western art.