Advisory Board

Advisory Board

Don Crook

Don Crook is known as the “Norman Rockwell of Western Art” and has earned this reputation by painting everyday experiences that people can relate to. His paintings are sold throughout the United States and Canada. An Award winning painter from Washington State, Don has been successful at various shows across the United States. He has won “Best of Show” 34 times. The biggest national competition was the Journey’s End National Art Exhibition held in Astoria, Oregon, titled “Lewis and Clark in Art” to commemorate the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial. There were over 480 entries from 38 states, and Don won “Best of Show” which carried with it a $10,000 cash prize.
Judy Fairley

Judy Fairley grew up in Clarkston, Washington, where she and her twin sister helped on the families’ quarter horse ranch on the Snake River. She began drawing and studying the movement and muscle groupings of the horses and cattle around her. After college, she began taking art classes through the local college. She has taught pastel and color scratchboard at Walla Walla Community College, and been a member and northwest director of Women Artist of the West for over 20 years. She also has over 20 years affiliation with the Valley Arts Center, and over 15 years with the Snake River Showcase. Judy is also the Celebration of Western Art Show’s Best of Show winner with her color scratchboard in other media three years running.. Judy and her high school sweetheart, now married for over 30 years, still reside in Clarkston. Judy enjoys singing in the church choir, as well as snooping out any good sales at the local mall.

Mavis Willson

Mavis grew up in Washington’s Yakima Valley and has been active in the art world for many years. She has participated in Western art shows and auctions in the Northwest and has received many awards for her work. She has a studio at her home where she paints full-time, painting landscapes and scenes of ranch life familiar to her. Mavis is a member of the Toppenish Mural Society and has completed a mural depicting the Indian stick game for the society. Besides painting and teaching, she has a love for music and has been an active member of the Washington State Old Time Fiddlers.

Our Infamous Auctioneer

Steve Mitzner

Steve is a native of the Northwest. Growing up in Chewelah, Washington and settling in the Okanagan Valley, Steve has experienced the western side of living. He leads a very busy life running a cattle ranch, and a logging operation. Steve loves the ranching life. The familiarity of the western artists’ works really touches his heart. He can relate to their scenes and depictions through his life experiences of working on a ranch, riding for cows, working with horses and rodeoing. Steve has been auctioneering for over twenty years and has handled all the major auctions in the west. He is well respected among the Western Artists!