Show Preview | Weekend in the West

Evergreen, CO
Evergreen Fine Art, June 25-27

Ed Kucera, Poise oil, 20 x 16.

Ed Kucera, Poise oil, 20 x 16.

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Collectors and top western artists converge in picturesque Evergreen, CO, this month for Weekend in the West—a show, sale, and social event of the season. “One of the things we pride ourselves on is creating connections between the artists and the collectors,” says Doug Kacena, director of exhibitions at host gallery Evergreen Fine Art. The weekend offers several opportunities to build such bonds, beginning with an invitation-only dinner on Thursday, June 25, during which attendees may preview the work while enjoying appetizers in the gallery before adjourning to an outdoor tent in Evergreen’s sprawling sculpture garden for more festivities. Friday, June 26, marks the western-style opening reception from 5 to 9 p.m. Some collectors begin queuing at 4 p.m. that day to be among the first to explore the first-come-first-served, fixed-price show. Phil Shanley and Barbara Hadley, co-owners of the gallery, say during this, the show’s fifth year, all the planned events will be bigger than ever before, with more attendees expected.

The show features 50 artists, 40 of whom are represented by the gallery, among them Edward “Ned” Aldrich, Dave Santillanes, Dan Young, Kevin Weckbach, and Karen Roehl. The other 10 are guest artists, such as Quang Ho, Stephanie Hartshorn, G. Russell Case, Doug Hall, and Jeremy Browne. With each artist invited to submit two pieces, the show features approximately 100 paintings and sculptures.

Edward Aldrich, Laid Back, oil, 32 x 24.

Edward Aldrich, Laid Back, oil, 32 x 24.

Aldrich is thrilled to be part of the show, which he feels has become one of the premier events in the country. With his painting titled LAID BACK he returns to a subject that has captured his artistic fancy again and again: predators, from big cats to wolves to birds of prey. “There’s something about the look in their eyes, that intensity,” says the Colorado artist. This painting depicts a captive timber wolf he saw in Yellowstone National Park—its full winter coat put it in the “prime of gorgeousness.”

Scenic Colorado landscapes are the subjects of Santillanes’ works, including the Poudre Canyon, just a 20-minute drive away from the artist’s Fort Collins home. WINTER PASSAGE POUDRE CANYON captures the area in the transition of seasons, with snow still banking against the river bottom. DOWN FROM THUNDER PASS shows spring runoff in a torrent of water cascading down the mountainside with light glinting off the mountain in the background. “I try to capture the essence of that area, without being photorealistic. I’m going for the color, atmosphere, and light,” Santillanes explains.

Both artists participate in the Quick Draw—billed as the largest in Colorado—which tops off Weekend in the West on Saturday, June 27. Beginning at 9 a.m. some 30 artists begin new works in the gallery’s sculpture garden, allowing patrons and collectors to stroll among their easels, observing the creative process and chatting with the artists during the 90-minute event. Following a champagne brunch, the new paintings are auctioned off. “If you end up owning one of those, you can say you were there at its birth,” observes Hadley. —Ashley M. Biggers

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