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Legacy Gallery ushers in the holiday season with its annual small-works show, which opens with a reception for the artists on December 12 from 7 to 9 p.m. The show features an array of the gallery’s painters and sculptors and showcases their abilities to create works on a small scale. For first-time collectors it’s a perfect opportunity to purchase a one-of-a-kind original at a reasonable price. And it’s a chance for art lovers in general to view a wide variety of genres, styles, and subject matter in a presentation that includes western, still-life, landscape, figurative, and wildlife sculptures and paintings. Among the participating artists are G. Harvey, Kyle Polzin, Roy Andersen, Jason Rich, Michael Stack, and Robert “Shoofly” Shufelt.
Another participant, wildlife artist Ken Carlson, says his piece ALL MOOSE began some time ago with a sketch. But he then filed the rendering away in his studio. The original sketch featured books standing between two bookends. But one day recently, noticing a Tim Shinabarger sculpture depicting a moose that he keeps in his Texas Hill Country studio, Carlson changed his original idea to portray only one book resting on a table near the wildlife sculpture. “Creating a painting frequently takes twists and turns in design before it reaches the canvas,” Carlson says.
For WINTER COTTONTAIL, another painting in the show, Colorado painter William Alther chose to focus on the earthy, nuanced colors and patterns of a wintry landscape and a rabbit’s pale coat. Alther captures a snowy setting in midafternoon sunlight—a scene near Barr Lake, northeast of Denver. But as the artist notes, the landscape could be just about anywhere on the Great Plains.
Native American culture has intrigued Utah painter David Mann since he was a youngster. Today he is known for his expressive figurative works that capture the everyday life of Native Americans. Mann is also known for his exhaustive research on his subject matter, which includes everything from attire to musical instruments. In THE HORSE HEAD FLUTE, the artist captures a Native American man with his flute. “Indian instruments such as drums, rattles, jingling metals, or flutes become an extension of the dreams and identity of the Native American culture,” says Mann.
Born in West Germany, painter Karin Hollebeke lives on a ranch in Utah today. Growing up in the United States and at one time living in Texas, she developed a passion for the West and the cowboy way of life. As a painter she eventually chose to focus her creative attention on this region of the country. This show features a sampling of her unique take on her adopted home. “My choice of historic western subjects is the result of a lifelong fascination with the people and drama of the opening and developing of the American West,” Hollebeke says. “It’s almost like time travel, so my objective is to portray a suggestion of a continuing saga instead of a place frozen in time.”
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