Show Preview | Holiday Small Works Show

Scottsdale, AZ
Legacy Gallery, December 10-31

Carrie Ballantyne, Profile of a Wyoming Cowgirl, charcoal, 13 x 12.

Carrie Ballantyne, Profile of a Wyoming Cowgirl, charcoal, 13 x 12.

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Legacy Gallery celebrates the season with its 15th Annual Holiday Small Works Show, which features a wide array of artwork, all sized no larger than 12 by 16 inches. The show has become a tradition at the gallery, and it highlights the participating artists’ expertise and proficiency in creating beautiful, compelling works on a limited scale. More than 100 artists, including Legacy’s top painters and sculptors as well as a few guests, each bring several works to the exhibition, for a total of more than 200 available pieces of art.

The show opens on Thursday, December 10, and runs through the end of the month. The gallery hosts an opening-night reception from 7 to 9 p.m. Works in the show are sold by a random drawing on opening night, giving every potential buyer an opportunity to join in the festivities. According to Janell Grady, the gallery’s marketing manager, the special event “brings quite a crowd of onlookers to see if they are the fortunate ones to purchase these small gems.”

The broad-based show boasts a variety of genres, including landscape, still life, western, figurative, and wildlife. Among the many artists in the show, Carrie Ballantyne, Ken Carlson, Glenn Dean, Charles Fritz, David Mann, and Kyle Polzin are featured. “It is a great opportunity for fine-art connoisseurs or first-time collectors to purchase a small, one-of-a-kind piece of art,” says Grady.

Texas painter G. Harvey has participated in Legacy’s Small Works show since 2003, and his contributions are always highly anticipated. For 2015, he has created two western-themed oils that embody his loose, emotive painting style, while at the same time portraying the immensity of his subject matter in a modest space. Spanning five decades, Harvey’s body of work brings to life the many colorful tales of ranch life, frontier days, and cattle drives recounted by his father and grandfather during the artist’s childhood. When describing his work, he says, “My paintings have never been literal representations. They are part firsthand experience and part dreams generated by those early stories I heard. They are a product of every place I have been, everything I have ever seen and heard.”

Jason Rich, Finally Found ‘Em, oil, 14 x 20.

Jason Rich, Finally Found ‘Em, oil, 14 x 20.

Another notable contributor, Jason Rich delivers several oil paintings depicting contemporary cowboy life in the American Southwest. A member of the Cowboy Artists of America, Rich is grounded in the genre and enjoys exploring his subjects from the intimate perspective of the miniature. “Brushstrokes are so much more on a small piece,” he remarks. As a rule, Rich works in the field to capture not only the visuals but also the atmosphere and feeling of his future compositions. He thrives on such encounters and feels that observation is the key to effectively translating each scene onto canvas. Further, his plein-air studies allow him to represent values and color more accurately. “It’s fun to sit down and be spontaneous and capture the authentic cowboy lifestyle,” says Rich, who continuously seeks to engage viewers by bringing the outdoors inside. —Elizabeth L. Delaney

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