Legacy Gallery, November 5-7
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Legacy Gallery kicks off the Scottsdale art season with its annual Fall Open House on Thursday, November 5, from 7 to 9 p.m. The broad-based exhibition showcases works by 30 artists from Legacy’s stable, including Glenn Dean, C. Michael Dudash, G. Harvey, David Mann, Charles Fritz, Kenny McKenna, and Robert Peters, among others. At least 30 new pieces are on view, accompanied by additional recent works from the select group.
The show coincides with the exhibition A Salute to the Cowboy Artists of America and a Patron: 50 Years of Amazing Contributions to the American West, which opens Saturday, November 7, at Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West. Featuring art by members of the Cowboy Artists of America, the exhibition celebrates a half century of compositions created to record and preserve western culture in the United States. Legacy Gallery artists who also belong to the CAA are Teal Blake, Tom Browning, John Coleman, Loren Entz, Oreland Joe, T.D. Kelsey, Mehl Lawson, Paul Moore, and Jason Rich.
Janell Grady, the gallery’s marketing manager, says, “We are extremely excited about our Fall Open House coinciding with the Cowboy Artists of America 50th anniversary retrospective. For the past 27 years, we have been proud to represent so many of the CAA artists. We congratulate them on 50 years of creating quality western art and sharing it with so many.”
Noted sculptor and CAA member Coleman debuts his newest bronze at the Fall Open House. Titled THE HEALER, the vividly realistic sculpture evokes a palpable sense of emotion. Impressive detail work throughout the piece brings the Native American medicine man to life, giving him a contemplative yet energetic presence. “Most Native American tribes believe that health is an expression of the spirit,” says Coleman of the piece, “and a continual process of staying strong spiritually leads to great strength, physically and mentally.” The sage figure holds symbols of his work as well, most notably a dragonfly cross, which, according to the artist, “represents infinite possibilities.”
FOLLOWING COLD TRACKS, a panoramic landscape by gallery artist Fritz, also makes its exhibition premiere at the Open House. A study in crystalline whites and blues, the painting presents a wintry narrative inspired by an unusually striking atmosphere the artist experienced on a visit to Wyoming’s Fort Phil Kearny. Of the visual story, Fritz remarks, “These Bannock Indians have worked their way east into the valley known as Davey Jackson’s Hole, named for a white trader. They are hoping to catch up with the elk that left these tracks the night before. As evidenced by their trade blankets, firearms, and horse tack, these Bannocks have come to appreciate the newcomers and the advantages that come from trading with the fur men.” A student of history as well as an accomplished plein-air artist, Fritz adeptly combines figures and events of the past with real-time experiences in the outdoors. —Elizabeth L. Delaney
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