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Tubac, AZ
K. Newby Gallery, March 13-April 5

William Haskell, Desert Overlook, drybrush watercolor, 16 x 12.

William Haskell, Desert Overlook, drybrush watercolor, 16 x 12.

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This month, K. Newby Gallery presents a group show featuring more than 
30 new works by four recent additions to the gallery’s roster of artists: Robert S. Brown, William Haskell, Allan Rodewald, and Jim Vogel. “As the gallery is best known for traditional southwestern works, these four artists—all of whom have been with the gallery for less than a year—represent a new direction, the ‘new West,’” says gallery owner Kim Roseman. New Directions opens with an artists’ reception from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 14, and runs through April 5.

While all of the pieces in the show can be placed under the umbrella of contemporary western art, each of the four artists possesses a style and focus in his work that is distinctly his own. Using a palette knife in a loose, painterly style, Brown creates bold and colorful landscapes in oil. The Santa Fe-based artist says his works are an expression of his deep connection with his surroundings. “It’s the amazing natural beauty of the landforms and light in the West that inspires me to paint,” he says. Also a Santa Fe artist, Haskell works in both drybrush watercolor and acrylic. His approach to portraying the landscape is rooted in his view of it as a vanishing place. “I believe it’s important to recall the past as we live in the present and move to the future. The landscape tells this history, and it’s important to record and preserve it whenever possible,” he says.

Rodewald is a Houston-based artist whose works include abstracted landscapes featuring big skies and aerial views, painted in oil and gold leaf on canvas or aluminum. “I strive to make thought-provoking work that offers a unique visual experience,” Rodewald says. Vogel also brings a unique perspective to the show with his whimsical portraits of legendary figures, which are displayed inside antique shutters, making the paintings feel like real windows to another world.

“This show reflects a community of artists from diverse backgrounds working within their own points of view to become a stronger and more powerful voice together,” says Roseman, adding, “Their vivid use of color and exceptional talent have created a powerful show.” 
—Lindsay Mitchell

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