Nelson Boren’s big life story is reflected in his big, bold watercolor depictions of cowboy boots, chaps, rodeo gear, cowboy kids on fences and well-worn Western hats. From what I’ve read, Boren was a tad repressed as a young artist, and, though clearly talented, was kept from hanging his artwork anywhere in the house except his bedroom. In college, he studied architecture, only to be drawn to watercolors~~but gave it up, thinking he wasn’t so good.
Back to architecture he went; but when that environment proved too restrictive Boren turned back to painting watercolors, this time taking it seriously. He ended up moving his wife and, by then, seven children, to Idaho. He started selling work door-to-door…and now he’s a featured artist at Legacy Gallery.
He and pastel artist Terry Donahue share floor space at Legacy’s Jackson Gallery, in a two-artist show opening July 5th; a reception takes place 4-6:00 pm.
Donahue’s works are, by contrast, gentle. However, his works are also filled with dynamic movement and he chooses to depict a wide variety of wildlife. Some works have a minimalist presence, but are as exciting as any of his works that fill his canvas with paint. Donahue experiments well with space, and his colors are bold, rich. The artist’s emotion is apparent. www.legacygallery.com
Trailside Galleries presents their third annual “Masters in Miniature Exhibition & Sale,” showcasing over 250 small work-of-art treasures by Trailside artists. “Home” gallery artists will be featured as are many specially invited artists, Timothy Mayhew among them. Mayhew was kind enough to write and let the Art Blog know how pleased he is to be included in this year’s special, juried event. The show runs July 15-28th, 2013, with an opening reception on Thursday, July 18th, 5-8:00 pm. All works will be sold by draw at 7:30 pm. The gallery’s roster includes members of the Cowboy Artists of America and the Prix de West.
This is Trailside’s 50th Anniversary year, and the gallery has just recently added a collection of exquisite area rugs crafted in the Middle East to its collections. Stop by and view them any day~~it’s very nice to consider the “big picture” when it comes to presenting your art to the world! Beautiful, hand made carpets set the tone. Trailside is also a partner in the annual Jackson Hole Art Auction, being held this year on September 14th, at the Center for the Arts in Jackson, WY. www.trailsidegalleries.com
Thursday, July 11th, the National Museum of Wildlife Art holds its July “Mix’d Media” event, “Ancient Traditions.” The fun happens 6-9:00 pm outdoors on the museum’s Sculpture Trail. The evening’s fun and festivities include food, music by Gary Small and the Coyote Brothers (maybe some coyotes will chime in!), and a “Temporary Tribal Tattoos & Leather Cuffs” art project! If you’d like dinner, it’s an affordable $5. Otherwise this evening is free and family-fun! www.wildlifeart.org
It’s a fête!
Diehl Gallery’s annual Summer Season opener, “Fête at Diehl Gallery,” takes place Saturday, July 6th, 5-9:00 pm, at the gallery, located at 155 West Broadway. The party is Diehl’s homage to its roster of contemporay artists, a highly eclectic mix of painters and sculptors from around the globe. The gallery’s international feel is distinct, and at this year’s opening party expect to see dozens of exciting new works by Diehl’s roster of artists. That list of artists includes Joe Andoe, Natalie Clark, Ashley Collins, Simon Gudgeon, Kate Hunt, Hung Liu, Kathy Moss, Adam Siegel, Domingo Zapata and many more!