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Visions West Gallery :: Counter Cowboy II

Counter Cowboy II

| 01.05.2024 - 03.08.2024 |

Artists: Group Exhibition

Counter Cowboy II will examine the multifaceted western experiences and voices and its influence on America. The American West has saturated the imagination of Americans for decades and out of the myth has come a radical new folklore for our times. The west is much more than a place; it is a space in the American psyche. While it is generally agreed that the region corresponds to the entire territory lying west of the 98th meridian, it is hard to locate on a map. it is a symbol of strength, individualism and struggle that stems from roots that are uniquely American and yet embrace a deep diversity of voices. Visions West will focus mainly on the myriad diversity of voices of the often-overlooked figures of the west past, present and future. It has been said that the American intellect and character owes its striking characteristics to the frontier such as individualism, energy, optimism, and enthusiasm. The west seemed to escape the colonialism that pervaded and shaped the eastern and southern portions of North and South America. Because of an unbridled and sometimes challenging and dangerous wilderness, the west was a place that drew those with a more adventurous, spirited, and pioneering constitution. The west took travelers from the railroad car and put them in the canoe or on horseback. It striped off the garments of civilization and put the necessities of a hunting shirt and the moccasins at the forefront of survival. The history of all the actors of the western past: men, women, families, African Americans, Chinese, Mexicans, and Native Americans were a tough and individual lot. The Western past is not a one-dimensional story of white men marching westward and replacing savagery by civilization, resulting in the ennoblement of the American character, but a multicultural tale highlighting ethnic and racial diversity, with people coming from the East, but also from the North, the South, and the West. Neither is it the story of the unique and exceptional subduing of an empty land, but a tale woven of many stories and voices that echo through past, present, and future. Image: Grace Kennison: I Remember Being Alone, 2023, acrylic on canvas, 62 x 52 x 2 inches

Visions West Gallery :: Park Life

Park Life

| 03.14.2024 - 04.26.2024 |

Artists: Travis Walker

Travis Walker combines expressive landscapes with references to the art historical canon and media of his childhood to explore the atmosphere and ambiance of the American West. Born in Tokyo, Japan as an Air Force brat. Walker spent a lot of his free time reading comic books, consuming science fiction, and drawing the world around him. Currently living and working in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, Walker continues to be inspired by his childhood passions, now incorporating them into his love of western landscapes. Painting on location, Walker captures the open skies, sweeping prairies, and towering mountains iconic to the West, while simultaneously adding a fresh perspective into each composition; Walker often inserts motifs from popular culture into his landscapes, whether it be Darth Vader or Uncle Rico of Napoleon Dynamite. Other works juxtapose wildlife, such as moose, bear, and deer, with urban life, creating comedic reinterpretations of classical western symbols. Join us for an opening reception on Thursday, March 14, 6:00 – 8:00 pm.

Visions West Gallery :: Out of Doors

Out of Doors

| 03.14.2024 - 04.16.2024 |

Artists: Zoe Hawk

Missouri-based Zoe Hawk represents the triumphs and difficulties of adolescence through her intimate portrayals of girlhood, friendship, and play. Posed in a variety of playful scenes, such as by pools, forests, or at home, Hawk’s subjects are imbued with a sense of childlike wonder. Underneath each idyllic surface, however, lingers an atmosphere of uncertainty. Feelings of nostalgia permeate Hawk’s paintings, conjuring up the innocence, anxiety, and curiosity of growing up. The landscapes and interiors which form the backdrop for Hawk’s paintings accentuate the atmosphere of familiarity and discomfort. Lush woodlands tempt the viewer with the mysteries that hide amongst the trees’ shadows, while glimpses of suburbia represent the constraints of societal expectations. Stylistically inspired by storybook illustration, Hawk’s paintings explore the liminality between girlhood and womanhood, juxtaposing impressions of comfort with apprehension. Join us for an opening reception on Thursday, March 14, 6:00 – 8:00 pm.

Visions West Gallery :: Lacuna


| 05.03.2024 - 06.08.2024 |

Artists: Jennifer Nehrbass

Solo Exhibition: Jennifer Nehrbass Image: Measure, 2024, oil on canvas, 36 x 24 inches

Visions West Gallery :: Beau Carey Solo Exhibit

Beau Carey Solo Exhibit

| 07.12.2024 - 08.06.2024 | 5 PM MST

Artists: Beau Carey

A horizon line plays a pivotal role in establishing perspective, depth, and spatial orientation within a composition. It serves as the anchor point around which the elements of the artwork are organized, creating a sense of balance and harmony. For a viewer this can be a way to establish place and start conveying a message. For an artist this can be a starting point and something to refer back to during the creation process. For our own Beau Carey, it created a challenge. “It’s this amazing pictorial invention. A simple horizontal line across a page makes a landscape. But it’s fiction. In reality it happens everywhere and nowhere. Consequently, I thought I needed to disregard it entirely or explode it. So entered the idea of multiple horizons in one picture.” - Beau Carey Image Credit: Wildwood, 2023, oil on canvas, 52 x 66 inches

Visions West Gallery :: Solo Exhibition: Danielle Winger

Solo Exhibition: Danielle Winger

| 07.12.2024 - 08.29.2024 |

Artists: Danielle Winger