Cheyenne Fron­tier Days Art Show & Sale

Cheyenne, WY

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The Cheyenne Fron­tier Days Western Art Show & Sale is an art in­vi­ta­tional fea­tur­ing no­table Western artists across the coun­try pre­sent­ing orig­i­nal works. Over the course of nearly four decades, this an­nual event has grown into the mu­seum’s largest fundraiser for arts ed­u­ca­tion, ex­hibits and col­lec­tions, cel­e­brat­ing the his­tory and cul­tural vi­brancy of the Amer­i­can West. With the open­ing re­cep­tion kick­ing off on Thurs­day, July 19, the Cheyenne Fron­tier Days Art Show runs through Au­gust 19. The open­ing re­cep­tion fea­tures a glimpse of the Car­riage Hall, which will be filled with ex­clu­sive art­work not pre­vi­ously avail­able to the pub­lic.

Artists tak­ing part this year in­clude Gail Jones Sun­dell, Bran­don Bai­ley, Sab­rina Stiles, Guadalupe Bara­jas, Matthew Wolf and Mar­garet Graziano, among oth­ers.

Stiles, a new­comer this year, says Cheyenne Fron­tier Days is the quin­tes­sen­tial Western experience, from the Pro­fes­sional Rodeo Cow­boys As­so­ci­a­tion rodeo to “Fron­tier Nights,” which fea­tures the big­gest stars in coun­try mu­sic. “Cheyenne is a small town with a big heart,” says Stiles. “Hav­ing been se­lected to show my work along­side such an amaz­ingly tal­ented group of artists is a bit like win­ning the lottery. Some­times I have to pinch my­self.” One of Stiles’ pieces, a pas­tel ti­tled Au­tumn Ra­di­ance, de­picts a small creek sur­rounded by muted-yel­low cot­ton­woods. “There’s some­thing mag­i­cal about these wide open spa­ces and the light that I can’t seem to get enough of. I’m al­ways try­ing to get

my feel­ing for these places down in two di­men­sional forms. It’s a lit­tle like writ­ing po­etry with paint I sup­pose,” she says. Stiles ex­plains that hav­ing re­vis­ited this theme of­ten, she is more eas­ily able to ex­per­i­ment with el­e­ments like vary­ing color har­mony, com­po­si­tion and tech­nique. The Cheyenne Fron­tier Days Art Show breathes life into the Old West, while si­mul­ta­ne­ously il­lus­trat­ing scenes of con­tem­po­rary Western cul­ture, says Sun­dell. “I grew up lis­ten­ing to my dad’s sto­ries of his ex­pe­ri­ences of his early life grow­ing up near the Cheyenne and Ara­paho reser­va­tions in Ok­la­homa,” she says. “Some of my fa­vorite paint­ings of his were of dig­ni­fied older men who led their tribes through some very try­ing times.” The sculp­tor’s piece One Last Stand, carved from Colorado al­abaster, de­picts a proud war­rior ready­ing for a bat­tle with an en­emy war­rior so­ci­ety.

Bai­ley’s oil paint­ing Moon­lit Re­flec­tions shows two cow­boys sit­ting near a fire dur­ing a quiet night, il­lu­mi­nated by the light of the moon and the mod­est flames. “I al­ways en­joy that time of night where the world stands still, and the only sounds to [be] heard are the crackle of a fire or the dis­tant howl of a coy­ote. It al­ways seems like the best time to pon­der and re­flect is un­der the glow of a moon,” he says.

Dozens of other artists will be in at­ten­dance this year to cel­e­brate and show­case Western art.

Artists Mar­lin Ro­tach, sec­ond from left, Maura Allen and Don Weller with Miss Fron­tier and the Lady-in-wait­ing at the 2017 event.

A view of the gallery at last year’s show.

Don Weller, Rodeo Icon, wa­ter­color, 18 x 24”

Gail Jones Sun­dell, One Last Stand, Colorado al­abaster, 27 x 10 x 11½”

Sab­rina Stiles, Au­tumn Ra­di­ance, pas­tel, 16 x 20”

Bran­don Bai­ley, Moon­lit Re­flec­tions, oil, 24 x 36”

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