Big Horn, WY
Nearly 200 works of art will be on display during the annual Bighorn Rendezvous Art Show & Sale at the Brinton Museum in Big Horn, Wyoming. The exhibition, which features artwork by 37 members of the Northwest Rendezvous Group of Artists and seven guests, kicks off July 22 with its sales happening August 3 and 4. Now in its third year, the show has become a tradition for the museum and the group, offering work in an array of mediums, subjects and styles.
Kenneth L. Schuster, director and chief curator of the museum, explains the show “culminates with the sale of fine art on Friday night and Saturday morning’s Quick Draw followed by an auction of the newly produced work beginning at 12:30 p.m. It’s a great opportunity to meet the artists and watch them work on their art.”
Among the Northwest Rendezvous members participating are Carolyn Anderson, Tom Browning, John Budicin, Josh Elliott, James Morgan, Ned Mueller, Rosetta, Greg Scheibel, Sandy Scott and Matt Smith. The seven artists invited to exhibit in this year’s show are Jill Carver, Julie Jeppsen, Kathryn Mapes Turner, Krystii Melaine, Gregory Packard, Chessney Sevier and Spike Ress.
Smith will display his painting Palo Verde in Bloom, which was inspired by the springtime in the Sonoran Desert. He elaborates that some years there is vibrancy to the blooms, such as what happened this year. “Many of the trees I saw looked as though they would implode from the weight of all the blossoms,” Smith says. “This particular Palo Verde, in one of my favorite canyons, was one of those trees.”
Another season’s beauty is on full display in Morgan’s painting If You Come to a Fork in the Road – Take It. He explains, “We have such
wonderful fall colors in this area with many species of trees found in one place. If they all turn on their color show at one time it is an almost unbelievable sight. The title is an impromptu quote from Yogi Berra, which we should all live by and take that fork in the less traveled road.”
In April, Sevier visited West Texas, Fort Davis and Alpine and spent a week on location at ranches in the area. This trip inspired her work West Texas Range Cow. “The landscape, culture and heritage there have always been of special interest to me,” the artist says. “West Texas Range Cow embodied the spirit and my life experience of that place.”
The Friday, August 3, Artists’ Reception, Banquet & Art Sale will begin at 4:30 p.m., while the Quick Draw & Live Auction will begin at 8 a.m. on August 4. Also on Saturday is the ticketed Bighorn Rendezvous Brunch Buffet 9:30 a.m. to noon.
Artists paint during the 2017 Quick Draw as part of the opening weekend of the Bighorn Rendezvous Art Show & Sale.
Collectors view works from the 2017 Bighorn Rendezvous.
Matt Smith, Palo Verde in Bloom, oil, 16 x 20”
James Morgan, If You Come to a Fork in the Road – Take It, oil, 12 x 18”
Chessney Sevier, West Texas Range Cow, gouache, 7 x 8”
John Budicin, Working Late, oil, 22 x 28”