Bighorn Ren­dezvous

Big Horn, WY

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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”

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