Chula Beauregard will showcase 20 paintings from her time spent on the Carpenter Ranch in an exhibit titled Generations, presented in collaboration with The Nature Conservancy and Camille Ditrani.
“This show has been an exciting bridge between the arts and agriculture, as well as conservation and ranching,” Beauregard says. She completed a one-year artistic study at the ranch, creating studio pieces that capture the pulse of daily life and work.
Located just east of Hayden, Colorado, the 900-acre Carpenter Ranch was acquired by The Nature Conservancy in 1996 as the centerpiece of its effort to conserve the heritage of the Yampa River Valley. It now operates as a cattle ranch while simultaneously offering cultural and ecological information about the valley.
“Ferry Carpenter...himself was an amalgam: Princeton grad, Harvard Law trained, yet a lifelong cattle rancher in northwest Colorado,” Beauregard says of the man who operated the ranch from 1926 until his death in 1980, and from whom the ranch gains its name. “There are so many great stories and wonderful lessons about unlimited possibilities when we are willing to work together.”
In addition to oils, the exhibit will feature an in-depth look at the ranch’s history, presented by the ranch’s current managers Betsy and Geoff Blakeslee, and river rock installations that invoke the spirit of the Yampa River by Ditrani.
Generations will be on view at the Steamboat Springs Arts Council Depot Art Gallery through March 31.
Attached at the Hip, oil, 30 x 40”
Backwater Paradise, oil, 4 x 12”
Free to Roam, oil, 16 x 20"