Colorado her­itage

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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"

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