Gal­leries and Gear

Trap­pings of Texas high­lights cow­boy gear and Western works.

Western Art Collector - - MUSEUM PREVIEW -

Dur­ing its open­ing week­end April 12 through 14, the Mu­seum of the Big Bend’s 32nd an­nual Trap­pings of Texas show will ex­hibit custom cow­boy gear along­side art­work from emerg­ing and es­tab­lished Western artists.

This year’s premier artist is Buf­falo, Wy­oming-based Chess­ney Se­vier. Her fea­tured etch­ing Jack of All Trades is a de­pic­tion of her daugh­ter’s horse Freck­les. “He’s a tall gi­raffe of a horse that she has used for 4-H and Ju­nior Rodeo; we can al­ways de­pend on him to be steady and safe,” she says. “My art is an au­then­tic ex­pres­sion of my life. The cul­ture and land­scape are rooted so deep in my soul that it’s au­to­mat­i­cally what I cre­ate.” Se­vier will demon­strate her work dur­ing the week­end.

Kim Mackey’s Shade of Night is also among the works on view, and de­picts a cow­boy and horse on a warm sum­mer night. “There’s just some­thing mag­i­cal about that time of the night on the prairie with the full moon. It’s very bril­liant. There’s a spe­cial glow to the land­scape, and that’s what I tried to por­tray in the paint­ing,” he says.

Bryan Asher tries to make his art­work re­al­is­tic and ac­cu­rate down to the small­est de­tail. “A lady who was re­cently look­ing at the draw­ing Dust com­mented that it made her want to cough,” he says. “If it looks that real, I feel I’ve ac­com­plished some­thing.”

Other artists with work in the show in­clude Chase Al­mond, Her­man Walker, Janey Brous­sard, Tom Paul­son, Lindy Cook Sev­erns and Ja­son Scull.

“Trap­pings of Texas is more than an art and

The Mu­seum of the Big Bend in Alpine, Texas. Cow­boy gear and art on view in the mu­seum gal­leries.

Her­man Walker, Trail­ing Along, oil, 11 x 14”

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