Con­tem­po­rary group show

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Be­gin­ning Au­gust 3 the Ger­ald Peters Gallery in Santa Fe, New Mex­ico, will present Wes­ter­ing, a new group ex­hi­bi­tion that will fo­cus on con­tem­po­rary Western art.

Artists in the ex­hi­bi­tion in­clude Ar­turo Chavez, Aaron Mor­gan Brown, Michael Cas­sidy, Steve Kestrel and Theodore Wad­dell, who will be sign­ing copies of his book, My Mon­tana, Paint­ing and Sculp­ture, 1959-2016, dur­ing the Au­gust 24 re­cep­tion that runs from 5 to 7 p.m.

Works in the show in­clude Wad­dell’s ab­stracted snow and cattle scenes, in­clud­ing Rapelje #3 and Red Wil­low An­gus #14, both of which fea­ture dabs of black paint against fields of white. The work is painted loosely and with a raw en­ergy in ev­ery brush­stroke, but the shapes of the land and the cattle re­main pow­er­ful forms with this high level of ab­strac­tion.

Land­scape pain­ter Chavez will be show­ing two works, Spi­der and the dip­tych Sum­mer Rain. For Spi­der, which shows a top-down view of a rocky spire ris­ing out of the snow-cov­ered desert floor in Canyon de Chelly, Chavez paints a fa­mil­iar sub­ject.

“Spi­der Rock has been a 25-year friend to me and has in­spired nu­mer­ous paint­ings of this beau­ti­ful dual pin­na­cle for­ma­tion. Spi­der Rock stands with awe­some dig­nity and beauty, tow­er­ing 800 feet high over Ari­zona’s col­or­ful Canyon de Chelly Na­tional Mon­u­ment. The for­ma­tion be­gan 230 mil­lion years ago and with time the Chinle Wash has eroded the canyon floor to re­veal this spec­tac­u­lar red sand­stone mono­lith,” he says. “Visit­ing Spi­der many times over the years in dif­fer­ent sea­sons, I have had the op­por­tu­nity to paint, study and con­tem­plate the mag­i­cal his­tory of this beau­ti­ful and in­spir­ing tower. As a pi­lot, I am at home with the ‘birds-eye view’ and have con­tin­u­ally fa­vored aerial paint­ings of Spi­der Rock. In the early days of my ca­reer, I did not have the op­por­tu­nity to ac­tu­ally fly over and take photos of the for­ma­tion, so in this paint­ing ti­tled Spi­der—my first at­tempt

at paint­ing Spi­der from the air—i had to de­pict it from my imag­i­na­tion us­ing geo­met­ric pro­jec­tion to ar­rive at how I imag­ined the raven would see and ex­pe­ri­ence it. In re­cent years I have had the op­por­tu­nity to fly nu­mer­ous flights over Spi­der Rock and take photos from an un­manned drone, which has aug­mented my fas­ci­na­tion and love af­fair with Spi­der Rock.”

Kestrel will be show­ing his bronze Lit­tle Bull, which first ap­peared at the Prix de West in 2016. “Buf­falo/bison…dur­ing my first year of col­lege in New Mex­ico, I worked week­ends for a rancher who cross­bred bison with cattle,” the sculp­tor says. “One vivid mem­ory was of a bison bull that gored and broke the jaw of a mas­sive brahma bull dur­ing a short bat­tle. His in­cred­i­ble power and com­plete dom­i­nance bear wit­ness that the ‘bison tribe’ is still the epit­ome of strength and sur­vival… mag­nif­i­cent her­bi­vores…lit­tle Bull is homage to the linage of ‘Old Bulls.’”

The ex­hi­bi­tion con­tin­ues through Septem­ber 28 in Santa Fe.


Aaron Mor­gan Brown, Fron­tier #2, oil on panel, 14 x 31¾"

Ar­turo Chavez, Spi­der, oil on linen on panel, 24 x 24”

Theodore Wad­dell, Red Wil­low An­gus #14, oil and en­caus­tic on can­vas, 36 x 36”

Steve Kestrel, Lit­tle Bull, bronze, ed. of 21, 11 x 18 x 11”

Michael Cas­sidy, Pack­ing Out, oil on linen, 10 x 14”

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