Hol­i­day trim­mings

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Group show

Trail­side Gal­leries will ring in the hol­i­days with Deck the Walls: Hol­i­day Minia­ture Show, an ex­hi­bi­tion of new small works fea­tur­ing sub­ject mat­ters in­clud­ing West­ern land­scapes, wildlife, still life, fig­u­ra­tive and more.

Work by Z.S. Liang, Kath­leen Dun­phy, Shawn Gould, Ken Carl­son, Mor­gan Weistling and Mian Situ, among many oth­ers, will be fea­tured.

Dun­phy’s Wyoming Aspen de­picts the Jack­son Hole, Wyoming, land­scape at the peak of sum­mer. “The hill­sides were ev­ery imag­in­able shade of green and wild­flow­ers blan­keted the mead­ows in im­pos­si­ble quan­tity and va­ri­ety,” she de­scribes. “Stand­ing in an aspen grove on an idyl­lic sum­mer morn­ing and paint­ing Wyoming Aspen, the scene be­fore me seemed al­most too beau­ti­ful to be true.”

Black­foot Brave, by Liang, fea­tures a Na­tive man out­fit­ted for war, gal­lop­ing swiftly to­ward his en­emy, ready to face off. The im­age was cap­tured a few years ago dur­ing a mod­el­ing ses­sion near Black­feet Reser­va­tion in Mon­tana, when Liang was work­ing on a large paint­ing project.

Carl­son’s en­try is a wildlife work ti­tled Li­on­ess and Cubs. He says, “We were out look­ing for li­ons and found a big male with li­onesses and cubs. The male lion was rest­ing and I found it most en­joy­able watch­ing the in­ter­ac­tion of the li­on­ess and her cubs which in­spired this paint­ing.”

Gould’s Pow­der and Fluff was painted last fall af­ter the first heavy snow of the year. “I headed out to take some ref­er­ence pho­tos,” he says. “This lit­tle chip­munk was busy try­ing to find food for the long win­ter ahead. I had fun watch­ing it scurry around and ex­plore ev­ery nook and branch look­ing for any­thing that wasn’t buried in the snow.”

Deck the Walls will be on view De­cem­ber 3 through 15, and a fes­tive hol­i­day re­cep­tion takes place De­cem­ber 15 from 4 to 6 p.m.

Z.S. Liang, Black­foot Brave, oil, 12 x 9”

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