Julie Nighswonge­r

Western Art Collector - - ARTIST FOCUS -

Julie Nighswonge­r’s art ex­em­pli­fies life in the West in a way that cap­tures the beauty of her sur­round­ings. In a style that she de­scribes as im­pres­sion­is­tic re­al­ism, Nighswonge­r de­picts mo­ments that she be­lieves are all too of­ten taken for granted.

Her work is an ex­plo­ration of na­ture, an­i­mals and the West. “Cer­tain things catch my eye,” Nighswonge­r says, “It’s the crisp early morn­ing light, the warm glow of the evening or the way the light dances off of a horse’s mane.” In her work, she strives to doc­u­ment and share the unique­ness of the West­ern land­scape and its cow­boy lifestyle. She adds, “It is my hope to stir a mem­ory or evoke an emo­tional re­sponse.”

This spring Nighswonge­r’s art­work can be found in Great Falls, Mon­tana, dur­ing West­ern Art Week at the Out West Show & Sale in Room 284 and dur­ing the Mon­tana Minia­tures ex­hi­bi­tion. Both of th­ese shows are at the Best West­ern Plus Her­itage Inn from March 20 through 23.

Nighswonge­r will also be in Ari­zona par­tic­i­pat­ing in Cow­girl Up! from March 29 through May 12 at the Desert Ca­balleros West­ern Mu­seum in Wick­en­burg and at the Phip­pen Mu­seum’s West­ern Art Show & Sale in Prescott over Memo­rial Day week­end.

Early Morn­ing Jin­gle, oil, 12 x 36"

Beaver Pond Sun­set, oil, 9 x 12"

The Frat Boys, oil, 12 x 12"

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