Hon­or­ing an­ces­try

Three-artist show

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Of­ten artists are drawn to de­pict sub­ject mat­ter they know in­ti­mately, which cre­ates per­sonal nar­ra­tives in their art­work. April 5 through 26, In­sight Gallery in Fred­er­icks­burg, Texas, will mount a three­artist ex­hi­bi­tion that touches on fam­ily history and cul­ture. Her­itage of My Home, fea­tur­ing the work of Mary Ross Buch­holz, Ore­land Joe and Gla­dys Roldan-de-moras, will see an­ces­try un­fold in im­ages of ranch life, the Na­tive Amer­i­can peo­ple and scenes fo­cus­ing

on His­panic/latin her­itage.

Buch­holz is a sixth-gen­er­a­tion rancher who con­tin­ues that way of life to­day with her hus­band and their fam­ily. “My choice of sub­ject mat­ter nat­u­rally re­flects my love of the land and my ex­pe­ri­ences around an­i­mals and of grow­ing up on a ranch,” she shares. “The an­i­mals and peo­ple that I en­counter ev­ery day are of­ten my sub­jects; and I am grate­ful to wit­ness their true char­ac­ter and hope to por­tray them hon­estly.”

Us­ing char­coal and graphite, Buch­holz ren­ders the dif­fer­ent tex­tures and char­ac­ter­is­tics of her sub­jects to cre­ate timeless black-and-white im­agery, such as She's Start­ing Well, which was in­spired by her filly Lit­tle Bit. “I of­ten pack around my cam­era hop­ing to cap­ture those mo­ments of in­spi­ra­tion,” she ex­plains. “My hus­band breaks and trains our own horses. As you can imag­ine, there can be some fleet­ing mo­ments when he is start­ing colts. This filly named Lit­tle Bit trav­eled smoothly and had a

beau­ti­fully flexed head early on in her train­ing. When sort­ing through my ref­er­ence pho­tos, I just had to cap­ture the daz­zling high­lights glint­ing off her mane and coat as well as how the light and shad­ows fil­tered across Bob’s leg­gings. All of the scuffs and cracks in his leg­gings could ac­tu­ally tell a story on their own.”

Joe says that he is a his­to­rian at heart and all of his stone sculp­tures and paint­ings are re­flec­tions of his up­bring­ing. “I have been around tra­di­tions all of my life, so it’s not very hard to look for sub­ject mat­ter,” Joe says. “I am South­ern Ute and Navajo. My in­flu­ence is pe­riod time events and history that had an im­pact on the Plains In­di­ans, 1800s to 1900. [This in­cludes] trade, bat­tles, hunt­ing, court­ing, change of life­styles, cer­e­mony and songs.”

Each one of Joe’s pieces has a nar­ra­tive, al­low­ing him to share his knowl­edge through var­i­ous medi­ums. One of his pieces for the show is Medicine of Black­horse, de­pict­ing Black­horse who es­caped Dar­ling­ton Agency in 1875. “He was to be sent to Fort Mar­ion in Florida. In­stead, he es­caped along with a hand­ful of rebel Cheyenne who were re­spon­si­ble for the Sand Springs bat­tle,” Joe ex­plains. “De­spite a wound, Black­horse man­aged to make it back to Mon­tana to the North­ern Cheyenne and par­tic­i­pated in many more bat­tles.”

Roldan-de-moras has painted pieces for the ex­hi­bi­tion that re­flect her up­bring­ing in Mon­ter­rey, Mex­ico, as well as the His­panic/latin her­itage that is rep­re­sented in her cur­rent city of San An­to­nio, Texas. “The fes­tiv­i­ties, the land­scape and some fa­mous ar­chi­tec­tural el­e­ments of this area of Texas are what I have cho­sen to rep­re­sent,” she says.

Many of Roldan-de-moras’ paint­ings de­pict the “Mex­i­can es­cara­muzas rid­ing horses sidesad­dle

in rodeo-style fes­ti­vals, their vi­brant cos­tumes works of art in them­selves,” the gallery ex­plains. Her paint­ings Es­cara­muza Charra and Get­ting Ready at the Pa­rade are two ex­am­ples de­pict­ing these women.

“Es­cara­muza Charra is the moment when a team of es­cara­muzas, and their fam­i­lies, are asked to en­ter the arena and present them­selves be­fore the com­pe­ti­tion or ex­hi­bi­tion starts,” she ex­plains. “Be­cause I am so at­tracted to painting sun­light, I chose a hot sum­mer day when the wind was blow­ing, and the ladies were pre­par­ing them­selves to en­ter the lienzo charro (rodeo). You can see a young girl hold­ing the ban­ner that has the name of her team, and you can see a young mother, who has her child dressed up in the same out­fit wait­ing to be called to make the en­trance. This is the only time when young­sters can ride with their fam­ily mem­bers.”

Her­itage of My Home opens with a re­cep­tion for the artists on April 5 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Mary Ross Buch­holz, Place of Honor, Goat Skull, char­coal, 15 x 25"

Mary Ross Buch­holz, She’s Start­ing Well, char­coal, 20 x 19"

Gla­dys Roldan-de-moras, Es­cara­muza Charra, oil, 36 x 48"

Ore­land Joe, Medicine of Black­horse, oil, 30 x 20"

Gla­dys Roldan-de-moras, Into the Light, oil, 40 x 32"

Ore­land Joe, War Drums Across the Solomon River, oil, 18 x 14"

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