Time­less Mo­ments

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New works by four artists

Agroup ex­hi­bi­tion at Samarah Fine Art in White­fish, Montana, spot­lights land­scapes and fig­ures in mo­ments of time. The show will in­clude works by Robert Coombs, Shanna Kunz, Joseph Alle­man and Rett Ashby, who each cap­ti­vate with scenes from var­i­ous times of day and in all sea­sons. Each mo­ment is fleet­ing, but shows the beauty of the nat­u­ral world in their dis­tinct paint­ing styles.

For his paint­ing Refuge, de­pict­ing a young woman and her vi­o­lin out­side on a farm, Coombs was first in­spired by a farm he passed al­most weekly. “Each time it lifted my soul and gave me a brief es­cape,” he says. “It’s es­pe­cially beau­ti­ful in late win­ter [or] early spring. When I lis­tened to Leila play her vi­o­lin dur­ing a church ser­vice, it re­minded me of those same feel­ings and I knew I needed to com­bine the two in a paint­ing. I hope the paint­ing shares with oth­ers the feel­ings I ex­pe­ri­enced and en­joyed.”

West­ern Skies, by Alle­man, de­picts an old shed just as the night is about to take over. De­scrib­ing the piece he says, “The in­spi­ra­tion for West­ern Skies came dur­ing an evening walk with my dog as we wan­dered around some old sheds in a nearby field. It was dusk and the drift­ing clouds and fad­ing light caught my eye. The mood of the piece changed a lit­tle as I ap­proached the can­vas—a lit­tle less dark. Still, just enough of a snap­shot to cap­ture that mo­ment.”

Another land­scape in the show, Ashby’s Be­side the Meadow, was 50 years in the mak­ing. “I lived in this area and drove by it daily, study­ing the lights of var­i­ous times of day, weather, sea­sons,” he says. “I en­joyed the unique col­ors, which in­spired me to cap­ture it with my pal­ette.”

The ex­hi­bi­tion opens Au­gust 1 with a re­cep­tion from 6 to 9 p.m. and hangs through­out the month.

Joseph Alle­man, West­ern Skies, oil on can­vas, 12 x 10"

Shanna Kunz, In the Marsh­land, oil on linen, 16 x 20"

Rett Ashby, Be­side the Meadow, oil on can­vas, 12 x 24"

Robert Coombs, Refuge, oil, 14 x 17"

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