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"