Fall har­vest

60 new works

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The Plains­men Gallery’s Fall Har­vest Group Show brings to­gether the works of 17 artists, showcasing a dy­namic range of medi­ums in­clud­ing sculp­ture, oil, acrylic and scratch­board. Pre­sent­ing up to 60 works in to­tal, col­lec­tors can view and pur­chase works from such note­wor­thy West­ern artists as John Cole­man, David Yorke, Ed Natiya, John and Suzie Seerey-lester, Grant Hack­ing, Dennis Logs­don, Grant Red­den, Terry Smith, Dustin Payne and Ju­lia Rogers.

Cole­man’s bronze Medicine of Mother Moon is a rep­re­sen­ta­tion of the spir­i­tual fig­ure of the medicine woman in Na­tive Amer­i­can cul­ture. In the in­tri­cately de­tailed sculp­ture, a wiz­ened woman holds a medicine staff, “which con­nects her to the earth and is adorned with many sym­bols rep­re­sent­ing the uni­verse, in­clud­ing the stars, sun, moon and earth,” says Cole­man. “Of her many roles, she is as­so­ci­ated with heal­ing, keeper of wis­dom and watch­ing over the chil­dren of the earth. She helps to in­ter­pret their vi­sions and dreams and has a strong as­so­ci­a­tion to the cy­cles of life.”

Yorke’s oil Wait­ing for His Re­turn shows a Sioux woman who ap­pears to be deep in thought, wait­ing for some­thing. He de­scribes the con­text of the paint­ing: “The no­madic life­style of the Sioux of­ten in­volved jour­neys far from their en­camp­ments, fol­low­ing the mi­gra­tion of the bi­son, search­ing for food as well as the oc­ca­sional sit­u­a­tions of com­bat. Self-preser­va­tion some­times saw many ex­tremes of dan­ger and un­pre­dictabil­ity. The fo­cus here was to il­lus­trate an in­di­vid­ual maiden, sit­ting away from her vil­lage, wait­ing for the re­turn of the keep­ers of their tribe...my in­tent was to por­tray her with some sense of quiet an­tic­i­pa­tion, con­tem­plat­ing their com­ing home...which could be night or day .... any mo­ment,” says Yorke. “Where she sits is in the di­rec­tion where ‘they’ left.”

A pair of young as­pens con­trasted against a back­drop of warm cop­per tones at­tracts the eye

in Trevor Swanson’s Brothers of Spring, a work of oil and patina on steel. “Over the last few years I have de­vel­oped this tech­nique of us­ing met­als and tra­di­tional patina to cre­ate a unique sur­face to paint on,” Swanson ex­plains. “When this piece started to de­velop the col­ors, it spoke to me of a spe­cial place up in Colorado where my fam­ily had a ranch for many years…this par­tic­u­lar pair of younger trees were out­liers of the main group [of as­pens], and I imag­ined them as these two young and ad­ven­tur­ous boys test­ing the lim­its of free­dom as the spring brought back to life the world around them.”

The Fall Har­vest Group Show will be on view Novem­ber 16 to De­cem­ber 14; an artist re­cep­tion takes place Novem­ber 16 from 1 to 4 p.m.

John Cole­man, Medicine of Mother Moon, bronze, ed. of 20, 25 x 14½ x 12”

David Yorke, Wait­ing for His Re­turn, oil, 26 x 36”

Grant Hack­ing, Chal­lenge Is­sued, oil, 24 x 30”

Ed Natiya, Sit­ting Bull, bronze, 23”

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