60 new works
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”