50th an­nual Moun­tain Oys­ter Club Con­tem­po­rary West­ern Art Show and Sale

Tuc­son, AZ

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Fifty years ago the Moun­tain Oys­ter Club of Tuc­son, Ari­zona, launched its Con­tem­po­rary West­ern Art Show and Sale as a way to pro­mote sculp­ture and paint­ings that show the life and lands of the West. The one-day event spot­lights new work by more than 200 emerg­ing and na­tion­ally rec­og­nized artists at the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s home of Pond Man­sion. For 2019, the show and sale will take place Novem­ber 24 from 3 to 5:30 p.m. Dur­ing that time, art col­lec­tors and artists can en­joy cock­tails and hors d’oeu­vres as well as have the op­por­tu­nity to view and pur­chase works.

Par­tic­i­pat­ing in the show are artists such as Sue Krzys­ton, Bill Ne­beker, Deb­o­rah Copen­haver Fel­lows, Tom Dorr, Dar­cie Peet, Ray­mond Gibby and Howard Post.

Post, who has been an Honorary Artist Mem­ber since 2010, will ex­hibit his work Vin­tage, which de­picts a wooden pen on a ranch. He says, “I’m a sucker for old work­ing pens. I mean the old kind made of wood. The kind I grew up re­pair­ing at my dad’s place. Of course, now my own pens are made out of steel just like most peo­ple, but I still love the look of the ‘vin­tage’ cor­rals.”

Peet’s paint­ing Mir­rored in Aqua, Lake Louise was in­spired by a scene she saw after a storm brought low clouds to Banff Na­tional Park in the Cana­dian Rock­ies. “Not to be dis­cour­aged we con­tin­ued our drive higher from the val­ley floor to Lake Louise, re­al­iz­ing we were climb­ing above the clouds, which soon opened up to a crys­tal-blue sky day. Our hik­ing goal that day was first to the Lake Agnes Tea House, then much higher to the Plain of the Six Glaciers Tea House,” Peet ex­plains. “A wide, easy, well-worn trail ini­tially edges Lake Louise so vis­i­tors of all ages, even hand­i­cap vis­i­tors, can get a glimpse of the ex­tra­or­di­nary beauty of this val­ley. Once named Emer­ald Lake, Lake Louise is also re­ferred to as the ‘Jewel of the Cana­dian Rock­ies,’ ‘Di­a­mond in the Wilder­ness’ and ‘Hik­ing Capi­tol of Canada,’ and one can eas­ily see why. Re­turn­ing

from our day’s long, long hike, the an­gle of the sun turned the pris­tine lake’s wa­ters to a milky aqua and turquoise with the mas­sive wall of Mount Vic­to­ria sub­dued in back­light­ing. Pris­tine and serene, yet bold and pow­er­ful, the Cana­dian Rock­ies, es­pe­cially the Lake Louise and Mo­raine Lake val­leys are an over­load of vis­ual stim­u­la­tion and my fa­vorite to ex­plore and paint.”

The Dy­nasty, by Gibby, who was named an Honorary Artist Mem­ber this year, de­picts a mother and her duck­lings as a sym­bol for the ma­ter­nal re­la­tion­ship that all moth­ers have with their chil­dren. “The mother swims with con­fi­dence and ex­pe­ri­ence while her duck­lings stay close by her side with vary­ing lev­els of courage and in­de­pen­dence. They all trust her di­rec­tion, so a few stay hud­dled close while oth­ers watch from a slightly fur­ther dis­tance be­hind,” he says. “One even shows enough courage to vary briefly from the course to do his own thing [by] dunk­ing his head un­der­wa­ter. The man­ner in which the duck­lings fol­low and trust the mother hen’s di­rec­tion is very much an al­le­gor­i­cal rep­re­sen­ta­tion of how my own kids fol­low, grow and grad­u­ally be­come more in­de­pen­dent.”

Tick­ets for the Con­tem­po­rary West­ern Art Show and Sale are avail­able for $50 and must be pur­chased prior to the event.

Moun­tain Oys­ter Club mem­bers Deb­o­rah Copen­haver Fel­lows, Tom Dorr and Fred Fel­lows.

The Moun­tain Oys­ter Club is lo­cated at Pond Man­sion in Tuc­son, Ari­zona.

Dar­cie Peet, Mir­rored in Aqua, Lake Louise, oil, 24 x 24”

Ray­mond Gibby, The Dy­nasty, bronze, 7 x 19 x 6”

Howard Post, Vin­tage, oil, 12 x 24”

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