Coors West­ern Art Ex­hibit & Sale

The Coors West­ern Art Ex­hibit & Sale fea­tures works from 60 artists dur­ing the Na­tional West­ern Stock Show in Den­ver.

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Den­ver, CO

Colorado’s Na­tional West­ern Stock Show is a cor­ner­stone of the state, a nearly month­long se­ries of rodeos, trade and live­stock shows that cel­e­brate the West­ern way of life. A mon­u­men­tal com­po­nent of the Stock Show is the Coors West­ern Art Ex­hibit & Sale, now in its 27th year. One of the na­tion’s most highly at­tended West­ern art ex­hi­bi­tions, the show raises funds for the Na­tional West­ern Schol­ar­ship Trust, which pro­vides schol­ar­ships to stu­dents study­ing agri­cul­ture, ru­ral medicine and vet­eri­nary sci­ence. The Red Car­pet Gala Re­cep­tion opens the Coors West­ern Art Ex­hibit & Sale on Tues­day, Jan­uary 7, run­ning from 5:30 to 9 p.m. The show and sale then re­mains open to the public from Jan­uary 11 to 26.

“With the Coors Show...i tell artists, don’t paint what you think my au­di­ence wants...just bring your best work and paint what you have to ex­press,” says show cu­ra­tor Rose Fredrick. “It’s this sup­port­ive back and forth [be­tween the or­ga­niz­ers and the artists]. We’re like a team, like a com­mu­nity.”

The 2020 fea­tured artist is So­phy Brown, a clas­si­cally trained artist and horse­woman. “We’re re­ally ex­cited about hav­ing her as the fea­tured artist. She’s a strong fe­male painter...and some­body who, at this point, is a mid­ca­reer artist,” says Fredrick. “Things have changed with her be­cause of a lot of tur­moil in her life...and now that she’s back to paint­ing full time, it’s still her, but there’s a new pas­sion to it. A deeper level of emo­tion that comes with the work. I’m just thrilled to be pre­sent­ing her work to our au­di­ence.”

Brown’s mas­sive acrylic Mael­strom is charged with en­ergy—an anatom­i­cally pre­cise horse, its mus­cles pulling and flex­ing, rears onto its hind legs as a cow­boy at­tempts to hang on. “She’s re­ally be­come quite fear­less in putting her­self into the work,” says Fredrick.

“It is such an honor to be cho­sen as the fea­tured artist in this com­ing Coors West­ern Art

Show,” says Brown. “I have been lucky enough to par­tic­i­pate in 10 pre­vi­ously, and each one of them has in­tro­duced me to many in­ter­est­ing peo­ple.”

The works of 60 artists in to­tal through­out North Amer­ica and Europe will be part of the 2020 show, in­clud­ing Michael Bless­ing, Wil­liam Haskell, Linda Lil­le­graven, Ji­van Lee, Chris May­nard, Brad Over­ton, Jill Soukup, Tim Shin­abarger and many more.

Fredrick says that this year, she’s no­ticed an elec­tri­fy­ing surge in the power of women artists. “It’s in­ter­est­ing be­cause our women are com­ing with some of the strong­est work out

there,” she says. “How they’re think­ing things through, the chances they’re taking. It’s very strong, very con­fi­dent work.” The cu­ra­tor cites artists like Lois Con­ner, Laura Wil­son, Maeve Eichel­berger, Dianne Massey Dun­bar, Lil­le­graven and Stephanie Reven­naugh, new to the show this year.

“Our show is re­ally dif­fer­ent—it’s con­tem­po­rary,” says Fredrick. “I’m so grate­ful that artists trust our venue as a place they can bring their work.”

Show cu­ra­tor Rose Fredrick, left, chats with guests at the 2019 show. Photo by Steve Peterson.

At­ten­dees min­gle dur­ing the 2019 Red Car­pet Gala Re­cep­tion. Photo by Steve Peterson.

So­phy Brown, Mael­strom, acrylic on board, 92 x 55”

Linda Lil­le­graven, School Bus, oil on linen, 30 x 60”

Ji­van Lee, The Old Ap­ple Tree, oil on linen, 48 x 72”

Michael Bless­ing, 6+1, oil on can­vas, 36 x 24”

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