Wildlife Dis­cov­ery

New paint­ings and sculp­ture

Western Art Collector - - CONTENTS - For a di­rect link to the ex­hibit­ing gallery go to www.west­ernart­col­lec­tor.com

The an­nual Wildlife Dis­cov­ery ex­hi­bi­tion at Trailside Gal­leries in Jack­son, Wy­oming, is a cel­e­bra­tion of the nat­u­ral world, in par­tic­u­lar the mam­mals that in­habit North Amer­ica. There are a va­ri­ety of species from around the globe fea­tured, but these an­i­mals—elk, deer and bears—tend to cap­ti­vate be­cause of their lo­cal prox­im­ity. The ex­hi­bi­tion, which will run Fe­bru­ary 17 through 29, will in­clude both paint­ings and sculp­ture by artists such as Ken Carl­son, Veryl

Good­night, Shawn Gould, Bon­nie Mar­ris, Ralph Oberg, Ezra Tucker, Kent Ull­berg and Sarah Woods.

“Wildlife art con­tin­ues to be one of the most col­lected gen­res of art in the coun­try,” the gallery ex­plains. “With the height­ened aware­ness of cli­mate change and frag­ile ecosys­tems, the genre has taken on a whole new di­men­sion, as artists strive not only to cre­ate an aes­thet­i­cally pleas­ing im­age, but to have it serve as an ed­u­ca­tional tool to bring more aware­ness to preser­va­tion.”

Adam Smith will be rep­re­sented in the ex­hi­bi­tion by his new work Un­der the Big Sky. De­scrib­ing the piece he says, “This par­tic­u­lar storm was brew­ing be­hind my home last spring. It is a scene that plays out quite fre­quently as clouds build over the Bridges Moun­tains. I knew as soon as I saw it I had to paint it some­day. I have al­ways wanted to paint a thun­der­head and a pronghorn was a per­fect sub­ject to pair with it.”

Mick Doellinger’s bighorn sculp­ture In­com­ing shows the animal buck­ing straight to­ward the viewer. “The ul­ti­mate ‘head-butt,’” says the artist. “Like a mis­sile, he fo­cuses on his op­po­nent’s head and begins to launch.”

Lazin’ Around by Bruce Lawes is an­other piece that will be avail­able. It de­picts a lynx “that has prob­a­bly ex­pe­ri­enced a night of hunt­ing,” Lawes ex­plains. “The lynx hunt by ac­tively walk­ing, flush­ing and chas­ing prey, and by us­ing rest­ing or hunt­ing beds to wait for prey to come close, and then giv­ing chase.

It ap­pears my lynx has just spot­ted some move­ment.”

Adam Smith, Un­der the Big Sky, acrylic, 19 x 27"

Mick Doellinger, In­com­ing, bronze, ed. of 25, 29½ x 17½ x 13½" Ste­fan Sa­vides, Tres Pescadores, bronze, 6 x 23 x 8"

Bruce Lawes, Lazin’ Around, oil on linen, 16 x 24"

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