Trailside Galleries-High Country Summer Show 2015-Featured in Western Art Collector, June 2015

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INSIDE Prix de West • Women Artists of the West • State of the Art: Oklahoma JUNE 2015




Up to 30 works June 1-30, 2015 Trailside Galleries 130 E. Broadway Jackson Hole, WY 83001 (307) 733-3186

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ith summer approaching, the weather and the art market in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, heats up. Trailside Galleries opens its busy summer season with a group show featuring the gallery’s prestigious roster of artists. High Country Summer will feature an array of genres including Western, landscape, wildlife, impressionism, seascapes and figurative. “This particular event provides a wonderful platform to kick off our summer show schedule,” says Joan M. Griffith, director at Trailside Galleries. “The gallery is refreshed with all new work from the artists, and it really sets the pace for the rest of our art season here in Jackson.” Participating artists include Elizabeth Brandon, Jeremy Browne, Bruce Cheever, Stan Davis, John DeMott, Kathleen Dunphy, Michael Malm, Andrew Peters, Cynthia Rigden, Alfredo Rodriguez, Howard Rogers, Matt Smith, Kathy Wipfler, Dinah Worman, Richard D. Thomas, and Dustin Van Wechel, to name a few.

Sueellen Ross, Extreme Fishing, mixed media, 9¼ x 15¾"

William Suys’ As the Sun Sets in the West represents “the grace, beauty and rhythm” of the longhorn. The artist wanted to “create a feeling of life within the beast, and space

around it.” As a child, Suys saw a painting by Walter Ufer, one of the original Taos painters, that continues to inspire him today. “I was struck by the light—an example specific to Taos, and very different than what we experience in the Midwest,” explains Suys. “I came to the immediate understanding that light can take on a distinctly different feel than I was used to, and in As the Sun Sets in the West, I was keen to re-create the type of sunset I’ve enjoyed so many times in the Southwest.” Painting for as long as she can remember, Sueellen Ross is encouraged to paint what she loves, which is domestic cats, dogs and wild birds. Ross’ painting for the show showcases her love for the latter. “My challenge with Extreme Fishing was to create as much contrast as possible between the turbulent water and the motionless blackcrowned night heron,” explains Ross. “At first glance, a mossy, slippery rock in the middle of shallow rapids doesn’t look like a promising fishing spot. But this bird had a very good day Ian Ramsay, Baranof Island, Alaska, watercolor, 20 x 28


Jenness Cortez, Country Morning, acrylic on mahogany panel, 15 x 20

indeed, moving nothing but his eyes, then darting down to pick up the fish that slipped downstream, right in front of his rock.” Prior to becoming a full-time artist, Ian Ramsay was an architect, which influences many of his paintings, including a market square scene from Capestrano, Abruzzo, Italy. Another painting shows his architectural background as the viewer looks at Baranof Island, Alaska, a busy Alaskan harbor. “I was inspired by the hugeness of the scene at the harbor on Baranof Island,” says Ramsay. “It was Alaska—ships, mountains and huge pine forests. Very little inspires me more than a working harbor. Alaskan harbors are always amongst the most enjoyable to paint.” High Country Summer runs June 1 through June 30, with an artist open house June 18 from 5 to 7 p.m.

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William Suys, As the Sun Sets in the West, oil on linen, 20 x 30"


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