America at Heart: “It’s the West, Honey…” celebrates the rugged individualism of the Western Frontier through the works of Heather Foster, Terry Gardner, Peggy Judy, Sandy Kaplan, and Simon Winegar, with an Artists’ Reception Thursday, June 15 from 5-7 pm.
Reflecting on the exhibition, Ann Korologos explains, “From the peaks of the Rocky’s to the rivers and prairies, to the ranch hands and livestock, each of these artists represents the grit and heart of the American West. After all, ‘It’s the West, Honey..!’”
Heather Foster of Santa Fe, New Mexico, has been working on an Impressionistic cattle series for nearly a decade, visiting ranches and dairy farms, and capturing the personality of western livestock. Foster enjoys showing evidence of the thought process of her work, leaving the changes and refinements in drawing and the composition evident on the canvas itself.
Terry Gardner was born and raised in Missouri and moved west to paint outdoors as a Plein Air artist. A modern painter of the American West, Gardner depicts the hard work of ranchers and farmers, capturing herds and ranch hands. Gardner strives to depict what is not visible to the eye by capturing the mystery and intrigue of the past and present.
Peggy Judy has been inspired from the beginning by the natural beauty of her native Colorado. Drawing and draftsmanship is the skeleton of Judy’s work, but the color, shapes, and lines take the subject beyond the usual. After marrying an equine veterinarian, Judy’s passion turned to all things horses. Her uniquely expressive interpretation renders horses in a realistic way, while taking liberties with proportion and color.
Sandra Lee Kaplan was a photographer of Hollywood sets, the Parisian fashion industry, and celebrities for four decades, until she moved to Colorado and turned her eye to horses, livestock, and western landscapes. Kaplan is best known for her large-scale prints on handmade papers from women’s collectives around the world. Her process is organic, approaching the subjects without a preconceived idea of the final image. See her award winning work, “Power,” at the exhibition.
Simon Winegar has always been an artist. Born and raised in the suburbs of Salt Lake City, the surrounding farmlands became his drawing and painting subjects at a young age. Winegar captures the the moment through quick brush strokes, and the mood through color. This Plein Air outdoorsman studied in Spain and in nature, motivated by the desire to present viewers with landscapes that counter the harshness and ugliness of our times.
America at Heart: “It’s the West, Honey…,” with Heather Foster, Terry Gardner, Peggy Judy, Sandy Kaplan, and Simon Winegar will remain on view through July 3, 2017. For more information, please visit the Ann Korologos Gallery at 211 Midland Avenue in Basalt, call (970) 927-9668 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.