Exhibit: April 23 – June 9 Western Art Roundup
May 20 Quick Draw, Sat. Morning @ Riverside Park
May 21 Sunday Brunch Reception, 9:30 – 11:30am (pottery sale during brunch)
WaterWorks Art Museum will kick off their “Western Art Roundup” (Close to Home), Sunday April 23, with an opening reception from 1-4 pm. This exhibit includes five talented artists that feature everyday life or scenery that portrays Montana. From badlands to prairies, cattle herds to brandings, wildlife, and the beauty we are surrounded by everyday. The Western Art Roundup leads us into toward the Miles City Bucking Horse Sale. The featured artists are Afton Ray-Rossol – Sidney, MT, Ken Dalgarno – Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Kim Erickson – Ismay MT, Ryan White – Cohagen, MT and Trish Stevenson – Savage MT.
Ken Dalgarno is a Canadian artist and photographer from Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. Dalgarno has exhibited in group and solo shows across Western Canada and the United States. His paintings and photographs are in private and public collections across Canada, the United States, South Africa and Italy. Ken believes there can be few places in the world where the visual impact of the landscape is as hauntingly captivating as the Badlands of the Northern Great Plains. Encompassing Alberta, Saskatchewan, North Dakota and Montana, these amazing badlands regions contain some of the most surreal and magical terrain you can imagine. The first thing that strikes you when viewing his photography, is the brilliance of these Photos. They give you a raw, visceral wealth of its chromatic bang, that you don’t get in Nature. These Photos are intense and vivid, yet their tone is quietly soothing. Your immediate thought is I want to visit this spectacular places. Ken’s work is a perfect theatre to symbolize the dance of life itself.
Kim Erickson is a ranch woman who documents her experiences through photography. A lifetime of working in the ranching community where neighbors help neighbors and the care of land and animals are a daily part of life has given her a multitude of subjects to work with. The spontaneity of a camera grants Kim the ability to capture those working moments as they happen. Many of her images are realized “in the moment” with a point and shoot camera that she packs with her. You will also find her exploring favorite places at odd times of the day, waiting for the right light and moment in order to catch the true spirit and vastness of the landscapes that surround her. The use of light in many of her landscapes is the result of a foray into portrait photography where she experimented with different lighting techniques. Reverence for the past drives much of what Kim does in photography and ranching. She feels it is a great honor to be able to document this time, in this place through her photography.
Trish Stevenson grew up in a rural area west of Denver, where she was either riding horses or drawing them. She blames her love of the West on memories of visiting her grandparents, who lived in the badlands of North Dakota in an old log house with no running water. Her grandfather, a former bronc rider, told tall tales of cowboys and wild horses, while rolling his Bull Durham cigarettes. Hot, dusty rodeos and brandings were the highlights of the summer and still influence her paintings today. Trish has lived in Montana for over 20 years, where she finds the inspiration to paint the spirit and attitude that still thrives in today’s West. Trish strives to evoke this spirit with her paintings. Painting and drawing have always been her passion, especially anything to do with horses, cattle and cowboys. Living in the ranching country of eastern Montana, her childhood memories and impressions are stirred by her surroundings and her imagination gets fired up to paint.
Afton Ray-Rossol was born in Williston, ND and raised in Sidney, MT. She loves that Sidney is a rural area as this helps her find subject matter to make her soul sing….or paint that is. Her family encouraged her art as she grew and several awards were won as a student. Since 2006, Afton has been operating her own business, the GalleRay. As an avid outdoors woman, wildlife and country scenes take over her imagination. Daydreaming about new works while trekking along on adventures such as boating across beautiful Fort Peck Lake or stalking a bugling bull elk in the timbers of Montana. Her spirit guides her brush as lively paintings emerge and reflect the joy evoking grandeur and thrill of the outdoors. Images with high contrast and rich saturated colors are her indulgence. Although Afton does use other mediums, watercolor is her preference because she enjoys how spontaneous she can be with it. Being able to use something as natural as water to paint with really appeals to the nature lover in her. Afton is extremely thankful for her gift of talent. She cherishes the entire process, start to finish. From the time spent In the outdoors with her family and finding abundant inspiration while doing sol To going back to the studio and watching her ideas come alive as she paints. The custom framing her piece into a complete work of art.
- Ryan White is painting and ranching with his wife, daughter and son near Cohagen, Montana. He most enjoys painting from the wild rangeland and the culture that supports it. Early on, art became Ryan’s primary vehicle to explore and share a fresh perspective of our lands. Through high school and college, he pursued his duel interests in both art and ecology. With his art, Ryan works to expose and give pause to the truths he finds will living in very remote country. Ryan commonly finds ways for his artwork to work for communities causes. These rewarding opportunities have aided the various art awards and recognitions received over the past 18 years. Much of the joy in creating his art comes from partners, such as not-for-profit organizations, businesses, government agencies, educational institutions, and individuals, to foster the health of our local community. Whether painting a landscape, a portrait, or wildlife, Ryan believes firmly in respectfully representing his subjects and providing a gracious presentation. He enjoys pushing the relationships of color, value, and space in each composition, and he works in a variety of two-dimensional mediums.
The opening is an opportunity to gear up for the events that WAM will be holding during the weekend of the Bucking Horse Sale. This year in conjunction with the Quick Draw in the park, a Kids Quick draw will be included along side the adult Quick Draw. Children 10 -18 years of age are encouraged to register. Only the first 15 will be included in this new event. Each will Then also put on your calendar the Sunday Brunch on May 21 held at the Museum. We will have a dedication ceremony to honor new additions to our donor plaque. We are also excited host that Ted Waddell will be signing his new book “Theodore Waddell: My Montana”. For more information about the new exhibit or the upcoming events please contact WaterWorks Art Museum at (406)234-0635 contact us on our website at wtrworks.org, or like us on Facebook to keep updated. WAM is handicap accessible.