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4/2/2012 8:09:00 AM
Honor 'Spirit of the West' at Mountain Trails
Betty Carr's Western Shadows
Betty Carr's Western Shadows
DustinPayne's Fiddler of the West.
DustinPayne's Fiddler of the West.

April 6, from 5 to 8 p.m., Mountain Trail Gallery hosts the opening reception for "Spirit of the Old West."

With the passing of their founder Ken Payne, Mountain Trails Gallery pays tribute to his life-long passion of keeping the "Spirit of the Old West" alive with an exhibition of works of their many fine artists. At First Friday's opening reception will be Western and Native American subjects portrayed in the detailed bronze sculpture of Vic Payne, Dustin Payne, Oreland C. Joe, and Susan Kliewer. These dynamic artists will be at work on their latest precast clay sculptures: Vic Payne's Spirit of the Anasazi captures the exact moment a warrior meets his animal spirit in the form of a mountain lion; Dustin Payne's action packed Legend of the Mountain takes the eye on a 360 degree journey around the sculpture as the warrior and his horse come upon a bear; Oreland C. Joe's foundry ready kachina dancer unveils a sacred moment in Midnight Shuffle; and Susan Kliewer's Trading Day shows a Navajo weaver with her brand new Storm Cloud pattern blanket shaking out the sand used to clean the newly completed rug.

Paintings by Western Artists of America founder E.L. Holmes, award winning Wyoming native Ty Barhaug, and phenomenal detailist Gene Speck all show the "spirit of the plains" as they capture the nobility of the warrior and the way of life of the Native American. Paintings by Master Signature Member of the Oil Painters of America Stephen Lang tell the adventures and every day life of the cowboy, all in great detail.

Also at work during the reception will be still-life painter Lisa Danielle who captures the authenticity of historic Sikyatki, Acoma, Zuni, Laguna, and Hopi pottery in her acrylic paintings on board and canvas.

A rare visit by Native American painter John Potter will be worth the visit as he brings his history and rich story telling to every mesmerizing landscape. Works such as Being Mist (oil, 20"x30") and A Day in Sedona (oil, 12"x16") are reminders of the spirit and peace available in the nearby mountains and streams of the West.

Impressionist still-life and landscape painter Betty Carr perfectly captures the unique and timeless nature of the desert southwest in her Santa Rosa Mountains oil on canvas plein air painting Western Shadows (24x30). "When I paint in these areas of the western desert, the spirit of the Old West comes through, and this is the emotion I wish to convey to the viewer," spoke Carr of her latest painting for this exhibition.

Mountain Trails Gallery has been the home to some of the finest artists in the West and has built a reputation as a destination gallery. Come meet these prestigious artists and view their latest works on First Friday. Enjoy libations and lively conversation at Mountain Trails Gallery, located in beautiful Tlaquepaque, upstairs, Suite A-201. (928) 282-3225.

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