8/25/2014 1:40:00 PM Stories from the West comes to Mountain Trails Galleries in Tlaquepaque
Don Weller, Waade and Spade, watercolor, 20 x 20 inches
Lisa Danielle, Southwest Subtleties, acrylic, 36 x 36 inches
Mountain Trails Galleries in Tlaquepaque presents Stories from the West, which opens with a reception on First Friday, Sept. 5, 5-8 p.m.
Intriguing historical accounts and spirited renditions from the American West will be featured in storytelling paintings and sculpture by a group of the gallery's award-winning artists.
Paintings by Steven Lang, Lisa Danielle, Don Weller, Vicki Catapano, Dan Deuter, Marsha Molnar, and Sara Phippen will be on exhibit, as well as bronze sculpture by Vic Payne, Dustin Payne, Susan Kliewer, Michael Trcic, Deon Duncan, Ed Yazzi, Sandy Scott, and Jim Gilmore.
Steven Lang of Cherokee and Pawnee descent loves to tell stories from his Native American heritage and the Old West. Lang's participation in living history reenactments provides him with an expansive body of visual ideas, access to authentic details, and a passion for historical accuracy in his paintings.
"From the beginning of western expansionism and Lewis and Clark to the early decades of the 1900s, America experienced a period of unparalleled adventures, hardships, triumphs and tragedies," speaks Lang.
Southwest historian and artifact painter Lisa Danielle has a reverence for objects made by hand.
"My 'portraits' from the Old West connect the viewer to what other hands have created, whether it be decades or millennia ago. Connections amaze and inspire me." Danielle's still-life paintings of Pueblo pottery, Plains Indian bead work, and cowboy memorabilia are intimately and lovingly painted to bring the viewer an experience with a beautiful aesthetic that transcends time, such as in her painting Southwest Subtleties of a circa 1880s Acoma Pueblo pot on a weaving over a storage chest with its contrasting textures of clay, sheep's wool, natural dyes, and ancient wood bound with forged metal.
Don Weller says he "tries" to make paintings that are realistic enough that the men and women and horses are recognizable, "I want the paintings to suggest little scenes, start little stories, but ask more questions than they answer."
Weller's cowboy adventures soon turned into a passion for riding cutting horses, rodeos, and ranch life, and from those experiences, he found his story-telling voice in the medium of watercolor.
Weller is keen to accurately portray cowboy gear specific to the region of the country, which varies from California to Utah to Texas.
Also featured are powerful historical and cultural stories that unfold in the sculpture of Vic Payne, Dustin Payne, Michael Trcic, Susan Kliewer, Deon Duncan, and Ed Yazzi.
Vic Payne's mission is to lead the viewer through an emotional journey telling a story with his art, and his passion is to capture the spirit of the West, evoking the pioneering, independent, and mystical spirit of the land and its people.
Dustin Payne, like his father, speaks about his inspiration for storytelling, "The history of the American West has always been fascinating to me. From the early settlers who shaped the West, to the Native American culture that spanned across the country, the historical journals, stories, photographs, and events are what inspire me to sculpt."
Paintings of tribal traditions by Vicki Catapano, mountain man adventurers by Dan Deuter, and cowgirl and cowboy ways by Marcia Molnar and Sarah Phippen will be featured as well as delightful and realistic wildlife in bronze by Jim Gilmore and Sandy Scott. Mountain Trails Galleries at Tlaquepaque, 336 SR179, upstairs Suite A201, Sedona, AZ 86336 (800) 527-6556 (928) 282-3225. www.mountaintrails.com