artists Jamie Barron & Sonja Caywood
SHERIDAN: Sagebrush Community Art Center Presents “East Meets West in Wyoming”
Sagebrush Art Center hosts “East Meets West in Wyoming,” paintings by Sonja Caywood & Jamie Barron. This show features a common theme in two artistic styles:
Jamie Barron, born in North Dakota, currently resides in New York City, where she earned her MFA in Fine Art. Barron says of her work: “I like to engage the viewer by using familiar iconography from everyday life experiences such as barns, cows and horses but changing them just so subtle to make one stop and look. Sometimes using glitter or glazes to create an ethereal image. I find one can easily transplant his or herself into my paintings and remember, dream or reflect. “
Jamie Barron, “Blue Moon Beauties”
Sonja Caywood was born in Sheridan and attended Sheridan College. Caywood explains: “Raised in a ranching family, I deeply value the land and the livestock of the Bighorn Mountain region. It’s essential for me to record this vestige of ‘the west,’ as subjects once thought to be permanent fixtures of our landscape disappear. I strive to express my affection for my subjects in painterly strokes of color with an emphasis on light.”
Sonja Caywood, “Golden Opportunity”
The exhibition runs October 11th- November 16th at the Sagebrush Art Center (located in the Historic Train Depot, 201 E. 5th St. in Sheridan). An Opening Reception and artists’ talk was held on October 11. This project is supported in part by a grant from the Wyoming Arts Council, through funding from the Wyoming State Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Karen McLain, “Freedom on Top of Mountain”
KAREN MCLAIN: Capturing the Beauty of Wyoming’s Wild Horses
We appreciate Arizona artist Karen McLain sharing her love of Wyoming and its wild horses with us – she has tireless captured our state and its wildlife in paint and the result is exquisite. The following is a description from Karen of her most recent trek through Wyoming…
This was the fifth summer that I have gone to visit the wild horse ranges, but the first year that I made it to Wyoming. The trip included stops at the Little Book Cliffs, Sand Wash Basin, McCullough Peaks and Pryor Mountain areas. The beauty of Wyoming was very inspiring and the horses were ones that I wanted to visit for many years. I traveled with my 1972 Shasta trailer, “The Paint Box” and stayed out on the ranges. (Although some areas required truck and tent camping), I had a very comfortable month-long painting adventure.
The McCullough Peaks horses were rugged and handsome, a classic wild horse. Even tough it was windy, I did get some paintings done while I was there. The range is easy to access and the location as the gateway to Yellowstone is easy for visitors to be able to get to on a day trip. After spending three nights at McCullough Peaks, I headed up to the Pryor range. The beauty just blew me away. The open meadows, Tea Cup and Mystic Waterhole areas allowed for wonderful photo and video opportunities. It was a real treat to spend time with Cloud and his band. I know I will be back next year.
On the way home to Arizona, I spent a few days in Yellowstone. While I was there, I was able to get two buffalo paintings done, even though I had to move three times while working on one of them. The buffalo clearly had someplace to go!
Wyoming is a painter’s paradise, and I look forward to my next visit!
“Thundered Into Our Hearts”
“When They Got to the Top”