Sunday, February 28, 2010

Western art on display in Wickenburg gallery

Two Wickenburg artists will be featured in a show at Gold Nugget Art Gallery Friday to March 27.
Jane Skaar Coleman and Ann McLeod take you on a journey, either riding horseback through the vast desert landscape or standing on the edge of a magnificent canyon wall. The experience can be beautiful and peaceful.
Even if you’ve "been there, done that," your memories come to life looking at the work of these artists. Not everyone has had the opportunity or the personal experience, however, the paintings of these scenes still can evoke a powerful response.
An artist’s reception will be from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Friday in the gallery, which recently opened in a new location, 28 N. Tegner St. RSVP for the reception is requested.
Coleman is an award-winning artist who paints the western landscape, its wildlife and flora.
Horses are a favorite subject. Splitting her time between the vastly different landscapes of Arizona and Wyoming, her subjects may be found among rocks and cacti or cooling their hooves in a refreshing stream.
Inspiration comes from being on location, where she sketches and paints. Her goal is to capture the essence of a particular place or subject and communicate that impression through her work.
When McLeod was in her late 20s, she was encouraged by a neighbor to use her artistic gift through painting. Within a year, she was showing and selling her work.
She realizes that the power of first-hand experience adds authenticity to her paintings, so each summer she travels to gather reference material for her work.
The strength of her work lies in her ability to create a certain mood about a scene and translate it to the viewer.
Gold Nugget Art Gallery sits between Ranch Dressing Museum Store and Nana’s Sandwich Saloon, and is close to the Desert Caballeros Western Museum.
Regular gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Call the gallery at 928-684-5849 or visit

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