Big Sky Bison by Julie Oriet

BIG HORN, WYO. (November 23, 2015) — The Brinton Museum’s 25th Annual Holiday Show, Hanson & Oriet, On and Off the Wall, will feature more than 70 original works by two Wyoming artists, Ann Hanson of Shell and Julie Oriet of Cody. Their work will be on display in the Forrest E. Mars Jr., Building’s third floor Jacomien Mars Reception Gallery from Sunday, Nov. 29 through Sunday, Dec. 20.

Incorporating the culture of a poetic American West, the show includes landscapes, western and portrait paintings ‘on the wall’ as well as one-of-a-kind small furniture pieces such as creative chairs and benches, ‘off the wall’.

“While this is our 25th holiday show, it can also be viewed as our first since it inaugurates the holiday exhibition era in our remarkable new building,” said museum executive director Ken Schuster. “For that reason, it’s fitting that we will be hosting two women who I believe epitomize the Spirit of the West. Ann and Julie have deep roots here in the West, strong ties to the ranching lifestyle and have shown their work in numerous regional museums including The Brinton.”

Ann Hanson was born in Bremerton, Washington and grew up in rural Wyoming. She has been painting the West for more than 30 years. From cowboys and cowgirls to American Indians, she has a deep love for the Western way of life. Ann’s work has been part of many national shows including Cowgirl Up! at the Desert Caballeros Western Museum in Wickenburg, AZ; The Russell, at the CM Russell Museum in Great Falls, MT; The Cheyenne Frontier Days Art Show in Cheyenne, WY; and the Buffalo Bill Art Show at The Buffalo Bill Historical Center in Cody, WY. Her work has been featured in Southwest Art, Art of the West, Western Art Collector, and Cowboys and Indians Magazine, to name just a few. Her paintings have graced three Western Horseman covers, the most recent being September 2014. Recent awards include Peoples Choice at The Cheyenne Frontier Days Show, and Peoples Choice and Plein Air Magazine Award at the Buffalo Bill Quick Draw in 2014.

“I love to paint. I hope that is one of the things people recognize when they view my work,” said Hanson. “I have been blessed with the great opportunity to follow my dream and create artwork every day.”

Julie Oriet was born and raised near Bozeman, MT. She grew up with a great love of the outdoors and animals. She has participated in many national shows including Buffalo Bill Show and Sale in Cody, WY; Cowgirl Up! at the Desert Caballeros Museum in Wickenburg, AZ; Heart of the West at the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame in Fort Worth, TX; the Coors Western Art Exhibit and Sale in Denver, CO; the CM Russell Auction in Great Falls, MT; and Western Masters – Heart of the West, in Coeur d’Alene, ID. Her work has been included in feature articles in Art of the West, Western Art and Architecture, Southwest Art and Western Art Collector.

“I have always enjoyed the process of exploring new surfaces, textures, patterns and materials, while still being true to my vision for each piece,” said Oriet. “I love combining my western life with the experiences of my travel adventures.”