The Artists in Residence show features art by five award-winning women artists from the region, and beyond. Each was invited by The Brinton for a residency in 2020 to create art for a feature exhibit presented at The Brinton Museum in 2021. This year’s group show includes a diverse variety of work by Vanessa Compton (Burlington, VT), Sandra Harris (Hardin, MT), Elizabeth Yarosz-Ash (Wichita Falls, TX), Julie Oriet (Cody, WY) and Kathryn Mapes Turner (Jackson, WY).
The Brinton’s residency offers artists the freedom to work in a creative environment where the magnificent beauty of the land, the Bighorns and the culture of the West are significant influences in their finished art pieces, either literally as subject matter or as a muse for aesthetic inspiration. Elizabeth Yarosz-Ash’s intimate watercolors depict scenes in Yellowstone and a Cody sunset – the rich color of topaz. Vanessa Compton’s intense, brightly-colored collage works focus on geo-political, social commentary including topics which affect Wyoming, and the world-at-large. Works by Sandra Harris, Julie Oriet and Kathryn Mapes Turner of grand skyscapes, landscapes and horses are equally impressive. Sandra’s style ranges from beautiful portraiture to dramatic clouds set high over the mountains. Julie Oriet paints spectacular landscapes superbly capturing the theatrical light so typical to the landscape of the American West. Kathryn Mapes Turner shows her accomplished hand in rendering magnificent drawings of horses, one of her favorite subjects. She considers this suite of works to be studies more than finished paintings; it’s hard to see the difference as each piece is exceptional. More information about the artists and a listing of pieces included in this exhibit are found on The Brinton Museum’s website, www.thebrintonmuseum.org
The Artists in Residence show continues in the S. K. Johnston, Jr. Family Gallery through October 17.
An artists’ reception takes place on Sunday, September, 12 from 3 to 5 PM. Admission to the reception is FREE.