“Southwest Journeys” with Peggy Immel

“Peggy’s paintings have a sense of duality, one of discovery and of familiarity."
- Shanan Campbell Wells

Sorrel Sky Gallery Durango is looking forward to hosting a one-woman show, “Southwest Journeys” featuring the plein air and studio paintings of Peggy Immel. Nature and adventure are Peggy's muse. Her paintings are inspired by the striking beauty of the Southwest, and her passion for the landscape is enhanced by her frequent explorations of both new and familiar places. She regularly paints in plein air, participating in exhibitions across the country. Join us for the opening reception to see several new works, in a variety of sizes, on April 5, 2019, from 5:00-7:00 pm, at the gallery’s downtown location, 828 Main Ave. The show will continue throughout the month of April.

“I’m painting my immediate surroundings much more and in particular, the area around my house in Taos and the drive up to Durango and Southern Colorado.”
- Peggy Immel

Peggy's subject matter of interest has recently become more geographically local in nature. Her attention has been focused on lighting and capturing its unique effects on these familiar, yet ever-changing landscapes. Often painting from the same location, she sees these landscapes as old friends, discovering new and previously unexplored characteristics. At times she includes animals in her paintings, as she finds that a flock of birds or a couple of cows in the distance add life and subtle energy to what might otherwise be a viewed as a staid scene.

In describing her approach Peggy often uses the word “playing,” a true reflection of the joy and fun she experiences as she paints. While using techniques that are characteristic to her work, she also explores color temperature, and patterns of light and dark, experimenting with the contrast of transparent and opaque paint, and the contrast in value patterns. A Master Signature Member of Plein Air Painters of New Mexico and Signature Member of Plein Air Artists Colorado, Peggy is also a member of Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters, an invitation-only association. A member of the 2018 Plein Air Convention Expo's faculty, she was invited to join their 2019 faculty. She received an Award of Excellence at the 2018 Plein Air for the Park event in Grand Teton National Park, WY, and a Best of Signature Members Award at the 22nd Plein Air Artists Colorado 2018 National Juried Exhibition.

Shanan Campbell Wells, owner of Sorrel Sky Gallery, always looks forward to seeing new works from Peggy. “For me, Peggy’s paintings have a sense of duality, one of discovery and of familiarity. It’s as if we’ve stumbled on a hidden location, and then realize it’s a place we already know and love. Her ability to share new facets of a well-known landscape refreshes and revives our own view of our surroundings.”

Peggy is teaching two Sorrel Sky artist workshops this year, at both gallery locations.

It’s Not Easy Painting Green in Santa Fe - March 8-10 - This 3-day workshop will focus on learning how to easily and successfully capture the greens of spring and summer in your landscapes. This class is open to artists of all ability levels.

Plein Air 101 - Taking It Outside in Durango - April 5-7 - For studio painters who have always wanted to paint en plein air. Explore systems and approaches that will make painting outside successful and fun. This class is open to artists experienced with their chosen medium.

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