What Does "The West" Mean to You?

What Does "The West" Mean to You?

[caption id="attachment_2584" align="aligncenter" width="680"]Sage RunnersFINAL.jpg "Sage Runners" by Jim Rey[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_2583" align="alignright" width="237"]L LAmour - Courtesy of LouisLAmoursLostTreasures - Rdcd Louis L'Amour - courtesy of Louis L'Amour Enterprises Inc[/caption]

Where does your mind take you when you hear "The West"? Do you think of the mythical West that has deep roots in the American imagination? Are your thoughts fueled by Mark Twain's colorful accounts of gold strikes or the popular frontier stories of Louis L'Amuor? Do you see Hollywood stars of times past, galloping across the screen?

Or maybe you think of the historic West?  Do you imagine the lives of those pushing the edge of their known civilization? Are you drawn to the lives of early explorers and settlers as they traveled the Oregon Trail, crossing the plains and mountain ranges? Or ranchers and cowboys making a new life far from family and friends? Do you think of Native American tribes, following enormous herds of buffalo?

The myth and history of the West continues to influence lives and fire imaginations

[caption id="attachment_2585" align="alignnone" width="680"]Cortez by Maura Allen 32x48 Acrylic on canvas.jpg "Cortez" by Maura Allen[/caption]

Based on our personal experiences, travels, and interests, we each have a different view, perspective, idea of what "The West" means to us. Many of us wish we could turn those thoughts into something tangible, something that captures our inner vision. Something that says to all who see it, "This Is My West"!

Introduction to the Saddle by Jim Rey 30x24 Oil on linen.jpeg
"This is A Saddle" by Jim Rey
Artists Maura Allen and Jim Rey are able to do just that. Each approaches their creative processes with a distinctive style and method. Their paintings clearly state what the West means to them, conveying visually how its future and its history continues to influence lives and fire imaginations. Imagery that says, "This is The West"!

Oh My Darling, Clementine by Maura Allen 24in circle Acrylic on panel.jpeg
"Oh My Darling, Clementine" by Maura Allen
We hope you can join us for an artist reception from 5:00-7:30 pm on June 1, 2018, at the gallery’s Santa Fe, New Mexico location, in the heart of downtown at 125 W Palace Ave"This is The West" will continue throughout the month of June.062018_SW ART AllenRey_FINAL.jpg




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