Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Report from opening night of "Common Groundwork" exhibit at Sublette County Library

From writer and photographer Cat Urbigkit in Sublette County:

Last night I had the pleasure to attend the opening reception of a great new art show currently hanging at the Sublette County Library in Pinedale. It will be available through the end of the year, so anyone who has the chance should stop in and see the wide variety of art on display.

Six local artists -- Sue Sommers, Christy Anspach, JB Bond, Delsa Allen, Isabel Rucker and David K. Klaren (shown in Cat Urbigkit's photo, left to right) -- teamed up to present the show, titled "Common Groundwork."

Delsa's nature landscape photography printed on aluminum just "pops" from the wall.

Isabel's laxtex on board "Cloud Spirits" series is both inspirational and peaceful.

JB's hammered and forged mild steel pieces are simply elegant -- his "Latigo" was a personal favorite.

Cristy Anspach's sense of fun and adventure comes through in her new series of pieces called "Front Yard," which are delicate works made of crested wheatgrass, dog hair, and other elements of her front yard environment.

Sue Sommers has entered an entirely new creative realm with her large acrylic on canvas pieces, with Streambed and Grassland being all-around crowd favorites.

I've saved my personal favorite for last: David K. Klaren's new graphite series on large Arches cover is nothing less than striking. The series includes a wide variety of subject matter, but even those of us who know little of art history will be awe-struck by his "Stray," inspired by the Alberto Giacometti's bronze Saluki from the 1950s.

This is simply a wonderful display of contemporary art, and I'm so pleased for these talented artists.