An exhibit by Cedar Keshet June 28, 2019 through July 22, 2019
I am inviting you to come to the opening of my latest exhibit called “My Western Life: Paintings of a Tree Hugging Cowgirl”. The opening reception is Friday June 28, 2019 at the Cirque Cyclery on Grand Ave in Paonia, CO from 7-9 p.m. If you can’t make it to the reception, consider stopping by during most of July. The exhibit runs until July 22, 2019.
I’d love to chat with you about my paintings. I’ve been busy all winter working on them. If you can’t make it to the opening, the exhibit runs until the third week of July.
The paintings in this exhibit show the places in the west that are beautifully special to me. Many are endangered by humans. Some of the paintings included are of lands that are part of the parcels still under consideration for fracking in our area. Other paintings include trees that I have a special bond with.
My series “Tree Hugging Cowgirl” will be exhibited next week, Nov 30 from 5 to 8 at the Western Slope Conservation Center. That’s at 204 Poplar in Paonia, CO. I’ll be giving an artist talk at 6pm.
This series explores the impact of fracking and other events on the environment. My plein air and studio oil paintings follow my journey this past year (2018) where I went to sites that are up for oil and gas exploration in the North Fork of the Gunnison area in Western Colorado. This series also includes my journey from Colorado to British Columbia and Alberta and back and the fires I experienced while on this journey. I collaborated with the Western Slope Conservation Center in this series. They were so very generous in helping me put on this exhibit for our community.
I look forward to sharing my paintings and the experiences I had while creating them with you. I hope to see you all there!
I’ve sent out a MailChimp postcard, which you can view by clicking on the following link: Cedar’s Postcard. Thanks!
I’ve been working on my series, Tree Hugging Cowgirl, and have been doing a few paintings of these green gates that keep popping up in the areas of forest and grazing lands near where I live. The gates are always these big green ones and there are welded pipe fence on either side of the gates. Some of the pipe fences go for a long ways, others go for 20 feet or so. Either way, these are expensive. Ranchers might put up a gate but it would be a stretched barbed wire gate over a cattle guard. With a little side gate where a truck, ATV or people on horses could get through. They just don’t fool around with fancy expensive gates like that. Who belongs to these gates? And why do they seem big enough to let a semi trailer carrying extraction materials through? A lot of them have new wire fences with a really wide road cut running along it and disappearing into the forest or over a ridge. These and other questions are needing answers.
My plein air and studio paintings were scheduled to be show in Paonia and Crested Butte during December (yes, that is less than 3 weeks away). However the owner of the space, The Cirque, where I was supposed to hang about 25 paintings and have an opening on November 30th called me earlier this week to say she had made a terrible mistake and double booked the date and space. We had agreed about a show early this summer and I’d kept going in there, measuring wall space, asking questions, etc. She had already signed a contract with the other artist just recently and didn’t know what to do. I suggested that the other artist (who makes willow stick frames with a piece of flat rock with a petroglyph painted on it inserted in the center of these stick frames) collaborate with me. We could hang half our works, each taking 1 of the 2 wall spaces. We could do that in December and in January switch wall spaces and bring in the other half of our work. The other artist refused to collaborate. And the owner of the Cirque told me I could have January or a month during the summer instead. I had already started marketing for the show and was glad I didn’t give the go-ahead on any printing or ads. I have been working with the Western Slope Conservation Center, they helped with maps, suggestions where to go, and were excited to be a part of the opening and exhibit. I was also going to donate a percentage of the profits to them from the sale of the paintings during the run of the exhibit. I was pretty upset but figured when live gives me lemons, I just make a Kamikaze.
My new showing will be one night only at WSCC’s offices in Paonia. Here is the press release with the details. It was great that the staff and the Board of Directors from the Western Slope Conservation Center jumped into help. And my friends were very encouraging as well.
Cedar Keshet’s “Tree Hugging Cowgirl” series explores the impact of fracking and other events on the environment. Her plein air and studio oil paintings follow her journey this past year (2018) going to sites that are up for oil and gas exploration in the North Fork of the Gunnison area in Western Colorado. This series also includes her journey from Colorado to British Columbia & Alberta and back and the fires she experienced while on this journey. Cedar collaborated with the Western Slope Conservation Center in this series.
Join Cedar on Friday November 30, 2018 from 5-8 p.m. at the Western Slope Conservation Center’s offices, 206 Poplar in Paonia. Artist’s Talk will start at 6 with WSCC information and Q&A to follow. Light refreshments will be served. 50% of the profits from this one night’s exhibit will be donated by Keshet to the Western Slope Conservation Center.
I hope to see a lot of you on Nov. 30. That is also our town’s Final Friday, so other galleries will be open. Including the Cirque where I was supposed to be exhibiting. Not like I’m bitter, but just saying its been a challenge. Glad I am a positive person and have found a way to share my art adventures with the community.
I am planning on going to places that are up for a lease sale by the BLM in December. These leases are for gas and oil drilling a.k.a. Fracking. They are very near where I live in Paonia. I am also going to go over to Crested Butte and paint the ranchlands areas that are in need of conservation as well as the ones that are already protected.
Not all of these areas are welcoming.
This is up Steven’s Gulch
Obviously no one is welcome here
At least there is a trailhead at Hubbard Creek.
Not everyone is respectful of our outdoors
I haven’t been thrown out of anywhere yet. As a matter of fact, I haven’t even seen anyone at these areas. I am going to post when I go out on Instagram, hopefully I’ll remember to blog, too. But I do get busy and overwhelmed at times.
My work is in Carbondale, CO at the Village Smithy Restaurant, 3rd and Main, during the month of May. If you’re in Carbondale, grab a bite to eat from 7-2 and check out my paintings. Its a pretty setting and very vital and happening. And the baked goods are yummy!
This is the main wall in the Village Smithy Restaurant.
San Xavier (A-Vear) is a mission south of Tucson, AZ. Ansel Adams made it famous in his photos he did mid 20th century. I painted it en Plein Air when I was at the Plein Air conference in April 2016. It has been accepted to the exhibition: “Wish You Were Here”. It is a national juried exhibit of art that focuses on Southwestern Arizona. The show opens July 29 through August 28, 2016.
I have 3 paintings in the upcoming group show through the Hotchkiss Fine Arts Association. The exhibit will be from February 5 until March 14 of this year. It is being held at the Blue Sage Center for the Arts in Paonia, CO. There will be a dozen artists featured in the 2D and 3D show.
I’m inviting you to attend the opening on February 5, 2016 from 5 to 7 p.m. Stop by, view some art and say hello to us artists.