“Locals First” show features contemporary Durango artists Jim Bagley and Jenny Gummersall
DURANGO, CO: May 18, 2016; The two-person show during First Thursday Art Walk on Thursday, September 1, 2016 features contemporary western painter Jim Bagley and contemporary Americana-style photographer Jenny Gummersall from 5:00-7:00 pm at Sorrel Sky Gallery’s downtown location at 828 Main Ave. Both artists are well known not only locally, but nationally as well, and will be present at this show, presenting new works for the first time.
Jim Bagley’s landscape paintings, masterfully rendered in oil, capture the beauty and simplicity of overlooked terrains and out of the way places. Ever alert to the dramatic interaction between the land and the sky of the West, Bagley often travels on foot to locate and document the splendor of undiscovered places. “My paintings are records of the places I have been. I try to go ‘back there’ in my mind when I paint these places later.”
Jenny Gummersall depicts familiar Southwest icons in a contemporary Americana-style, encapsulating her distinctive vision of the West. Her photographic imagery may be playful, sublime or endearing, and is always inspired by an interest in capturing the illuminated forms she observes in her environment. “My art is a place where the viewer can escape their everyday realities and enter mine. It is hopefully a created space to pause, enter and be within, offering humor, awe, inspiration and happiness. This is ‘My West’”.
Sorrel Sky Gallery owner, Shanan Campbell Wells, is pleased to have two local artists at this First Thursday Art Walk. “Although the gallery proudly represents artists from throughout the West, there is something special about having the focus of an evening be on two local artists. Jim and Jenny each express their talents in such distinct ways, pairing their work for an evening creates an exciting and dynamic fusion of mediums and styles.”
Sorrel Sky Gallery’s fresh approach to Western art presents a select collection of contemporary and traditional fine art and jewelry for the discerning collector. Sorrel Sky Gallery was founded in Durango, CO in 2002 and opened its Santa Fe, NM location in 2014. It represents over 70 painters, sculptors and jewelers including bronze artist Star Liana York and jewelry artist Ben Nighthorse, among others.