One-woman Show with Maura Allen Opening During Cowboy Gathering
DURANGO, CO: July 11, 2017; Sorrel Sky Gallery hosts an artist reception October 6, 2017 at Sorrel Sky Gallery at 828 Main Ave from 5:00-7:00 pm as part of Durango’s Annual Cowboy Poetry Gathering. Featuring the innovative yet timeless western paintings of Maura Allen, the evening will celebrate the rich culture and heritage of the American West. The show continues through October.
“Her imagery is filled with history, yet is in no way old-fashioned. It is current and dynamic.” – Shanan Campbell Wells
Maura Allen brings her own distinctive approach to traditional imagery, with timeless themes of cowboys, cowgirls and the western lifestyle, the New West. She portrays the American West with rich texture, vibrant color and dynamic patterns. Her paintings have a cinematic quality that is her signature style and speaks to the rugged nature and allure of the American West. Using wood, steel and glass as her surfaces, she uses light, shadow and silhouette to achieve a bold, unique vision to her work. Allen’s own words well describe her style. “This is the West today…a place where neighbor helps neighbor, where the land inspires awe and serves as the source of our food. A place where the day doesn’t end when the sun goes down.”
Allen’s works should not to be viewed simply as memories of the past; rather as icons of the West that have been passed down through generations, and as a West that is still thriving and evolving. Using glazes, silk screening and serigraph aspects, she begins to build her paintings piece by piece. As her paintings are brought to life, the New West becomes a tangible reality in the minds of the viewer.
Owner Shanan Campbell Wells, says, “Having Maura with us during Cowboy Gathering is so fitting. Her imagery is filled with history, yet is in no way old-fashioned. It is current and dynamic. You can experience the stories she paints, in the same way a gifted storyteller captivates the imagination of their listeners.”
Sorrel Sky Gallery’s visionary approach to Western art allows both new and experienced art enthusiasts the opportunity to select from a distinctive collection of contemporary and traditional fine art and jewelry. Founded in Durango, CO in 2002, Sorrel Sky Gallery opened its second location in Santa Fe, NM in 2014. Representing several acclaimed and renowned painters, sculptors and jewelers, including Kevin Red Star, Star Liana York, and former U.S. Senator Ben Nighthorse, among others.