Magazine article Southwest Art

The West Select

Magazine article Southwest Art

The West Select

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Phoenix Art Museum, November 10-December 31

ARTWORKS BY 34 top painters and sculptors who cast their creative eyes on the West are on view in The West Select, a show opening on November 10 at the Phoenix Art Museum. The third annual event is known for its broad perspective on the region, with works that encompass not only historic cowboy and Native American imagery but also contemporary life on the region's ranches and ranges. The presentation features landscape, still-life, wildlife, and figurative works in a variety of media, including oil, pastel, graphite, bronze, and watercolor. "The Phoenix Art Museum has been nationally recognized for its commitment to the art of the American West for more than 50 years," says James K. Ballinger, museum director. "The West Select represents the breadth of western American art today in exciting, dynamic ways."

This year the juried show presents more than 100 works by returning artists such as Len Chmiel, Ann Hanson, William Shepherd, Don Stinson, and Arturo Chávez, as well as works by a cadre of new artists, including Gary T. Erbe, Logan Maxwell Hagege, Donna HowellSickles, Tom Palmore, Robert Peters, and Matt Smith.

Florida-based watercolorist Dean Mitchell has participated in the show since its inception in 2011. Mitchell appreciates the all-encompassing, modern view of the West that the show takes into account. "The western shows, for the most part, are pretty conservative, with a narrow perspective on the West," Mitchell says. "This show is great because the curator, Jerry Smith, wants artists to show different aspects of the West rather than the predictable. …

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