"Trails In" Exhibit At Kemp Center Perfect For Country Folk

Just as the dust has settled on the 2012 Cowboy True art exhibit, artists have been rounded up and will be heading in for the "Trails In" exhibit at the Kemp Center for the Arts until August 18th in the NorthLight Gallery.

The artists for "Trails In" were selected because of their exquisite and varied artwork.  All who participated in Cowboy True were incredible with their portrayal of cowboy life in various media, and The Kemp wanted to extend this celebration with this new exhibit. Highlighted will be the art of the cowboy life: spurs, bits, and jewelry, as well as photography, sculptures, paintings and pencil drawings.

This star-spangled collection of artists includes those who are from this area and those from deeper in the heart of Texas.  Mary Cardwell, from Electra, has developed larger-than-life pencil drawings that portray the real cowboy.  Local jeweler and artist Bobby Dove depicts his cowboys with feathery brush strokes and misty colors.  Photographer Ronda Ivy, of Wichita Falls, has traveled to many destinations to capture the right scene.

Galloping in from San Angelo, will be Mejo Okon who will be featured in an upcoming issue of Southwest Art magazine.  Dan Shores, a man of many students and a favorite among actual cowboys, will exhibit his hand-made silver bits and spurs.  Jack Stevens, legendary in this community, has lived the life and now tells his story through his sculptures of horses and cowboys.   A veterinarian from Gainesville, Cindy Westbrook, will feature her vivid paintings that capture the cowboy life in action.

For true cowboy action, the 2012 Ranch Round-up will be in town on August 17th and 18th.  The Round-up is a great partner with "Trails In", complementing this historic tradition. Visit the gallery to see cowboy life in detail.  Then, visit the Ranch Round-up to see the cowboys compete to be the top hand.

The sun has set on the Cowboy True art exhibit for this year, but "Trails In" is another opportunity to see remarkable artwork that reflects the history and tradition of this area.   Please join this unique event at the Kemp Center for the Arts as we honor those who contributed so much to our heritage.

The Kemp Center for the Arts is located at 1300 Lamar.  Hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. on Saturday.  Admission is free to the public.  For more information on the Kemp's gallery exhibits, classes and events, call 767-2787 or go online to www.kempcenter.org.