Artists of Note | Patricia Aaron

Abstracted life

Patricia Aaron, What I Know to be True, mixed media, 48 x 60.

Patricia Aaron, What I Know to be True, mixed media, 48 x 60.

For Patricia Aaron, a semester abroad in London changed everything. Aaron earned a business management degree from the University of Maryland while living in Germany, and she also studied glassmaking, but it was the required study-abroad session that reignited the artistic fire inside. “In London I was reintroduced to art and theater. It made this tremendous impact, and I thought, ‘this is the direction for me,’” she says. Continue reading

Show Preview | Jimmy Devine

Evergreen, CO
Evergreen Fine Art, April 11-May 2

Jimmy Devine, Rough Rider, ink wash, 7 x 8.

Jimmy Devine, Rough Rider, ink wash, 7 x 8.

Growing up in New York City, Devine discovered his love of drawing in middle school, copying the figures of athletes he saw in the sports pages. His mother encouraged his talents by taking him to a workshop at the Brooklyn Museum of Art. Later he attended Rocky Mountain College in Billings, MT, to play football; he earned a degree in fine art and went on to work as an art director and illustrator. By the late 1970s the West had won him over, and he and his wife, whom he calls his greatest supporter, have lived in Wyoming ever since.With pen or pencil, watercolor or alkyd, western artist Jimmy Devine encapsulates the Old West in vivid realism. Fifteen to 20 new works by Devine are on view in a solo show this month at Evergreen Fine Art, which begins with an artist’s reception and talk on Saturday, April 11. “The title of the show is All and More because he’s showing every medium he knows how to do,” says the gallery’s director of exhibitions, Doug Kacena. “Jimmy does magnificent drawings with ballpoint pen, graphite pencil work, watercolors, and alkyds. There will be a little bit of everything in this one.” Continue reading

Show Preview | Western Spirit Art Show

Cheyenne, WY
Cheyenne Frontier Days Old West Museum, March 7-April 19

Michael Blessing, Members Only, oil, 48 x 30.

Michael Blessing, Members Only, oil, 48 x 30.

More than three decades after its 
inception, the Western Spirit Art Show and Sale continues to celebrate the American West. Now in its 34th year, the show aims to capture the indomitable spirit of the West with both traditional and modern art in a plethora of media and subject matters. With over 100 artists displaying up to five works each, the show—which runs from March 7 to April 19 at the Cheyenne Frontier Days Old West 
Museum—gives viewers an opportunity to experience the West and feel its spirit for themselves. Continue reading

Artists of Note | John D. Cogan

Grand beauty

John D. Cogan, The Garden of Zion, acrylic, 18 x 24.

John D. Cogan, The Garden of Zion, acrylic, 18 x 24.

John D. Cogan was gifted a paint-by-numbers set at age 8, completed it, and quickly craved a greater challenge. It whetted his appetite for art, and by age 10 he was taking a workshop with a local artist in Midland, TX, painting still lifes with pastels and oils. At 13 
Cogan’s inspiration became the landscape after a summer trip through the national parks of the U.S. and Canada. Continue reading

Show Preview | Anniversary Show

Boerne, TX
Texas Treasures Fine Art Gallery, April 10-12

Jay Hester, Shut Eye, oil, 24 x 30.

Jay Hester, Shut Eye, oil, 24 x 30.

Nestled in the Texas Hill Country, the city of Boerne is a small community on the rise. Having nearly doubled its population since 2000, it’s fertile ground to grow a fine-art market, which is exactly what Johny Rosa, owner of Texas Treasures Fine Art, hopes to do. This month the gallery celebrates its fourth anniversary show, which coincides with other local art festivities. “I like to call it the Trinity Show because it’s three shows wrapped into one,” Rosa says. “We have our anniversary show and also the city’s Parade of Artists and the Second Saturday Art & Wine show.” Continue reading

Spotlight | Olmsted Plein Air Invitational

Atlanta, GA
Olmsted Linear Park, April 22-26

Hiu Lai Chong, Catch of the Day, 12 x 16.

Hiu Lai Chong, Catch of the Day, 12 x 16.

This month marks the first-ever Olmsted Plein Air Invitational, held in Atlanta’s award-winning Olmsted Linear Park. For four days, 30 artists convene to capture the park as it’s never been captured before. The weekend offers a multitude of events and opportunities for the public to watch artists create and to purchase their works. Co-chairs Lillian Ansley and Andy Hall wanted to bring a first-class event to Atlanta. “We are motivated to make this event exceedingly successful along with documenting what was [landscape architect] Frederick Law Olmsted’s last masterpiece before he died,” Ansley says. Here we introduce you to six artists participating in this year’s event. Continue reading

Show Preview | La Quinta Arts Festival

La Quinta, CA
Civic Center Campus, March 5-8

Jason Napier, Stir’d Up, bronze, 16 x 20 x 8.

Jason Napier, Stir’d Up, bronze, 16 x 20 x 8.

For four days beginning on March 5, the 33rd La Quinta Arts Festival takes over the 13-acre Civic Center Campus, bringing together 225 artists working in 11 different media. Featuring painting, sculpture, jewelry, glass, and more, the show continues to be known for excellence in the art world and was honored as the number-one fine-art festival and fine-craft festival by Art Fair Sourcebook for the third year in a row. “We’re really thrilled that we’ve been ranked number one in the nation,” says Kathleen Hughes, events manager for the festival. Continue reading

Show Preview | Artist-in-Residence Retrospective

Oradell, NJ
Hiram Blauvelt Art Museum, March 1-June 30

Aaron Yount, New Territory, oil, 24 x 48.

Aaron Yount, New Territory, oil, 24 x 48.

Since 1957, the Hiram Blauvelt Art Museum in Oradell, NJ, has been a leader in the wildlife art world. One of only a handful of museums in the United States that focus primarily on wildlife, its mission is to promote the value of wildlife art and encourage education about, and conservation of, its subjects. Beginning this month and running through June 30, the museum presents an exhibit featuring its past five resident artists. Continue reading

Artists of Note | Jenny Foster

Seriously cheerful

Jenny Foster, Mane Attraction, acrylic/oil, 47 x 44.

Jenny Foster, Mane Attraction, acrylic/oil, 47 x 44.

Growing up in a small town on the Colorado River in Arizona, Jenny Foster naturally gravitated toward art. Her parents weren’t of the artistic ilk, but with unconditional support, they provided her with an easel and oil paints when she was just 7 years old. “I’m really grateful they let me go with it, because it was a natural thing for me to do,” Foster says. Continue reading

Artists of Note | Ryan Jacque

Triumph over adversity

Ryan Jacque, Red Pepper, pencil, 11 x 16.

Ryan Jacque, Red Pepper, pencil, 11 x 16.

Many artists might feel limited if asked to work only in pencil. But in the hands of Ryan Jacque, a pencil can capture wildlife and people with stunning realism. Having drawn since he was a kid, Jacque later took workshops at the George Walter Vincent Smith Museum in Springfield, MA, and at the former Ashton Institute of Art. He then experimented with other mediums at Paier College of Art and Ringling College of Art and Design, but he missed the feel of pencil and returned to his first love. 
“I like the fact that [with pencil] nothing is black or white, which is how it’s generally categorized,” he says. Continue reading