Annual Community Exhibit features landscapes: Last day is October 30, 2021

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Wyo4news Staff, [email protected] [PRESS RELEASE]

ROCK SPRINGS, WYOMING – The fifteenth community exhibit at the Community Fine Arts Center focuses on “Sweetwater Landscapes” with a large variety of styles in 24 works of art.

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“Each year we select a theme for this exhibit based on something currently going on, such as when we celebrated the CFAC’s 50th anniversary, each piece of artwork had to have the color gold,” said Debora Soulé, CFAC director. “Through the years a variety of themes have included portraits, postcard-sized art, autumn, trains, and squares. We leave it up to the artists’ interpretation of the theme and it has given artists inspiration to create work specifically for the community exhibit. This year a group of artists have been plein art painting.”

“Sweetwater Landscapes” is this year’s theme for the annual Community show at the Community Fine Arts Center. Participating Green River artist Deon Quitberg stopped by this week to see the exhibit which will be on display through October 30th.

“It all started when the students of a drawing class I was teaching made some incredible mandalas and we wanted to display them. The annual Community Exhibit is an opportunity for anyone to share their creative work.”

Artists participating this year are watercolorists Angelina Q. Bennett and Sandra Banks. Amanda Romero combined ink with her watercolors in a piece inspired by the sand dunes.

Traditional oil paintings by Deon Quitberg and John M. Vase, and oil paintings created with a palette knife by Gwendolyn Quitberg show the versatility of the medium.

Jamie Green, Patti Meyer Bird, Joel Tankersley, and Debora Soulé each have their own style when it comes to using acrylic paints.

Photographer Dave von Metz caught a single cloud over a rock-faced cliff and a larger rock formation, Boar’s Tusk, rising to the stars inspired RJ Pieper to set out at night to photograph this southwest Wyoming icon.

New this year are entries of two pieces of digital art, both by Sarah Necessary, which mimic the brushstrokes and marks of traditional landscapes.

Two young artists, brother and sister Weston and Mikala Green, entered a painting each. These dedicated students will be inspiring artists to watch.  

“We have already selected next year’s theme – your pets placed within a famous artwork,” said Soulé.  “Perhaps your cat could be the next “Girl with a Pearl Earring” version of Vermeer’s famous portrait.”

The CFAC also displays the majority of the art collection which was started by the Rock Springs High School students in the fall of 1939. It hung in the school until the CFAC was opened in 1966 for the public to enjoy the hundreds of pieces of art collected over the years.

“Sweetwater County School District #1 along with the city of Rock Springs and Sweetwater County Library System have a wonderful, longstanding collaboration,” said Soulé, “By working together the community has an impressive treasure of art for its citizens and visitors alike.”

The public is invited to see this exhibit through the end of October as well as the permanent collection on display. Located at 400 C Street in Rock Springs, the CFAC is a department of the Sweetwater County Library System. Hours at the center are Tuesday through Thursday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Friday and Saturday noon to 5 p.m.

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