Western Connections exhibit displays contrasts in mediums by four Wyoming artists

February 28, 2019

SCOTTSBLUFF — The works of four Casper, Wyoming, artists will be on display at the West Nebraska Arts Center’s Main Gallery starting Thursday.

Each artist has their own contrasting style, from Barbara Kuxhausen’s highly textured monochromatic collage pieces which are littered with fragments of forgotten places, to the bright and vibrant livestock acrylic paintings of Michele McDonald, which don’t necessarily reflect nature, but rather display McDonald’s ability to convey her personality.

It’s these contrasts WNAC Executive Director Michele Denton said give the exhibit a sense of rhythm and movement. Interspersed on pedestals and tables are the ceramics of Marj Bisiar, whose artist statement states that she sketches her designs before molding them from clay. This approach produces eye catching works that stand a world apart from the knickknacks and flotsam you’d find littering the shelves of department stores.

For Barbara Barella, her work with the light and translucent qualities of watercolors provide opportunities to capture both the serene and peaceful calm, as well as delineate a deliberate balance and design.

“Most of it is Western art, even if you don’t notice it at first,” Denton said. “The collage pieces have details like artifacts and things that you would find when you’re walking outside on a farm.”

All four artists will be on hand for a reception at the art center on Thursday, Feb. 28, from 5 to 7 p.m. Hors d’ oeuvres and refreshments will be served.

Receptions and exhibits at WNAC are always free and open to the public. Everyone is welcome to attend.

The Western Connections art exhibit will run Feb. 28 through March 31.

Support for the show is provided by the Nebraska Arts Council and Nebraska Cultural Endowment.