Saddle up for the Western Art Exhibit


“Cinch” by Kelly Donovan will be on display during the Western art exhibit at Solvang Antiques

October 8, 2015 – Solvang Antiques in conjunction with Judith Hale Gallery is hosting a Western art exhibit from Saturday, Oct. 10, to Monday, Nov. 30.

Featured will be new works by Kelly Donovan, Joe Eggert, Don Weller and Mehl Lawson. Numerous other works by noted Western artists will be on display, including etchings by Bob Coronato and Phil Tognazzini.

Donovan is known for his impressionistic style, bold color and images of cowboys and their culture.

“The American cowboy…what is it about them? Every boy wants at some time in this life to be one. Every girl at some time in her life wants to love one,” he said. “It’s a fading part of history not given its due course. This is the reason I love to create artwork depicting their life and work.”

The exhibit will include a new sculpture titled “Every Step Counts” by Eggert, depicting a rider with two pack horses descending a treacherous incline. A popular San Diego artist, Eggert is very familiar with the Western lifestyle.

Weller struggled with the choice to be a cowboy or an artist. He has been rewarded along the way to be both. His new work “Roany Had a Bay” is that tender moment of new life captured in watercolor that he is so noted for.

Known for his sculpture and braiding, Lawson is now demonstrating his skill on canvas. He is the only artist to be invited into the elite association of Cowboy Artists of America in both sculpture and braiding classifications.

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