Western Days and Cowboy Ways Art Exhibit Opens October 7

"Team Players" by Nancy Davidson

Solvang, California, September 12, 2017 – In conjunction with Solvang Antiques, the Judith Hale Gallery announces the opening of their new exhibit “Western Days and Cowboy Ways.” Artists with new works for the show include Bill Churchill, Howard and Betty Carr, and Santa Barbara’s Nancy Davidson. The show opens on Saturday, October 7th and runs through November 13th.

“The Santa Ynez Valley has long been devoted to the equine lifestyle. They love their horses, tack, trail rides and all that encompasses the joy and hard work with their ranches,” says Judith Hale.

She adds, “The gallery exhibits wonderful works reflecting these ways, and we are pleased to feature them during this themed exhibit.”

Wood carver Bill Churchill has accomplished many levels of recognition in his craft, including People’s Choice Awards, Best of Show Awards, first place ribbons, featured artist and guest speaker.  Bill studied anywhere they taught wood carving, but ultimately, is self-taught. Hale enthuses, “You will enjoy the results of his efforts when you see the small saddles that he has brought for the show, brilliantly using the elements of different woods to achieve different effects.”

“Howard Carr has delighted us with his take on the morning with a colorful rooster,” Hale remarks. “This oil painting is a prime example of the brilliant way Howard approaches his canvas with flair, using broad, loose strokes to accomplish his subject.”

Oil painter Betty Carr received her Masters in Fine Art from San Jose State University and has taught painting and sculpture for years. She has most recently been selected as Master Artist in the American Impressionistic Society (AISM signature). Carr’s works, including a small winter scene of a teepee, will be featured in the exhibit.

Santa Barbara oil painter Nancy Davidson has also brought several new paintings for the exhibit. “There is something wonderfully grand and compelling about horses. Whether we are riders or spectators or dreamers, it’s the beauty, power and heart of the horse that enchants us,” says Davidson.

The exhibit also includes works by Vicki Catapano, Lynelle Echeverria, Tillman Goodan and Don Weller.