November exhibitions announced at the Guild

Thursday, November 15, 2018
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‘Bronze bull’ by Afton Ray-Rossol.

Beneath These Western Skies, Paintings by Trish Stevenson and Afton Ray-Rossol will be on view in the Main Gallery of the Carbon County Arts Guild through Nov. 28. 

Stevenson and Ray-Rossol will be at the Arts Guild for a closing reception, Nov.28, from 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. This is an opportunity to meet the artists and hear about the inspiration for the paintings they create. Refreshments will be served. 

Stevenson grew up in the suburbs of Denver, but she has always felt a connection to the cowboy side of the family tree. Family vacations were spent with her grandparents in the Badlands of western North Dakota, where dusty brandings and rodeos were the highlight of the summer. Her grandfather was a former bronc rider who told vivid, tall tales of cowboys and wild horses. It all made a strong impression on Stevenson and still influences what she chooses to paint today. 

She now makes her home in the ranching country of eastern Montana where she is inspired to paint the people, animals, and action of the West. Stevenson’s artwork has been featured in Western Horseman and Art Horse Magazine. 

Ray-Rossol was born in Williston, North Dakota, and raised in Sidney, Montana. Her family encouraged her art as she grew and several awards were won as a student. 

Ray-Rossol studied art at DCC in Glendive, Montana and it was there that her contemporary watercolor style started to form. She owns and operates The GalleRay. She also teaches youth art. 

Ray-Rossol has shown in several art fairs throughout Montana and the Dakotas. One of her works was chosen "Best of Show" at The Blackfoot Valley Art Auction in Lincoln, Montana. She has been featured at The Gallery in Glendive, Montana and has been the featured artist at Sidney, Montana's Sunrise Festival of the Arts. In 2013 her design was chosen by George Strait in a poster contest. A Best of Show award was received during the James Memorial Small Works 2018 Show. Afton lives in Sidney with her husband and daughter. They are an avid outdoors family and those outings provide many memories and endless inspiration. 

On Nov 8, from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m., join artist Carol Hartman as she guides you step by step to Paint- N-Sip through history. This is the last scheduled session focusing on Pluralism. Pluralism in art refers to a cultural context in respect of the world's cultures, individuals of differing ethnicities, genders, ideologies, abilities, ages, religions, economic status and educational levels is valued. Pluralism honors differences within and between equitable groups while seeing their commonalities. $35, all materials included. Bring your favorite beverage to sip on and plan to leave with a finished painting and knew knowledge of Pluralism. 

On Saturday, Nov. 10, from 10 a.m. -12 p.m. join other local artists for an Open Studio Figure Drawing Session. Bring your drawing supplies and sketch pad to the Arts Guild and draw from a live model dressed in themed attire. All skill levels are welcomed. $5 fee to cover the cost of the model. 

Winter hours at the Arts Guild started Nov.1, and will end April 30. The Guild will be open Monday and Wednesday through Friday, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. The Guild will be closed Tuesdays and Sundays for the winter. 

The mission of the Carbon County Arts Guild & Depot Gallery is to support, inspire, and encourage all artists. Reaching out, the Carbon County Arts Guild & Depot Gallery provides art education and exposure to the visual, performing and literary arts for the benefit of the broadest possible audience. 

For further information visit or call the Guild at (406) 446- 1370.