Tobey art show at Beartooth Gallery

Thursday, June 28, 2018
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Examples of Tobey’s work, a bronze piece called ‘Equinox’ (20” X 11” X 6”) and a ceramic piece called ‘Nightfall in the Mountains’ (22” X 22” X 6”)

The Beartooth Gallery, Red Lodge, continues it’s Best Of The West Art Show this weekend by featuring World renowned artist Rebecca Tobey, June 29-July


The Galley will host this  2-night event with appetizers and drinks on Friday from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.  with a gourmet meal  at 6 p.m.  there will be appetizers and drinks on Saturday from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. with a gourmet meal  at 6 p.m.

Tobey was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan and spent most of her childhood in Oak Ridge, Tennessee as one of three children of Elizabeth and Arthur Upton. Her mother was a painter and her father spent his professional life working as a scientist who would later chair the National Cancer Institute.

As a child, Rebecca developed an affinity for animals and nature. During the summers spent at a cottage at Watts Bar Lake, she and her brother and sister would spent hours outdoors, playing and hiking, mimicking the calls of mourning doves and bobwhite quail, catching snakes, and living the life of Huckleberry Finn. Rebecca’s parents also ensured that she had a well-balanced upbringing, exposing her to the opera and taking her to the great art museums of the East Coast and shows at the Boston Symphony.

She graduated from New York’s Adelphi University in 1972 with a master’s degree in theater arts. During September 1975, Rebecca visited Santa Fe, New Mexico to attend Fiesta. In 1984, Rebecca met sculptor Gene Tobey while working as a director of a Santa Fe art gallery that featured Gene’s raku pottery. Following their marriage in 1985, they began developing brightly colored ceramic sculptures, which had evolved from dishes and practical ceramics to stylized animals.  

Over the years, Rebecca’s sculptures were characterized by a spiritual intensity and a style that was both sophisticated and primal. The work appeared as sleek silhouettes from afar, but when viewed up close revealed a maze of glyphs and symbols. The sgraffito drawings often portrayed other animals, mountain ranges, human figures, symbols and geometric shapes.

Tobey has long admired aboriginal art and tribal art from South America and Africa. In fact, much of her imagery focuses on the west and its wildness and freedom.

"Many people are fascinated by the West and what it represents—from the days of the Anasazi to those of the cowboy and Indians to pioneer days, ranching and cattle drives—a different way of life," she said.

Rebecca’s sculptures have been commissioned for public and private collections in the United States and internationally. Among her most popular work is the sixfoot-tall bronze grizzly bear named Pathfinder. In 1994, the work was placed at Western State College in Gunnison, Colorado, where students created a custom of kissing the bear for good luck during exams.

In 2000, Rebecca contributed to Baylor University a monumental 15-foot-tall bear named Spirit Walker, which has drawings on its surface depicting the history of Waco, Texas.

The Beartooth Gallery Fine Art is located at 110 S. Broadway, Red Lodge. Phone 446-1292.

Upcoming Events

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