The 101 Gallery is used primarily to display Western art collections and other specially created exhibits that pertain to the sport of rodeo. Exhibits in this gallery are changed at least twice a year.
Current exhibit: “Western Wildlife”
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – An art exhibit of sculptures and paintings entitled “Western Wildlife” and featuring the works of local artists Aaron Barkley (sculptor) and Mary Pape (painter) both from Monument, Colo. opened Oct. 1 in the 101 Gallery at the ProRodeo Hall of Fame and Museum of the American Cowboy.
An Opening Reception will be held on October 16 from 4-7 p.m. at the ProRodeo Hall of Fame, 101 Pro Rodeo Drive in Colorado Springs and is open to the public. Refreshments will be served. All art pieces are for sale.
The exhibit will be up through February, 2016. The Hall of Fame is open Wednesday through Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
“A passion for nature has made wildlife and animals the primary focus of my work,” said Pape. “Growing up in Topeka, Kansas, horses were the favorite subjects of my childhood drawings. Living in Colorado for the past 30 years, I am in awe of the Rocky Mountains and its wildlife.”
The beauty and diversity of nature and travels to the many National Parks and nature preserves in America continually provide Pape with inspiration for her paintings of the wildlife and landscapes in our remarkable country. She is drawn to intimate views of animals and their surroundings and she particularly loves to portray the way light enriches the drama of a painting.
“I have studied with many of the top animal artists working today, including Greg Beecham, John Seery-Lester, Terry Isaac, Robert Shufelt, Luke Frazier, Carl Brenders, Jay Moore, Kay Witherspoon and others. I attended Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas as a Fine Art major,” Pape said.
Her primary mediums are oil, pastel and pencil. She lives in Monument, Colo. with her husband Larry.
“I have spent the last 30 years finding any excuse to get outside and pursue a passion for wild places,” said Barkley. “I have tried to capture what I see in the natural world and the animals that call it home in each sculpture.”
Barkley started working with acrylic and pencil in high school, but said he has found that the 3-dimentional nature of sculpture gives him the freedom to create more lifelike pieces. Polymer clay is a unique medium offering a lot of flexibility and serving as a great starting point for lost wax bronze castings.
Clay pieces are cast in bronze in limited editions and on a precast order basis. In addition to the pieces showcased in this exhibit, he would be happy to discuss custom, commissioned pieces from desk top to monumental.