Fine Art Gallery

Art of the Southwest

an exhibit by
Wanda Coffey
David Coleson
Phillip West

August 10 through August 26, 2003

Opening Reception:
Sunday, August 10, 2-4 pm

Coffey Old News on the Rock Wanda Coffey has been painting professionally for the past 35 years, but has practiced and trained in her chosen profession most of her life. She is an instructor in watercolor and oils and at present teaches at San Juan College. Being married to a Texas cowboy and attending many rodeos and horse events, Coffey has compiled much reference material for her mostly Western themes. Living in the Four Corners area provides unlimited subject matter ranging from Western landscapes and wildlife to the cowboy way of life. Her paintings have been published in Art of the American West, Western Horseman magazine, and the Rocky Mountain Rider magazine. Her works hang in many private collections throughout the United States.

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Dave Coleson uses traditional blacksmith forging techniques to create metal art. He has been designing and fashioning metal art for over 34 years, Colson Ranch Sceneever since attending his first blacksmith conference in Carbondale, Colorado. Coleson’s inspiration came from watching a blacksmith exhibition at the New Mexico State Fair. His styles include cowboy, Western, traditional, lodge-look, and custom design. Some of the items Coleson crafts are hat racks, mirrors, tables, door hardware, plant hangers, railings, chandeliers, vases, gun racks, and head- and footboards for beds.

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Phillip West is a physician turned artist. During his 25 years as a medical doctor he found himself constantly drawing and sketching, but never gave serious thought to pursuing a second career as an artist until, “out of the blue,” he signed up for a Fechin Institute landscape painting workshop in Taos. West Animas River SoujournHe was hooked, and in 1999, 13 annual workshops later, West retired from private practice. He says, “I love the Southwest and do most of my painting in and around the Four Corners Region. I paint with oils and prefer to finish my paintings on location when possible . . . Impressionist painting is, in general, the most pleasing to me and also the mode that seems to provide the best fit and degree of flexibility for me and the way in which I express myself as an artist.” West’s paintings have been accepted into numerous juried art shows and have received honors and awards.

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Fine Art Gallery: located in the Henderson Fine Arts Building, across from the box office.Student Gallery: located at the top of the stairs in the new West Classroom Complex.