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"Half Seat" by Maeve Eichelberger. Photo courtesy of Stephen Hume

The Coors Western Art Show Celebrates 25 Years

As always, don't expect to find pastoral depictions of the West.

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First-time visitors to the Coors Western Art Exhibit and Sale often ask the same thing: Where are all the cowboys? It’s a valid question. The gallery, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this month (January 6 to 21 on the third floor of the National Western Complex Expo Hall), is part of the National Western Stock Show, after all. But the show’s 350 paintings, photographs, and sculptures, like these miniature acrylic saddles from Denver native Maeve Eichelberger, are chosen for their representation of life in the West today—not in frontier times. That means portraits of 21st-century ranch life and modern takes on mountain vistas from the likes of nationally recognized contemporary artists Don Coen and Teresa Elliot, two of the more than 350 artists from Europe, Canada, and the United States who have showed here. This year, Colorado plein air painter Dan Young will join them as the exhibit’s featured artist. Young’s landscape “The Super Moon on the Colorado” will serve as the 2018 exhibit’s signature work, chosen for its striking colors, inviting mood, and—much like Eichelberger’s saddles—lack of cowboys.

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