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‘Cowboys and Horses and Bears, Oh My!’

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Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Contributed photoA Fine Catch. A collection of new paintings by Linda Loeschen will be on display through Oct. 23 at Main Street Gallery in Glenwood Springs

A collection of new paintings by Linda Loeschen will be on display through Oct. 23 at Main Street Gallery in Glenwood Springs.

“Cowboys and Horses and Bears, Oh My!” will open with an artist’s reception from 5-8 p.m. Oct. 8 at Main Street Gallery, 817 Grand Ave.

Trained at Parson’s School of Design in New York in interior design, Loeschen moved to Colorado and ultimately began her career as a fine artist painting her husband’s cowboy boots, shirts and hats, horses, barns and fences. Her love of the west is vivid in her work, and the loose but representational treatment of her subject shows studied attention to detail.

After years of painting varied aspects of the West, Loeschen is being “discovered” by galleries and publications throughout the West. Recently she was chosen to appear in the Sept. 27, 2010, Western Art Collector under their “Artist Focus Story,” and her painting “Evenings Touch” appeared on the front page of a 12-page article titled “172 Years of Extraordinary Western Art” in October’s True West Magazine. This painting was also honored with the “Artist’s Choice Award” at the prestigious “Cowgirl Up” show in Arizona. Other publications include US Art, Cowboys and Indians, Western Horseman and American Artist. Her “Box Canyon Ambush” was chosen for the cover of the art book “Art of the American West.”

“There’s still a lot of the Old West around, and I love to find those old deserted cabins and corrals,” says Loeschen. “The fence lines with scrub oak and sage growing into and around the bent and broken rails are, to me, so elegant and graceful. Other inspirations are local rodeos, fields of grass, and domestic and wild life which is so abundant in this area.”

Linda’s show at Main Street Gallery will bring together a broad collection of her interpretations of Western life. Ranging in size from 12-by-12-inch delicate studies of cowboy hats, farm scenes and old trucks to stunning 40-by-60 canvasses of bears, her paintings are excellent depictions of the western Colorado we’ve all come to love. Linda Loeschen is excited about capturing the Old West as it transitions into the new West, with an eye towards showing how valuable and precious this land is and how careful we should be in our use of it.

For more information, call Nancy Page at 945-4817.

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