John Muir famously said “The mountains are calling and I must go.” Reuben Saunders Gallery is proud to feature an invitational exhibition featuring fifteen nationally prominent artists who have also answered the call, specializing in artwork of the Rocky Mountains : Chula Beauregard, Steamboat Springs, CO, Lorenzo Chavez, Parker, CO, Mark Flickinger, Arkansas City, KS, Debra Joy Groesser, Ralston, NE, David Harms, Centennial, CO, Peggy Immel, Taos, NM, Kate Kiesler, Breckenridge, CO, Leon Loughridge, Denver, CO, Stuart Loughridge, St. Paul, MN, Kim Mackey, Pueblo, CO, Stacey Peterson, Evergreen, CO, Clare Scott, Lafeyette, CO, Phil Starke, Tucson, AZ, Brad Teare, Providence, UT, Dan Young, Rifle, CO. All works in the show will be For Sale.
During the exhibition we will also feature paintings and prints in our Estate Gallery by well-known Kansas artists who also chose the Rocky Mountains as an inspiration: Prairie Print Makers Arthur Hall, Norma Bassett Hall, and Lloyd Foltz; well-known Wichita State University painter, Clayton Henri Staples; and Colorado artist-print maker, Lyman Byxbe.
Join us in celebrating our FINAL Final Friday with Curt Clonts! In September we will be switching over to First Friday openings. Here is what Curt had to say about his upcoming show!
“I turned 60 this year and it has caused me to reflect on my creating process. I have always maintained that a child is the most natural artist, so I attempt to make my work through my inner child’s eye. With my paintings I wander in to mistakes, drips, and uneven lines that I tend now to celebrate rather than try to repair.
My drawings and mark making are uneven and lean towards crude. I find joy and liberation in this purposeful approach. I do strive for a great sense of balance, both in color and shape to achieve an overall sophistication that renders the work “finished”.
I am a searcher and so my journey is always joyous and, thankfully, never complete.
As I work through my 60th year, count on me to keep working outside the lines.” – Curt Clonts
Curt Clonts was born in Wichita, Kansas in 1959. He was a student of regionalist painter Maleta Forsberg, and of nationally known painter James “Jim” Gross. Clonts is a veteran of over 30 solo exhibitions, most recently at Leedy-Volkous Art in Kansas City, Mo., and The Birger Sandzen Memorial Gallery in Lindsborg, Kansas. He was the Artist-In-Residence at Friends University from 2006 to 2013.
Currently, Clonts is an on-air commentator (“An Artist’s Perspective) for KMUW 89.1 FM, (Wichita’s NPR Affiliate). He is featured in the book “Wichita Artists In Their Studios” by Sondra Langel (published in 2016). His paintings are featured in prominent collections including Wichita Art Museum Permanent Collection, Emprise Bank Permanent Collection, MARKArts Permanent Collection, The Paula and Barry Downing Collection, and The Vantage Point Properties Collection. Clonts paints daily at his studio and home in College Hill.