Boulder painter Don Coen’s appealing “The Hush of Evening Snow,” with an almost-polka-dotted cow and calf, is the featured work in this year’s Coors Western Art Show, and will be added to the National Western’s permanent collection. Posters of the painting will be available for sale at the exhibit and online.
Coen was born in rural Colorado and showed an early inclination toward art, which his parents encouraged, letting a 4-year-old Coen draw by the light of a kerosene lamp. He eventually attended the University of Denver and earned a master’s degree from the University of Northern Colorado, which was followed by a 12-year period of nonobjective, abstract painting.
He returned to representational work, but his patterns still reflect that time when he “thought only of colors and forms.” He works primarily in oil stick, the tool for this featured painting, plus airbrush, and twig and ink.
Related events and other happenings:
• The schedule for the exhibit begins with a Jan. 5 red carpet reception (tickets: $225) from 5:50 to 10 p.m. This is when the main sales of the show occur as attendees bid for art they want to buy. For information or to purchase tickets, call 303-291-2567 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Proceeds from the art show contribute in part to scholarships produced by the National Western Stock Show.
• Young Guns, for collectors under 40 who gather on the eve of the red carpet reception for an art show of their own where they meet many of the artists, learn about techniques and have an opportunity to purchase art. Call the above number for information.
• A lunch and lecture titled “Discerning Works of Art on Paper” will be 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Jan. 5 at the History Colorado Center. Moderator is Seth Hopkins, director of the Booth Western Art Museum in Carterville, Georgia. Panelists are printmaker Leon Loughridge of Denver; Tam O’Neill, specialist in prints; and Doug Erion, collector and printmaker. They will discuss favorite works on paper, collectability, how to discern between media, and what to look for in contemporary techniques. Lunch included. Tickets: $45, email@example.com.
• On Jan. 6 collectors and art lovers may attend the annual Petrie Institute Symposium from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Denver Art Museum’s Louis Sharp Auditorium. It will coincide with the new exhibition “A Place in the Sun: Paintings of Walter Ufer and E. Martin Hennings.” Leading scholars will discuss the life and work of these artists and their place in the art of the West, led by moderator Patty Limerick, faculty director and chair of the board at the Center For the New West, University of Colorado. Registration is required: $25 student, $55 DAM member, $65 nonmember. Contact Julianne Maron, 720-913-0047, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. South Denver-area artists with work in the prestigious show include Joellyn Duesberry of Greenwood Village, well-known for her Western landscapes, and Duke Beardsley of Englewood, who grew up on a ranch in Douglas County and puts a contemporary spin on his distinctive paintings of cowboys and horses. Amy Laugesen of Englewood creates ceramic sculptures of horses, also included in the Coors Western. (Her work can be found near the fountain in front of the Englewood Civic Center in the Museum Outdoor Arts collection.)