Julie Nighswonger-Attitude-graphite

Western Impressions will be on exhibit at the Nagle Warren Mansion located at 222 East 17th Street from June 4th to July 3rd with an artist’s reception during Art Design& Dine on June 14 from 5-8pm.

Julie Nighswonger felt the pull of the wide open Wyoming skies after growing up in Minnesota.  She worked summers in Jackson Hole while attending college to earn a veterinary technology degree.  Her love of animals and the scenery surrounding her is quite evident in her artwork.  Julie enjoys working in oil and graphite, exploring reflected light while expressing the simplistic beauty of God’s handiwork.  Living in Wyoming supplies her with an endless palette of inspiration.

Monte Stokes- The Dog Days of Summer

“I heard Red Steagall in concert say “each of us has a story to tell, the beginning and the end are the same, it’s the middle that is different.” I tell my story through my artwork. I paint what I know. I’m passionate about the cowboy lifestyle and agriculture in America. I’m trying to create artwork that is pleasing to the eye and makes someone feel something. If they can smell the smoke or feel the cold then I did my job. I want someone to think “that is how it is” when they see a painting of mine. I would call my painting style or approach “painterly” or impressionistic. Living in Southeast Wyoming and having my own cattle and horses gives me plenty of material to put to canvas”. Monte Stokes

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