Fine Art & Culture

Western and Wildlife Exhibit

Last Friday we managed to catch the tail end of the Western and Wildlife Premier at the Merc in Old Town. Strangely the gallery was empty, with award ribbons hanging, but no artists in sight. The band was setting up in the back room getting ready for a show, so a quick circuit of the works was in order.

I was a little hesitant walking into this exhibit, as images of wolves on black velvet and cowboys came to mind in my imagination. Mercifully the show was well curated with some great works hanging on the walls.

Marvin L. Dull, HUNTER PROTECTOR. Photo by Crispin Courtenay

Hunter Protector was a fascinating piece that seems to leap off the canvas, it’s even more dramatic viewing it in person.

Linda Merchant, INTERLUDE - SNOWY EGRET. 1st place wildlife show. Photo by Crispin Courtenay

Snowy Egret by Linda Merchant was the first place of the Wildlife Show, a dramatic piece with sharp contrast and translucency that is very difficult to show in painting. Brilliant technique by the artist.

Carol Bedolla, SNOWY MORNING, Best Wildlife Show. Photo by Crispin Courtenay

Snowy morning won Best of Wildlife Show, and made me melancholy for home in Canada.

Vonn Rosser, AFTER THE RAIN (OLD TOWN). Photo by Crispin Courtenay

After the rain depicts Old Town Temecula after one of our infrequent rain storms. The artist captured the light and mood perfectly.

The show runs until May 22 and is open to the public free of charge.

The Merc

42051 Main Street

(951) 694-6480

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