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Tuesday, April 6, 2010

HOWL: The Mystique of Wolves

Why is it that wolves are one of the most mysterious, even other-worldly of images?
They are so magnificent and yet figure chillingly in many tales of adventure, even the oft-told children’s story of Little Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Wolf. They have been the focus of harsh, bloody encounters almost to the point of extinction, yet they emerge in many nature studies as nurturing and collaborative within their packs. Whatever the reasons wolves may frighten or intrigue us, one thing’s for sure: we can’t look away!

VISIONS WEST galleries (Denver, Livingston, Bozeman) have partnered with the Natural Resources Defense Council, to host HOWL,
a group exhibition in their Denver location, to support education and awareness about wolves and to support their preservation and their habitat. Participating artists were asked to create works exploring the wolf’s many aspects, from myths and legends to their current plight in the Rocky Mountains. A portion of sales will go to benefit the NRDC’s ongoing work.

The show opens on April 22nd, with a reception at 1715 Wazee Street, Denver, from 6-9 p.m. It runs through May 5,
2010. Fifteen artists, including Duke Beardsley, Rocky Hawkins, Robert McCauley, Mary Roberson, and Matt Flint, among others, will be showing their interpretations on the theme. ROCKY HAWKINS WILL BE PRESENT AT THE GALLERY ON 4/22 !!

Visions West is open Monday–Saturday, 10:00 am - 6:00 pm – Phone: 303.292.0909
http://www.visionswestgallery.com


(Images: upper left, Rocky Hawkins, Yellow Wolf Howl (12x12 oil on board); right, Robert McCauley, A Brief History of Westward Expansion (29x35 oil on canvas); lower left, Mary Roberson, Omega Serenade (22x14 oil on canvas)

2 comments:

Laurel Kallenbach said...

Wolves are certainly fascinating and villified--unjustly it seems. A few years ago, I visited Mission Wolf, a sanctuary in southern Colorado. The wolves who live there are either rehabbing for return to the wild or are permanent residents because they're either handicapped or habituated to humans. (check http://www.missionwolf.com/).

While visiting, we had an opportunity to meet and greet a wolf--after being educated about how wolves communicate nonverbally. Their "handshake" is a lick on the face, for instance.

It was thrilling to have a wolf bound around the group sniffing us and licking our faces. I'd expected "dog breath," and was surprised to find that wolves eating a healthy natural diet has a sweet-smelling breath.

Anyway, I look forward to seeing depictions of wolves at this exhibition!

Cathy said...

I'm really looking forward to this event! I'm a longtime wolf fan. And as a former employee of NRDC, I'm thrilled to know that they are sponsoring this!