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Beauty and creatures of Western America

Daily Staff Report
Greg Beecham

BEAVER CREEK – On Jan. 6, The Sportsman’s Gallery and Paderewski Fine Art hosts an opening reception for “A Journey into the Mountains: An Exploration of the Rural Beauty and Creatures of Western America” exhibition. The opening reception from 5-8 p.m. will display a collection of Western-themed artwork by painters Greg Beecham, Dan D’Amico and Ralph Oberg, along with sculptor Michael Barlow. Beecham offers the viewers of his paintings a personal relationship with animals in their habitat. As the son of artist Tom Beecham, Greg grew up hunting, fishing, observing nature. He was always cognizant of a yearning to follow in his dad’s footsteps. A member of the Society of Animal Artists, he has won Best of Show at the C.M. Russell Auction in Montana, the Pacific Rim Wildlife Art Show in Seattle and the Western Art Association Show in Washington. Greg’s work has been represented in the “Arts for the Parks” Top 100 Exhibition and has a special guest artist for the Southeastern Wildlife exposition’s 1999 show in Charleston. His work has been featured in Arts of the West, Sporting Classics and Wildlife Art Magazine.

Colorado-based artist D’Amico had an early interest in art and drawing and was quickly drawn to the work of Claude Monet and Andrew Wyeth, the latter of whose style became a major influence on D’Amico’s later work. Primarily self taught, D’Amico was selected for the Robert Bateman Master Class of 1991 and has studied at the Beartooth School of Art under painter Bob Kuhn. In 1991, D’Amico was elected a member of the Society of Animal Artists. At the opening of the society’s 32nd annual Art and the Animal exhibit at the Roger Tory Peterson Institute in New York, D’Amico was awarded the Award of Excellence, the society’s highest honor. While presenting the award, Dr. Douglas Lewis, curator of sculpture and decorative arts at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., complimented D’Amico by referring to his painting “The Waiting Game” as one of the finest wildlife paintings he’d ever seen. D’Amico’s work has been exhibited in The Carnegie Museum of Natural History and the Smithsonian Institution Conservation and Research Center and has been featured in Wildlife Art News and Gray’s Sporting Journal. As an avid mountaineer and traveler, Oberg has always kept the wild mountain country close to his heart and this influence is evident in his artwork. For the past decade, his focus on plein-air painting has been a means of learning the colors and values of the world and how to capture a sense of the moment and place. Recently, animal subjects have begun to reappear in Oberg’s work, combining drawing and knowledge of animals with a more impressionistic painting technique. Oberg’s works have been exhibited at the Gene Autry Western Heritage Museum, the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson WY and the International Center for Wildlife Art in Britain. Feature articles on Oberg’s work have appeared in Art of the West, Southwest Art, and Wildlife Art Magazines.

Growing up in Wyoming, Barlow has always had an affinity for animals. Following graduation from the University of Wyoming, Barlow traveled around the world with a backpack and his camera. His photography graced numerous magazine covers including Field and Stream and Outdoor Life. As a Montana-based sculptor, Barlow has continued to explore his passion for wildlife, following in the footsteps of his father who is a landscape painter. His sculptures bring a sense of the vibrancy to the animals along with anatomical accuracy and a classical feel.For the past three years, Paderewski Fine Art has been dedicated to dealing Western artwork. All works can be viewed at one of the gallery locations and online at Regular gallery hours are from 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Sunday. Call 949-6036 for more information. Opening reception

“A Journey into the Mountains: An Exploration of the Rural Beauty and Creatures of Western America” at the Sportsman Gallery and Paderewski Fine Art in Beaver CreekFrom 5-8 p.m. Jan. 6For more information, call 949-6036, or visit

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