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Scenic splendor

Don Hedgpath
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The family that eats together stays together, but the family that paints together can chronicle the whole of their lives. John and Terri Moyers, plein air artists, and their son, Josh, are sharing their artwork with the public at Claggett/Rey Gallery in Vail today from 5-7 p.m.

In 1978, Terri was invited by the noted Canadian artist Clarence Tillenius to come and paint with a group of other artists in the wild Okanagan area of southern British Columbia. Robert Lougheed, a prominent western painter who was a member of the Cowboy Artists of America along with Bill Moyers, was a part of the Tillenius group. The following year, Lougheed invited John to come to Canada and paint with them. It was there, among the mountains, that John and Terri discovered the genuine genesis for their careers in fine art – and they also found each other.

John and Terri were married in 1982. They settled down together in New Mexico, first in Albuquerque, and then for good on the outskirts of town beneath the brilliantly blue Santa Fe sky. They’re devoted to each other and to their son, Josh. He was born in 1991, at about the same time their careers really began to take off with representation in first-class galleries and invitations to exhibit at the Prix de West show in Oklahoma City. Both of them received major awards at the prestigious event. John has also won several medals with the Cowboy Artists of America since being invited to join that organization in 1994.

Terri has become best known for her poignant paintings of cowgirls and horses. John paints a lot of Indians, but is maybe best known for his paintings of the Mexican Revolution era. Those are the primary images and ideas upon which their reputations rest, and that the collectors have come to expect. However, there is a more personal and profound aspect of their art. That aspect is seen for the first time in the work assembled for this show at Claggett/Rey Gallery.

For 25 years, the Moyers have returned to Canada each summer to recapture and renew the original inspiration for their lives together as artists and sweethearts. There, in the scenic splendor of Rocky Mountain wilderness, they paint for themselves and from their hearts. This exhibition of those plein air paintings provides a rare insight into the creative core of their essence as artists.

The show includes 150 paintings and runs through the end of the month. For further information, call Claggett/Rey Gallery at 476-9350.


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