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Wyoming ranch inspires painter’s latest works

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Claggett/Rey Gallery is hosting a one-man show featuring works by Jim Rey created from his recent visit to the T Cross Ranch in Dubois, Wyo.

Arrowhead residents Margaret and Loyal Wilson are part-owners of the T Cross Ranch and have a long relationship with Claggett/Rey Gallery. The Wilsons invited Rey to the ranch to explore and to paint T-Cross’ natural beauty and Western charm.

The show, “Shadowland: Paintings from the T Cross Ranch,” opens today.

T Cross Ranch is an authentic piece of the frontier American West. Surrounded by the Shoshone National Forest and the Washakie Wilderness Area, which borders Yellowstone National Park, the ranch sits in a secluded valley at 7,800 feet. Homesteaded in the 1890s as a cattle ranch, the T Cross is a dude ranch that has hosted generations of families since the 1920s. This historic ranch is true to its heritage and committed to preserving the traditions of the American West.

Even though his art career was first established in the commercial setting of television art direction, Rey’s life has always been about horses – riding, painting and drawing. His lifelong love of the West began on his family’s ranch in northern California. And for the past 40 years, his commitment has been to taking his art to the next level. Having the experience to go to the T Cross was like living a fantasy for Rey, he said. The ranch’s environment is based on tradition: honoring the dude ranching heyday, the beauty and character, the cabins, old corrals, and little things like having to throw a scoop of sawdust on the fire. His love of horses has led him to study, paint and photograph in different environments but the T Cross took Rey back in time, he said.

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Call the gallery at 970-476-9350 for details or visit claggettrey.com to view the paintings online.

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