Local artist exhibits at 'Western Trappings on the Llano'
By Judith Pannebaker BCC Editor
"Western Trappings on The Llano," a juried art exhibition and sale, will be held Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, through Jan. 4 at the Llano County Historical Museum in Llano, Texas.
The 77-day event will showcase the finest in original western art, alongside custom trappings and gear, created by internationally recognized western artists. Among the artists featured in the exhibit is Carolyn Y. Minshew of Bandera.
The exhibition will celebrate the 71 artists from three countries and 15 states, promoting western culture, heritage and art that captures the grandeur and heritage of the American West. This unique collection of artists and their finest works, in a wide range of mediums, will be a treasure trove for the distinctive western art buyer and collector.
As a child, Minshew drew horses and daydreamed most of the time, including the classroom! "I grew up in a rural environment that included rodeos and feeding the livestock before catching the big yellow bus for a long ride to school. This gave me plenty of time to doodle images of other kids and the passing landscape."
As an adult, Minshew didn't paint seriously until she retired at 55, specifically to pursue a fine art career. "The great western painters like Bill Owen and Tom Ryan are my inspirations," she said. "I respond to color and shapes of a subject but the story is what I try to convey. A sassy cowgirl with an attitude stares at me from the mirror."
Minshew is the mother of two talented daughters and two amazing grandaughters. She resides on a ranch in Bandera with a variety of animals and rides cutting horses competitively.
In addition to being a member of the Coppini Academy of Fine Arts and Hill Country Artists Group, she is a member of American Women Artists and Oil Painters of America. In 2011, Minshew won the Edgar B. Davis Award - which she considers her "crowning achievement thus far." The Central Texas Oil Museum bought the winning painting for their permanent collection.
Medina digital fine artist Carole Boyd is also exhibiting at the western art exhibit.
The grand opening of "Western Trappings on The Llano" will be held on Heritage Weekend, October 18-20, in connection with the ninth annual Llano River Chuck Wagon Cook-Off and the 24th annual Llano County Heritage Festival.
A live auction of western art, contributed by the participating artists, will begin at 1 pm, Saturday, Oct. 19, adjacent to the Chuck Wagon Cook-Off in Badu Park in Llano.
The "Western Trappings on The Llano" exhibition and sale, as well as the live auction, are free events. All the family-friendly events are open to the public. The Llano Historical Museum is located at 310 Bessemer, in Llano, on the banks of the Llano River.
Additional information about "Western Trappings on The Llano" can be found online at http://www.llanomuseum.org and also on www.facebook.com/WesternTrappingsOnTheLlano.