Spring | Summer 2009 Feature Articles



Remembering Wyeth

ANDREW WYETH DIED IN JANUARY, ON A WINTER'S NIGHT. He died in the dark blue bedroom with the bleached white moose skull, down beside the frozen Brandywine. He loved the winter, when the frosted ground is woven like a hand-knitted sweater and the bones are exposed and the world is asleep. It is hard edged and rough. And it is not…

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Finding a Spirit of Place

Written By Sarah Chase Shaw      

IN THE ARID INTER-MOUNTAIN WEST, A PHILOSOPHY OF LANDSCAPE architecture has developed that is deeply rooted in the land. There is a new meaning attributed to garden design that is based on the existing conditions of dry land, intense sun, temperature fluctuations, endless vistas and limited plant materials. Rather than ignoring these features, landscape architects across the region are embracing…

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Making a Difference

Written By Isabelle Walker      

THERE IS A STRETCH OF BEACH IN CARPINTERIA, CALIFORNIA, where a sheer cliff comes to a distinctive point, like the bow of a ship, and rises to a grassy bluff top. Known as Loon Point, artists have been capturing its dramatic features for decades. But in 1986, public access to Loon Point was jeopardized. A landscape painter named John Wilshire…

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Casa de Vidrio

Written By Rosemary Carstens       Photography By Audrey Hall      

UP A WINDING ROAD, ON A RIDGE JUST OUTSIDE OF SANTA FE, LIES CASA DE VIDRIO, a Pueblo-style sun salutation silhouetted against a brilliant New Mexico sky. The residence of Richard and Betsy Ehrenberg is the culmination of a dream — a dream the couple shared of a perfect backdrop for their world-class studio art glass collection. Their home would…

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The Evolution of Continuity

BORN IN 1946, CHARLES ARNOLDI HAS BEEN MAKING ART FOR MORE THAN 40 YEARS. His life, it seems, has been an uninterrupted and utterly organic exploration of material, shape, pattern and color. Described — perhaps branded — as “a natural,” Arnoldi has transitioned spontaneously and constantly from one medium to the next. In his new monograph, Charles Arnoldi:1972-2008, a provocative…

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Wildlife Art in the West

Written By Todd Wilkinson      

EVERY YEAR, HUNTERS CARRY DUCK STAMPS IN THEIR CAMOUFLAGED JACKETS. Families have cheap posters of grizzly bears and elk on the walls of their cabins in the woods. Sports teams have adopted certain species as their enduring mascots. And multi-national companies spend millions marketing animals as part of corporate branding and PR campaigns, promoting themselves as sound stewards of the…

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The Bradford Brinton Memorial & Museum

Photography By Audrey Hall      

IN A SLEEPY CORNER OF THE WEST, THE QUARTER CIRCLE A stretches gracefully along the foothills of the Bighorn Mountains. A working ranch typically is not the kind of place to find a legacy of valuable fine art, but this rural property keeps a significant collection in a near-original setting. The Bradford Brinton Memorial & Museum is an exquisite gem…

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Back at the Easel

FOR NEARLY THREE WEARY YEARS, JOHN NIETO WANDERED ALONE in the tortured desert of his own mind. Felled by a stroke in October 2002, the acclaimed Spanish/Indian artist, whose instantly recognizable works are collected and prized around the world, suddenly could barely speak. His hands shook uncontrollably. He would fall over when walking and, worst of all, he became so disinterested…

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