Trailside is one of the oldest galleries in Jackson, and since its earliest days it has celebrated the Old West.
“It’s built on a foundation of Western art,” said Maryvonne Leshe, managing partner at Trailside Galleries. “We’ve spent 55 years introducing Western artists to our clients.”
“Spirt of the West” honors that tradition. It’s the gallery’s annual Western show, featuring work by artists who paint cowboys, Native Americans and agricultural landscapes.
Shawn Cameron also hangs a solo showcase, “A Ranching Tradition.”
Both shows will open with a reception Thursday, which Cameron will attend, and will hang through August.
Cameron comes from a multigeneration ranching family in Arizona. Her work depicts the contemporary cowboy life.
Cameron has a soft palette and creates soft edges with her brushstrokes. She’s a skilled illustrator, Leshe said. Her work is realistic and portrays life on a ranch.
“She lives that life,” Leshe said. “It’s not a Hollywood interpretation.”
Cameron is particularly known for her horses. Often collectors looking at horse art know the animals and can tell if the legs are too long or the head is too big or if anything else is out of proportion, Leshe said. Cameron’s work is accurate.
The artist, who has been with the gallery about 20 years, will show eight new paintings in varying sizes.
“It’s nice for people to see Western art isn’t done just by the men,” Leshe said. “There are very fine women artists out there, too.”
Cameron is joined by about 20 other artists, including Z.S. Liang, one of the gallery’s most popular painters, who created a large piece depicting a member of the Blackfoot tribe.
Stan Davis, known for his strong palette, paints large Native American portraits in a contemporary style. He is known for his realistic use of bold colors that give the paintings a modern feel, Leshe said.
Alfredo Rodriguez paints trappers from the fur trade era. He is known for his attention to detail, especially in depicting clothing.
The exhibit is meant to show a variety of styles from historical Western paintings to contemporary. The annual show is popular with clients. People come from all over in August to Jackson.
Now some of the gallery’s clients’ children have become Western art collectors.