Sandy Magrath: Dogs of the Southwest
May 1 – June 30, 2019
A meet the artist reception is planned for Thursday, May 9th – 3:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Come and Go – Bring a friend! Refreshments will be available! Art available to purchase.
Who is Sandy Magrath?
She grew up in Norman, Oklahoma, and graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. In 1987, she moved to Texas and 10 years later, started Texas Autosports with her husband. In 2011, they sold the business and traveled the country in a motorhome. Now she’s back in her hometown of Norman and has started a new career as an artist. With colorful acrylic paints and large canvases, she creates her happy dog portraits.
Sandy’s a happy artist. You can thank her dogs, Lacey and Jade. They provide her with daily doses of creative inspiration.
You paint dogs! Which dog inspired you to start painting?
The first dog I painted was an Australian Shepherd named Scooter that I adopted from the local shelter. He had lots of personality and one bum eye, but I painted him with two good eyes because I didn’t want anyone to think I was a bad painter ha ha! He was a great dog!
How many dogs claim you and what are their names and ages?
I have had dogs by my side since the 2nd grade. I still feel a connection to each and every one of them and miss them all dearly. Currently, I have two rescued Border Collies named Lacey (6 yrs old) and Jade (3 yrs old). They enjoy agility training/competing, hiking, and keeping me company in my studio.
Your paintings have so much personality!
Thank you for that compliment! I just paint the dogs as I see them. So, the personality actually comes from the dog. Even though my style is contemporary as opposed to being realistic, you can still see the individual personality of each dog. In my paintings of Lacey, her shyness steps forward. Jade’s personality is pure goofiness, which I think always comes through in the work I do of her.
Have you ever painted cats, or any other animals?
Yes! I have a crazy love for dogs, so most of my work is of dogs. But I absolutely love all animals and have also painted a cow, horse, wolf, chicken, pig, cat, and a parrot.
What’s the best compliment you’ve ever received on your work?
The best compliment is always the smile I see on the faces of the people observing my work. When someone approaches one of my pieces and a big smile pops up on their face, I know that I have accomplished my goal.
Are your subjects tough critics?
That’s a great question! They LOVE everything I do … and a few good treats don’t hurt! But seriously, this unconditional love is available to anyone at their local animal shelters. Save a stray today, you won’t regret it!
Opening May 24, 2019
May 24 – July 28, 2019
Head on down the road to see us!
This nationally touring exhibit explores the significance of the bison from pre-history, to their relationship with the Plains Indians, near extinction, and current iconic status.
Book your group tours for all ages. Families and small groups are always welcome.
Educational programming available.
Open seven days a week or special hours with advanced request. (580) 252-6692. email@example.com
We have plenty of parking space, enough room for your motor homes and tour buses.
Opening July 4, 2019
A Texas State of Mind
Larry G. Lemons, Nocona, TX artist
July 4 – Sept. 22, 2019
A Texas State of Mind, featuring the art of Larry G. Lemons of Nocona, TX, exhibit will open July 4 – Sept. 22, 2019, at the Chisholm Trail Heritage Center in Duncan, OK.
A meet the artist reception will be 3:30 – 6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 11, at the Heritage Center.
As author John Steinbeck said, “Texas is a state of mind. Texas is an obsession. Above all, Texas is a nation in every sense of the word.” That quote is something Lemons proudly displays on his artist’s website, and it’s been his brand for many years.
“The icons of Texas and the great southwest make up my artistic arsenal,” Lemons said.
“I have taken colorful and iconic images and wrapped them in a package that I call
‘A Texas State of Mind.’ If you look closely, you will see such universal themes as
family values, patriotism, faith, humor, nostalgia and maybe more.”
Lemons and his wife Donna Rose, own and operate a gallery in Nocona. Lemons was once a dedicated photographer, having even earned his Master Craftsman title, but somewhere along the way, he switched gears to painting and also spent years teaching art to students in the public school system.
It all seems to have worked out well for him. His list of shows dates back to 1998 and includes multiple awards, calendar publishing, feature articles by magazines, television and newspapers. He also has participated in the Cowboy True annual art show in Wichita Falls and has been a Texas State Artist nominee. He also had a solo show at the Booth Western Art Museum Borderlands Gallery in Cartersville, GA, and at the Kemp Center for the Arts Northlight Gallery in Wichita Falls.
His paintings are bold, like Texas, and they feature the things most people associate with the big state – armadillos, the Lone Star, rusty pickup trucks, horned toads and livestock skulls. This nationally recognized artist is also known for adding dogs to his paintings. Sometimes one, sometimes an entire pickup bed of them. His art is fun, reflecting his own personality. In 2018, he designed a billboard for the Nocona Chamber of Commerce, “Welcome to Nocona – Classic Car Capital of Texas.”
“If my art makes you smile, then I’ve done my job,” he said.
Visitors to the Heritage Center on the National Day of the Cowboy celebration will also have a chance to see “A Texas State of Mind.”
Opening Oct. 1, 2019
Designed by Nature
Sarah Rodefeld, Maud, OK photographer
July 4 – Sept. 22, 2019
Whether it’s a pair of deer in the woods of Oklahoma, or the delicate points of a snowflake in Wisconsin, Maud photographer Sarah Rodefeld is patient and steady as she aims her lens. Her finished work is proof of her patience.
“Designed by Nature,” featuring the wildlife and landscape photography of Rodefeld will exhibit Oct. 1 – Jan. 6, 2020, at the Chisholm Trail Heritage Center in Duncan, OK.
An avid outdoors person, Rodefeld captures the minute details of life often missed by most people. Macro photography is one of her specialties.
“I’m just a country girl who grew up surrounded by trees,” said Rodefeld, who was born in the forests of northern Wisconsin.
“When I married my husband 27 years ago, I told him I’d follow him anywhere but Kansas or Oklahoma. Lucky for me, we moved to this great state 26 years ago and it’s been an amazing ride!”
Oklahoma’s natural beauty and landscapes inspired her from day one – from the amazing sunsets to the incredible diversity and abundance of wildlife.
“Oklahoma’s natural bounty is truly “Designed by Nature,” she said. “I love macro photography. It opens a whole other view from what you can see with the naked eye.” And she has captured everything from the snowflakes to hummingbirds and dragonflies, to bison and sunsets.
Rodefeld and her husband, Nels, live on a working cattle ranch near Maud (southeast of Shawnee), along with their dogs, Piper (a Blue Lacy) and Denali (a Weimaraner). She works for the State Department of Commerce helping provide federal funding for Oklahomans in need of assistance. They also make plenty of time for hunting, fishing and enjoying the outdoor life in Oklahoma and traveling to Wisconsin.
Sarah’s photography will be a mix of the nature found in both states. She loves photographing Wisconsin and other northern states in the fall season. On her bucket list? Alaska, the Rockies in the fall and Ireland/Scotland.