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Western art gets feminine perspective in Oklahoma exhibit

BY BRANDY McDONNELL Published: April 15, 2009

photo - "Bringin’ Up the Rear,” photograph by Cynthia Wolf. PHOTO PROVIDED BY Adelante! Gallery
"Bringin’ Up the Rear,” photograph by Cynthia Wolf. PHOTO PROVIDED BY Adelante! Gallery
From sweet-faced baby animals to neon-colored cowgirls, four women are sharing their love of the West through their distinctive artwork.

The "Women of the West” exhibit features the works of Nancy Dunlop Cawdrey of Bigfork, Mont., Sandra VanderWall of Tucson, Ariz., Paula Jones of Taos, N.M., and Cynthia Wolf of Oklahoma City. The show is on display through April 28 at Adelante! Gallery in the Paseo Arts District.

"I wanted to highlight the iconic images of the West but also these particular artists,” said Wolf, who owns Adelante! "I love all their work. Each artist is different.”

For the other three artists, "Women of the West” is the first show in Oklahoma to focus on their work, said Wolf, who has exhibited some of their paintings in the past year. They have been featured in exhibits as "Cowgirl Up!” in Sedona, Ariz., and "Heart of the West” at the National Cowgirl Museum in Fort Worth, Texas.

"Everybody here that likes Western or Southwest art, they see these artists all the time in Western Art Collector and Southwest Art Magazine and the American Painter, and unless they’ve gone to Jackson Hole or Sedona ... they probably haven’t seen their work up close and personal,” Wolf said.

She also wants to showcase the work of talented female Western artists.

"We see a lot of men that do Western art, but there’s a lot of really, really good women Western artists out there,” Wolf said.

"Women of the West"

"Women of the West”
When: Through April 28.

Where: Adelante! Gallery, 3003 Paseo.

Information: 525-4039 or


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