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” includes Wolf’s photographs of western Oklahoma and Colorado landscapes as well as her shots of the Oklahoma Centennial Cattle Drive. Jones specializes in oil paintings of farm and wild animals. VanderWall captures in oil Arizona’s incredible scenery as well as landscapes from her travels and ranch animals. Cawdrey is best known for her "stunningly vibrant” colorful paintings of cowgirls, flowers and animals. Her works look like watercolor paintings but actually are done in French dye on silk. The Montana artist said she takes the ancient Chinese art of painting on silk and gives it a Westerner’s twist. She uses layers of dye to develop her trademark intense colors. There are few Western shows that highlight female artists, Cawdrey said, and she is excited to bring her work to Oklahoma. "It has a wonderful artistic tradition, does Oklahoma. ... I think there’s a bit of a glass ceiling with women artists, and to have a show that focuses on them is great,” she said.
"Women of the West" "Women of the West”
→When: Through April 28. →Where: Adelante! Gallery, 3003 Paseo. →Information: 525-4039 or www.cynthiadanielwolf.com.