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June 24, 2013

Bold paintings, detailed bronzes on display at CTHC

Bud Pawless exhibit open through July 31

DUNCAN — The work of Bud Pawless is on display at The Chisholm Trail Heritage Center, through July 31.

“Spirit of the West” is in the Garis Gallery of the American West at the facility and could be one of Cova Williams’ favorites. Williams is Museum Coordinator and for years has brought quality exhibits to Duncan that many people would normally never have a chance to see. She always says she loves them all, but she says his bronze castings are some of her favorites. She believes it is because of the amount of manual work that goes into them.

Among the many artist exhibits she has curated, are Donna Howell-Sickles, Jeanne Rorex Bridges, Timothy Tate Nevaquaya, Bill Wittliff, the late Robby McMurtry, Duncan artist Gay Faulkenberry, and Duncan native, Marilyn Diggs, who lives in Brazil.

The variety of exhibits range from oil paintings to photographs, bits and spurs and with Pawless’ work, both paintings and bronze sculptures featuring the American West.

Some of the exhibits, like Donna Howell-Sickles and Bud Pawless, earn placings in the Garis Gallery, while others are featured in other rooms of the facility. That’s because at times, there can be up to four exhibits on display. Along with the Bud Pawless exhibit, is an exhibit of photographs by Ron Tarver. (See accompanying link for article featured in the June 23, 2013, Sunday print edition of The Duncan Banner)

Pawless and his wife Mary live in southwestern Oklahoma near the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge. He has a gallery, Medicine Creek Gallery, located a half-block east of the town’s center in historic Medicine Park.

Pawless, a native Californian, became inspired by the western art after a trip to the National Cowboy Hall of Fame in Oklahoma City in the early 1970’s, shared Williams. Thus began the dedication through his creativity, to the cowboy heritage.

Pawless, for his sculptor training, was mentored by William “H” Holden of Cowboy Artists of America. He also stays current by attending workshops, at places like National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum.

Pawless’s heritage begins with his family and their Texas roots. The Pawless claim includes a legacy of cattle ranching dating to the 1900s.

For those who have not seen a Pawless painting, be prepared for boldness. His work is colorful and large. His paintings make one think of light and color of the landscape in a much more vibrant state.

For more than 40 years, he has dedicated his talents to honing his craft, but after retiring from a career in banking in 2010, he became a full time working artist.

Bud Pawless offers this, “Art means knowing, loving and painting what’s in your heart ... and to me that’s the American West.”

A meet the artist reception was held June 13 at the facility.

 

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